Utah Chapter: Grants-in-Aid

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Grant Information:

The Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) offers Grants-in-Aid for graduate and undergraduate research. Over $4,000 was awarded last year!

To apply send a completed proposal to blairstringham@utah.gov by March 4, 2016. Grant recipients will be announced at the UTTWS Annual Meeting Banquet Thursday March 24, 2016 at 6pm in Red Lion Hotel St. George, UT.

Research and Mentoring Grants:

The purpose of Utah Chapter TWS research grants is to assist marginally funded research projects, not add to already well-funded efforts. These funds can be used for supplies, travel, wages or publications associated with existing wildlife projects.

Utah Chapter TWS mentoring grants reimburse students for their time, supplies, and/or other expenses involved with conducting a wildlife research project. Students may either design their own project or work on a professor’s ongoing research, but all students must work with a faculty mentor. Some students may approach faculty with their own ideas, while others may propose to assist wildlife research that is already ongoing. Students should initiate the mentoring relationship by asking a faculty member to advise them on a project.

Application Guidelines:

Proposal Format must follow these guidelines:

  • The proposal should be 2 pages single spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point times new roman.
  • Header: Proposal Title, Applicant’s name and Applicant’s email.
  • Goal/Purpose: write a succinct statement summarizing the goal of the project.
  • Importance of project: explain why this project is important. It may, for example, fill a research need, attempt to provide a practical solution to a vexing problem, or create an aesthetic work of art.
  • Main Proposal Body: This section is the main body of your proposal. Include your research plans, methods and expectations for this project based on the unique skills you and your mentor possess to conduct this project. If you need to include images or symbols with your proposal, please be sure to optimize the images so the entire document is not more than 2 MB.
  • Anticipated Outcome: describe any presentations, displays, publications, or other tangible outcomes you anticipate. This may be a paper, a formal presentation, a performance, an invention, or even a lecture in a public forum such as a class presentation.
  • Qualifications: explain why you are qualified to pursue this project.
  • Project Timetable: summarize the major milestones in your project.

Eligibility for Grants

  • Must be currently enrolled as a fulltime student.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Must have a research project in need of financial support for research grant OR Must have faculty member who is willing to serve as a mentor for mentoring grant
  • Must be willing to make a brief oral or poster presentation at the 2016 Utah Chapter of the TWS meeting.

Congratulations to the 2015 student grant recipients:

Jacob Hall: $1,200.00 scholarship to assist in his work on: Impacts of Coyote Removal on the Survival of Mule Deer Fawns

Austin Green:  $1,200.00 scholarship to assist in his work on: Estimating density of large mammals with camera traps in Red Butte Canyon

Brandon Flack: $800.00 scholarship to assist in his work on:  Morgan-Summit Sage-grouse Management Area Greater Sage-grouse Population: Habitat Use Patterns and Vital Rates of the Conservation Implications for Managers

Charles Sandford: $800.00 scholarship to assist in his work on: Effects of Pinyon and Juniper Removal on Greater Sage-grouse Habitat Use and Vital Rates in Northwestern Utah.