University of Vermont

Center for Research on Vermont

Green Mountain Student Summer Scholar Award

Background

The Center for Research on Vermont's mission is to encourage and promote Vermont research.

To meet this mission, the Center coordinates the Green Mountain Summer Student Scholar Award to fund undergraduate students engaged with a Vermont researcher on a Vermont research project. This award is designed to support students in Vermont conducting Vermont-related research.

The Center will provide a one-time stipend of $2,000 for up to two selected recipients. (Note: the $2,000 can be used as stipend or for expenses, but is issued in one lump sum).

  • Proposals must be submitted by a degree-seeking undergraduate student at any college or university in Vermont.
  • The student should have the direct support and supervision of a Vermont researcher who is knowledgeable and qualified to support the proposed research effort. Students working with a member of the Center for Research on Vermont will receive preference.
  • However, any Vermont researcher can advise the student. Apply to be a member of the Center for Research.
  • Submissions should be made electronically by 4:30 p.m. on April 17, 2015 to: Mary Driscoll, Mary.Driscoll@uvm.edu (Tel:  802-656-1096).
  • Questions to Richard Watts at rwatts@uvm.edu.

Awards will be announced by May 1, 2015.

Application Process

Interested students should submit the following in a single PDF packet by 4:30 p.m. on April 17, 2015. Only full submissions will be considered. A single PDF file containing the following elements must be submitted:

  • Cover page with:
    • Student name, contact information, institution name, major and anticipated graduation date.
    • Supporting Vermont researcher name and contact information
    • Title of research
    • A one-paragraph synopsis of the research problem or question that the student will address and the approach planned.
  • A one-page work plan for the summer ending August 31, 2015 that will guide the student's research activities. Please explain how many hours you expect to work, and how you intend to allocate those to the specific tasks and subtasks within your research.
  • A statement (up to 2 pages) by the student specifying their interest, qualifications and ability to address the research proposed and their interest in continuing this line of research beyond this summer.
  • The student's current resume (including GPA).
  • An endorsement of the research plan and student by a Vermont researcher, stating how they know the student, how qualified the student is to carry out the work, why the research is important, and IF relevant, how it links with their own research.

Criteria

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Clearly address a Vermont research topic with sound methodology
  • Support an undergraduate student with the skills and motivation capable of carrying out the research.
  • Connect to a mentor who has a demonstrated record of Vermont-related research and evidence of engaging with undergraduate students.
  • Are sponsored by a Vermont researcher who is a member of the Center for Research on Vermont

Timeline

Applications due by 4:30 p.m. on April 17, 2015

Selection decision announced by May 1, 2015

Summer 2015: research conducted

September 15, 2015: research report submit deadline.

Requirements for Selected Recipient (2014 Recipient)

  • Submit a report summarizing completed activities (3-5 pages) by September 15, 2014
  • Acknowledge the Center in related publications or activities.
  • Support Center research activities as appropriate (e.g. participate actively in communicating their experience doing Vermont research, including presenting at research conferences and/or in Vermont Studies classes and/or other venues).
  • Students must be degree-seeking and not have graduated by Sept 1, 2014

Other Notes:

  • Students may be granted office space and general support at the Center for Research on Vermont's Nolin House office, 589 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont.
  • Award selection committee: John Crock, Ann Kroll-Lerner, Arthur Woolf, Dona Brown, Richard Watts, Teresa Mares, Margaret Tamulonis.
  • This is structured as a merit-based research stipend which should be in addition to, not instead of any existing student financial aid.
  • Degree-seeking students are enrolled in a higher education program at a Vermont-based college or University.
  • New members are accepted at the Center's Annual Meeting in May, 2015. However, for the purposes of this award, researchers who have applied for membership status will qualify for receiving preference in the selection process, as long as they have applied prior to the application deadline. The member application process is described on the Center's website. Please direct membership questions to Margaret Tamulonis, Margaret.Tamulonis@uvm.edu, Chair of the Center’s Executive committee.  Other questions should go to Center Director Richard Watts, rwatts@uvm.edu.
  • Special thanks to the donors who made this award possible and Kristin Peterson-Ishaq and Kelly Dutra for their work organizing the endowment fund.

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