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2020 Rice Summer Scholars Request for Proposals announced

February 21, 2020

The VCU Rice Rivers Center will fund competitive research awards to students working on a directed thesis, dissertation, or independent study in 2020. The objectives of the program are to support directed research experiences for VCU students and to advance the Center’s core mission of scholarship in environmental science, conservation biology, water resources, and related disciplines. Funds will be available by May to cover costs (supplies, equipment, travel) and may be used through December, 2020. Applications for Student Scholarships are solicited based on the following limits: undergraduates up to $750, Master’s up to $1,500, and Doctoral up to $2,500. Collaborative requests are especially encouraged; budget totals for joint applications may be higher. Graduate students may request a summer stipend (i.e., salary, up to $2,000) as an additional supplement; such requests should be justified and will be considered based on available funding.    

Who May Apply: Current VCU undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester may submit a proposal for 2020 support.

Requirements: Written proposals must be received via email on or before April 3, 2020 and should include a cover letter, a concise (3-4 page) proposal with project title, introduction, objectives/hypotheses, methods, expected results, and a detailed budget, as well as a letter of support from a faculty advisor/mentor (required). The budget should show total project costs, not just funds being requested, and should justify the need for Rice Rivers Center support.  

Award decisions will be made in late April and will be announced at the 12th Annual Rice Research Symposium on May 1st, 2020 at the Center. 

Submit one electronic copy (pdf format) of your proposal and faculty advisor letter to Ronaldo Lopez ( no later than April 3, 2020.

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