Posted: February 6, 2023

Penn State undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for funds to pursue a research or arts project of their choosing that pertains to pollinator biology and health - applications due Friday March 17!

Applications now being accepted for the 2023 Apes Valentes Student Award for summer research and other projects in pollinator biology and health!  

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is seeking applicants for the Apes Valentes Student Award to support student-led projects in pollinator biology and health. Applicants may be either undergraduate or graduate students. Research, extension, education and/or outreach projects related to all aspects of pollinator biology and health are encouraged. Students from non-biology backgrounds that would like to develop artistic or other scholarly works related to pollinators to be disseminated to the public are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will receive an award of up to $5500 to be applied to wages and project costs. Projects must be conducted between May and August 2023.

Interested students should submit their applications to Susan Bass ( by March 17, 2023. Applicants will be notified of the decision of the selection committee by March 31, 2023. Applications should include a brief 2-page description of the proposed project, a one-page letter of support from their faculty mentor, and a budget. The budget can include costs for undergraduate wages (recommended $14/hour), travel needed for the project, and for materials and supplies, but cannot include graduate student stipend. Undergraduates and graduate students will be evaluated considering their career level, and thus both are equally likely to receive the reward. 

The project description should include sections on background, significance, objectives, methodology, 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, importance of the work to pollinator health, 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 will be asked to submit a brief report on the project outcomes in December 2023.  

For more information, please contact Heather Hines (  




Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Scholarship for research in bee biology and health! 

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is seeking undergraduate student applicants for the Dutch Gold Honey Scholarship for bee research, preferably on honey bees but projects on other bees will be considered as well. The successful candidates will receive a scholarship of $3000 and the opportunity to participate in research with a faculty member from the Center in the Fall 2023 semester, or longer if desired. Students are expected to commit 10 hours/week to their research project. 

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduates enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have completed or are registered for 300 and 400 level courses in Entomology.  However, if you are completing a minor in Entomology, you may also be eligible.  Please inquire with Heather Hines ( 

Interested students should submit their applications to Susan Bass ( by May 1, 2023. Applicants will be notified of the decision of the selection committee by May 12, 2023. Applications should include a one page cover letter describing the applicant’s interests in bee research and a brief letter of support from a faculty member. Students should directly contact faculty members they are interested in working with. 



Contact Information

Heather Hines, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Biology and Entomology