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Apes Valentes Undergraduate Research Award

Applications now being accepted for the 2016 Apes Valentes Undergraduate Research Award for research in pollinator biology and health

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is seeking undergraduate student applicants for Apes Valentes Undergraduate Research Award for research in pollinator biology and health. The successful candidates will receive an award of up to $4500 to be applied to wages and other project costs. Research, extension, education and outreach projects related to all aspects of pollinator biology and health are encouraged. Projects are expected to be conducted between May and August 2016. At least three awards are available. Students from non-biology background are especially encouraged to apply. These awards can involve the development of educational or art projects related to pollinators.

Interested students should submit their applications to LaTrisha Hough by April 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the decision of the selection committee by May 1, 2016. Applications should include a brief 1-2 page description of the proposed project, a one page letter of support from their faculty mentor, and a budget. The budget should include costs for wages (recommended $12.50/hour) and costs for materials and supplies (not to exceed $750). Students should directly contact faculty members they are interested in working with, or contact for assistance in identifying a faculty mentor.

The project description should include sections on background, significance, objectives, methodology (including how the results will be analyzed), expected outcomes, cited literature, the student's specific role in the project. Please also include a "broader impacts" section, which will explain how society will benefit from this project and describe at least one outreach activity that the student will participate in during the summer (for example, participating in the Center for Pollinator Research's exhibit at the "Wings in the Park" event). It is recommended that the student work closely with her/his mentor to develop the project, but the project should represent a student-generated effort. Thus, the student must be involved in all aspects of the proposal writing, project development, implementation, and data interpretation.

Upon completion of the project, the student will be asked to submit a one page report on the project outcomes.

For more information, please contact LaTrisha Hough.