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The intention of the Ian Worley Awards is to recognize students and faculty whose inspired, novel and creative ideas have led them to seek innovative paths in pursuing environmental goals. Establishing these awards was inspired by the empowering teaching of Ian A.Worley, former Professor of Botany and Environmental Studies in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of the University’s Environmental Program. Dr. Worley’s integrative and creative approach to problem solving and scientific inquiry was inspiring and impactful to Gary Simpson, who initiated this award in the spirit of fostering and celebrating creative, integrative, imaginative and innovative approaches in dealing with the environmental challenges that face us.

Who can apply?

Any imaginative undergraduate Environmental Studies or Environmental Science major or minor, undergraduates who have taken or are taking a 200‐level ENVS course, and UVM faculty members who regularly teach Environmental Studies courses.

What kind of projects are funded?

You may propose any creative or innovative project (research, art, education, journalism, activism, community partnership) that addresses a fundamental sustainability issue. We invite you to propose projects with new and even untested paths of mind and thought. Projects may be critical responses to persisting environmental ills, or to the sudden appearance of unforeseen threats. Projects may address pathways or understanding for the enhancement of flourishing environments and sustainability.
Guiding principles for proposals:

  • Projects should take a broadly interdisciplinary approach
  • Projects should be driven by new paths of mind and thought
  • Projects should be creative, integrative, imaginative
  • Projects should have the potential to be a catalyst for change

How much can I ask for?

Anywhere between $500 and $7500. Multiple awards may be given.

Ian Worley, former Director of the Environmental Program. 



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Application guidelines

Apply Here

   Deadline April 9th