Beck Botanical Research Funds (Academic year projects)
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.
Beck Botanical Fellowship for Summer Research
Through a generous gift to the Biology Department from Don Beck ’52 and the Pfitzer 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. You may apply for this fellowship to pursue an independent project of your own design, or to work collaboratively on a faculty-led project. 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.
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. Other budget items that will be covered by this fellowship include mileage associated with the research, other travel costs associated with getting to field sites (e.g., plane fare) and supplies and equipment. Applicants should consult the Student Employment Office and the Sponsored Research Office’s web pages for current rates. Estimates for the cost of supplies and equipment must include shipping costs. A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded to each applicant.
Applications must be submitted through the Undergraduate Research Office, at the time of their annual spring deadline for summer research proposals. Details on what to submit and when can be found at the URO website: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/resources/uro/funding/summerfunding
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.