Posted: January 17, 2020

We are now accepting applications for the for the 2020 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 the Apes Valentes Undergraduate Research Award for research in pollinator biology and health. The successful candidates will receive an award of up to $5000 to be applied to wages and other project costs. Research, extension, education and/or outreach projects related to all aspects of pollinator biology and health are encouraged. Projects are expected to be conducted between May and August 2020. Students from both biology and non-biology backgrounds are encouraged to apply. These awards can involve the development of educational or art projects related to pollinators. Students will preferentially be in the third or fourth year of their undergraduate degree program.

Interested students should submit their applications to by April 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the decision of the selection committee by April 20, 2020. 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 Heather Hines () 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, and 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. 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.

Recipients of this award must submit a one page report on the project outcomes, including the broader impacts by December, 2020. Funds must be spent by December 31, 2020.

For more information please contact Heather Hines ().