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Research Opportunities

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute awards grants to undergraduate and graduate students to complete research projects at the Institute each year. The Undergraduate Research Grants for the Environment (URGE) program provides a unique opportunity for teams of undergraduate students and their faculty mentors to utilize the Institute's West Michigan biological field station for environmental and scientific research. The undergraduate grants fund full-time summer research projects in the natural sciences, including biology, zoology, natural resource management, environmental science, chemistry, and geology. The Nature in Words Fellowship provides funding for a creative writing project. The Gordon Art Fellowships support a 2-dimensional art project. The Graduate Student Fellowship supports graduate students doing multi-year research projects at the Institute.

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URGE Fellowship for Summer Research


The Undergraduate Research Grants for the Environment program provides stipends for pairs of students and a faculty mentor to conduct research at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in the natural sciences. Because one of the primary purposes is to foster faculty mentor-student relationships as a powerful educational and motivational tool, we require research proposals and projects to be a shared effort between students and faculty mentors. The fellowship will be awarded based on the quality of the proposal. It will include a $3,750 stipend per student, on-site housing, and partial meal support for the 10-12 week (full-time) project. The faculty mentor is eligible for a stipend of up to $3,500 for travel, supplies, or salary. For more information about the URGE program or other opportunities at the biological field station, please contact Sara Syswerda, education director, at (269) 721-4434.

 

Land Management Fellowship

The Land Management Fellowship is a unique opportunity being offered at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute to young natural resources professionals to develop skills in plant identication, invasive species monitoring and control, prescribed fire, herbicide application, GIS, and other skills land managers use. Students will work directly with Institute staff for this unique learning opportunity. The fellowship will include a $3,750 stipend, on-site housing, and partial meal support for the 10-12 week (full-time) project.

 

Nature in Words Fellowship


The Nature in Words Fellowship is a unique opportunity being offered at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute to creative writers. Modeled after the Gordon Art Fellowship, it provides an undergraduate student an unique opportunity to nurture and cultivate his or her writing abilities while living within the beauty of the Institute's natural setting. The goal of the fellowship is to develop the writer’s creativity by deepening their appreciation of nature and the sciences. The student, along with a faculty mentor, will propose a project that will culminate in a complete written body of work. This program is open to full-time students who have not yet completed their requirements for graduation and who are currently attending one of the consortium educational institutions. The fellowship will be awarded based on the quality of the proposal. It will include a $3,750 stipend, on-site housing and partial meal support for the 10-12 week (full-time) project. The faculty mentor is eligible for a stipend of up to $3,500 for travel, supplies, or salary. For more information about the Nature In Words program or opportunities at the biological field station, please contact Sara Syswerda, education director, at (269) 721-4434.

 

Gordon Art Fellowship


The Gordon Art Fellowship provides an undergraduate art student the chance to bring together his or her love of nature and art into one unique learning experience. Modeled after the Institute’s summer research URGE program, the Gordon Art Fellowship provides a stipend to an undergraduate art student and a faculty mentor with the purpose of creating a two-dimensional visual art project at the Institute. This program is open to full-time students who have not yet completed the requirements for graduation and are attending one of the consortium member educational institutions. This learning opportunity is provided by George and Barbara Gordon, whose commitment to the arts is inspiring to the Institute. The fellowship will be awarded based on the quality of the proposal. It will include a $3,750 stipend, on-site housing, and partial meal support for the 10-12 week (full-time) project. The faculty mentor is eligible for a stipend of up to $3,500 for travel, supplies, or salary. For more information about the Gordon Art Fellowship or opportunities at the biological field station, please contact Sara Syswerda,education director, at (269) 721-4434.

 

Graduate Research Fellowship


Starting in 2015, we will be offering grants to graduate students to conduct graduate research at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. The fellowship will be awarded based on the quality of the proposal. Funding for a student stipend ($6,000/semester), housing, partial meal support, and $5,000 in project supplies is available. For more information about the Graduate Fellowship program or other opportunities at the biological field station, please contact Sara Syswerda, education director, at (269) 721-4434.


Grand Valley State University

Danielle Bradke will work with Professor Jennifer Moore to continue her project investigating the effective population size and demography of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake. They will be working as part of a team with two of our Undergraduate Research Grant for the Environment recipients.

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