Applications now being accepted for the 2019 Apes Valentes Graduate Research Award for research in pollinator biology and health

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is seeking graduate student applicants for Apes Valentes Graduate Research Award for research in pollinator biology and health. The successful candidates will receive an award of up to $5000. Proposals that support undergraduate research assistants in addition to other project costs are encouraged. Projects can be related to research, extension, education and outreach in all aspects of pollinator biology and health. Projects are expected to be conducted between May and August 2019. Students from non-biology backgrounds are also encouraged to apply, as these awards can involve the development of educational or art projects related to pollinators.

Interested students should submit their applications to by April 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the decision of the selection committee by April 15, 2019. Applications should include a brief 1-2 page description of the proposed project, a one page letter of support from their faculty mentor(s), and a budget.

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 "Great Insect Fair" event). It is recommended that the student work closely with their mentor(s) 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, including the broader impacts.

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