Through a generous gift to the Biology Department from Don Beck ¹52 and the Pfizer Foundation, we have funds to support summer research in botany (including ecological, evolutionary, systematic, molecular, and genetic approaches to botanical questions). This research can be carried out in Middlebury or any other field or laboratory site. Current Middlebury College students can apply for this fellowship. Faculty can apply for this fellowship, on behalf of a student, to hire students to work as field assistants on a faculty-led project. Alternatively, students may apply for this fellowship to pursue an independent project of their own design.
You must have a Middlebury faculty sponsor, even for research done under the auspices of a faculty member at another institution. The primary stipulation is that the research relates to plants.
For students who work with a Middlebury faculty member as a Summer Research Assistant, the fellowship will pay a weekly stipend, at the rate established by the Student Employment Office, for up to 10 weeks of full-time summer research. For students living on the Middlebury College campus, a weekly room and board fee (set annually by the SEO) will be deducted from the paycheck. Up to $1000 in research-related expenses may be covered, including travel costs, supplies and equipment. Applicants should consult the Student Employment Office and the Sponsored Research Office¹s web pages for current rates. Estimates for the cost of supplies and equipment must include shipping costs.
For students who work with another research facility, the fellowship will cover expenses associated with the research. These include travel, food, housing, research supplies for the duration of the research up to a maximum of $4000. If additional summer funding is needed, students may also apply to CCI or SRPS as appropriate.
Applications must be submitted through the Undergraduate Research Office by the faculty sponsor, at the time of URO's annual spring deadline for summer research funding.
Details on what to submit and when can be found at the URO website:
Funds must be spent by September 30 of the year the fellowship is awarded, and a final report is due to the Biology Department chair by that date.
Through a generous gift to the Biology Department from Don Beck ’52 and the Pfitzer Foundation, we have funds to support student independent research in botany (including ecological, evolutionary, systematic, molecular, and genetic approaches to botanical questions). Current Middlebury College students enrolled in BIOL 500, BIOL 700, BIOL 701, ENVS 500, ENVS 700, MBBC 700 or 701 are eligible to apply for these funds, provided that the research project has a primary botanical focus.
Applications for Beck Research Funds should include the application form (also found on the "Funding your Research" page under "Independent Research"), and should be submitted along with the budget form and budget justification required of all students enrolled in 500, 700 or 701 projects in the Biology Department.
The Beck Funds will support the same costs as Biology Department funds; details are provided on the Biology Department website. A maximum of $500 will be awarded annually to each applicant.
Applications are due at the same time as 500/700/701 budgets.