FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades Scholar
The FAU HBOI ForEverglades scholarships are open to full-time graduate students from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) pursuing degrees in sciences and engineering conducting Greater Everglades related research. Preference will be given to students enrolled in an FAU Marine Science and Oceanography degree program who have a Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) research faculty advisor (chair of the student’s thesis or dissertation committee). FAU graduate students with HBOI faculty member/s serving on their thesis and dissertation research advisory committee would be eligible if the research ties into HBOI and Everglades Foundation research areas. Applications from FAU graduate students not linked to HBOI will be examined on a case by case basis.
FAU HBOI ForEverglades scholarships provide up to $20,000/year (PhD level) and $10,000/year (MSc level) towards research assistantship stipends, tuition fees, travel, and other research-related expenses. The amount of money associated with the scholarship is subject to change. The number of scholarships depends on the number and quality of applications. The duration of this scholarship is set for 12 months.
Areas of Special Interest
In general, the Everglades Foundation and FAU HBOI will support research related to Everglades restoration aimed at advancing our knowledge on Everglades physical, chemical or biological processes, or economic impacts of environmental changes. The Greater Everglades includes issues at locations such as the Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie Estuary, Caloosahatchee Estuary, Everglades Protection Area, Florida Bay, Lake Okeechobee and surrounding areas, and Kissimmee watershed. The Foundation and HBOI have identified several specific research areas that are of special interest:
1. Impacts of climate change, sea-level rise, and saltwater intrusion on the Greater Everglades.
2. Greater Everglades water quality (contaminant detection, removal processes and modeling).
3. Greater Everglades ecosystem response to variations in water flow and quality.
4. Conservation and restoration of Greater Everglades ecosystems.
5. Tool development for long-term Everglades ecosystem monitoring.
6. Understanding invasive species and their effects on Greater Everglades ecosystems.
The APPLICATION PROCESS
Materials to include
The application for the FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades Scholarship should contain the following:
1. Cover letter.
2. Proposal describing the research that the scholarship would support (no more than 5,000 words). The proposal is to clearly emphasize the expected contributions to Greater Everglades research and relevance to Everglades restoration.
3. Proposed budget.
4. A personal essay of no more than 2 pages on the candidate’s career goals and how the scholarship will support those goals and contributions.
5. A curriculum vitae, including transcripts (unofficial transcripts will be accepted).
6. A letter of reference from the student’s major professor.
7. At least one, and up to three other academic or professional letter(s) of reference preferably from an investigator(s) currently engaged in Everglades research.
8. Other relevant or supporting work products or documentation (such as published papers, presentations, awards, etc.) could optionally be included.
The Selection Process
All applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of representatives of FAU HBOI, other FAU units, as well as representatives from the Everglades Foundation to determine the potential contribution of the work to Everglades restoration. Recommendations from leading professors and investigators currently active in Everglades research are important. Other factors include the applicant’s prior research and/or publication record, academic record, the personal essay, and the interdisciplinary nature of the research.
Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2017. Awards will be announced no later than September 30, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.
After receiving the Everglades Foundation FAU Harbor Branch ForEverglades Scholarship, recipients will be expected to update the Everglades Foundation and FAU HBOI every 6 months on their academic progress, research results and relevant activities. Recipients may be interviewed occasionally for Everglades Foundation and FAU newsletters, and their research will be publicly disseminated.
Everglades scholars should provide to the Foundation and FAU the following deliverables from their individual projects:
1. A final report (scientific or technical paper) due 14 months after the scholarship has been awarded at the latest. The report should be in the format of a high quality scientific research paper approved by the faculty supervisor.
2. Result presentation at a bi-annual seminar organized by the Everglades Foundation. (The latest results obtained while conducting Everglades-related research).
The Everglades Foundation and FAU reserve the right of access to all data or metadata generated by the project. All publications or presentations resulting from this program should acknowledge the contribution of the Everglades Foundation and FAU.
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
Completed applications and letters of reference should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printed packages and letters of reference are also accepted. These can be sent to:
Everglades Foundation Fellowship Program
18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 625
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
All projects are reviewed for individual scientific merit, and past recipients are not necessarily indicative of future awards.
David Bradshaw, Florida Atlantic University – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute: Diversity of bacterial and archaeal communities in the Indian River Lagoon.
Bobby Duersch, Florida Atlantic University – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute: Pollution and speciation of phosphorus derived from equestrian and nursery activities in the C51 basin of Palm Beach County.