Graduate Research Excellence Grants

SSE has expanded its awards program for graduate students. From 2010 to 2017, SSE offered one research award for early career students – the Rosemary Grant Award. Starting in 2018, SSE will offer a new award program, the Graduate Research Excellence Grants (GREG). This new program includes two tiers of awards: one for early PhD students and one for advanced PhD students. These awards are named for eminent evolutionary biologists also known for their strong mentorship and training of young evolutionary biologists: The GREG R.C. Lewontin Early Award, and the GREG Rosemary Grant Advanced Award.

Click here to view previous winners of the Rosemary Grant Award (2010-2017). Click here to view all recipients of the Graduate Research Excellence Grants.

Graduate Research Excellence Grant (GREG) – R.C. Lewontin Early Award

The GREG – R.C. Lewontin Early Awards are to assist students in the early stages of their Ph.D. programs by enabling them to collect preliminary data (to pursue additional sources of support) or to enhance the scope of their research beyond current funding limits (e.g. by visiting additional field sites, or working at other labs). Awards up to $2500. Students need to confirm that the proposed work is outside of funding already held by the student or advisor. Proposals are due February 15, 2018. Learn more

Graduate Research Excellence Grant (GREG) - Rosemary Grant Advanced Award

The GREG - Rosemary Grant Advanced Awards are to assist students in the later stages of their Ph.D. programs. Funds can be used to enhance the scope of dissertation research, such as to conduct additional experiments or field work. Awards up to $3500. Only students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible, which can be confirmed by the advisor or graduate director stating that the student fulfills that requirement and is eligible. Students should confirm that the proposed work is outside other funding held by either the student or their advisor. Proposals are due February 1, 2018. Learn more

 

 

2018 Graduate Research Excellence Grant (GREG) – R.C. Lewontin Early Award

The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) is pleased to announce the 2018 Graduate Research Excellence Grant (GREG) – R.C. Lewontin Early Award competition. These awards are to assist students in the early stages of their Ph.D. programs by enabling them to collect preliminary data (to pursue additional sources of support) or to enhance the scope of their research beyond current funding limits (e.g. by visiting additional field sites, or working at other labs). Students need to confirm that the proposed work is outside of funding already held by the student or advisor.

Application process – To be considered for this year's award, application materials must be received electronically by FEBRUARY 15, 2018, 2pm Pacific Standard Time.

Applicants AND their mentors must be members of SSE, and are advised to join SSE, if not already members, as soon as possible to facilitate their applications (to join go to: https://payments.evolutionsociety.org/joinsse/. Previous awardees of an SSE graduate award may not re-apply, but previous applicants who were not selected for funding are welcome to re-apply. Awards will range from $1,500 - $2500 and approximately twenty awards will be made.

Focus on convincing the awards committee of the importance of the question, how the funds will allow you to reach certain objectives, and how these objectives fit into your overall thesis schedule, while also demonstrating that the research is sufficiently independent that funds from your mentor cannot be applied. Only Ph.D. students in their FIRST TWO YEARS are eligible. Funding is not limited to any particular aspect of research. This award is not limited to students in the United States.

How to prepare your application:

We use an online submission process.
Applications must be a single file in .pdf format with one-inch margins (= 2.5 cm) and 12 font. 
The application must include (as a single .pdf file): 
1. Research proposal describing objectives, methods, significance, and schedule (max. two single-spaced pages including literature cited and any figures and tables); 
2. Budget (1 page; no justification necessary, just a clear budget);
3. Personal statement describing previous experience, qualifications, outreach activities, and future goals (max. 300 words). No CV is required.

How to apply:

Log in to the SSE website to access the member homepage, and click the R.C. Lewontin Award link.

You should receive an email confirmation of receipt of your materials within 72 hours. If you do not, please contact SSE-Manager@EvolutionSociety.org.

Awardees will be notified in April 2018.

The award winners will be announced at the SSE Presidential Address. SSE would be pleased if you consider submitting work funded by the R.C. Lewontin Early Award to Evolution or Evolution Letters. All work published with funds from the award should acknowledge the Graduate Research Excellence Grant - R.C. Lewontin Early Award from SSE, and a full citation of the work should be submitted to SSE within 2 months of publication.

Awards are typically subject to 1099 reporting, and thus must be included as income by the recipient. All awardees will need to fill out an IRS W-9 form whether or not they are a US citizen, and whether or not they attend a US university. To avoid paying tax on the award, awardees may have their check deposited in a university research account. This award covers direct costs of research only; institutional indirect costs may not be charged to this award.  Non-US citizens and those not filing US tax returns are required to set up a separate university account to receive this award.

Members are encouraged to contribute to the Graduate Research Excellence Grant award program!

 

 

Graduate Research Excellence Grant (GREG) – Rosemary Grant Advanced Award

The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) is pleased to announce the 2018 Graduate Research Excellence Grant (GREG) – Rosemary Grant Advanced Award competition. These awards are to assist students in the later stages of their Ph.D. programs. Only students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible. Funds can be used to enhance the scope of dissertation research, such as to conduct additional experiments or field work. Eligibility can be confirmed by the advisor or graduate director stating that the student fulfills that requirement and is eligible. Students should confirm that the proposed work is outside other funding held by either the student or their advisor. Awards will range from $2,000 - $3,500 and approximately ten awards will be made.

Application process – To be considered for this year's award, application materials must be received electronically by FEBRUARY 1, 2018, 2pm Pacific Standard Time.

Applicants AND their mentors must be members of SSE, and are advised to join SSE, if not already members, as soon as possible to facilitate their applications (to join go to: https://payments.evolutionsociety.org/joinsse/.

Focus on convincing the awards committee of the importance of the question, how the funds will allow you to reach certain objectives and expand the scope of your thesis work, and how these objectives fit into your overall thesis project, while also demonstrating that the research is sufficiently independent that funds from your mentor cannot be applied. Only Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible. Funding is not limited to any particular aspect of research. This award is not limited to students in the United States.

How to prepare your application:

We use an online submission process.
Applications must be a single file in .pdf format with one-inch margins (= 2.5 cm) and 12 font. 
The application must include (as a single .pdf file): 
1. Research proposal, describing objectives, methods, significance, and schedule, including how the award would enhance your thesis work (max. two single-spaced pages including literature cited and any figures and tables);
2. Budget (1 page; no justification necessary, just a clear budget);
3. Personal statement describing previous experience, qualifications, outreach activities, and future goals (max. 300 words)
4. Confirmation of eligibility as a signed letter from the thesis advisor or graduate director.

How to apply:

Log in to the SSE website to access the member homepage, and click the Rosemary Grant Award link.

You should receive an email confirmation of receipt of your materials within 72 hours. If you do not, please contact SSE-Manager@EvolutionSociety.org.

Awardees will be notified in April 2018.

The award winners will be announced at the SSE Presidential Address. SSE would be pleased if you consider submitting work funded by the Rosemary Grant award to Evolution or Evolution Letters. All work published with funds from the award should acknowledge the work as funded by the Graduate Research Excellence Grant - Rosemary Grant Advanced Award from SSE, and a full citation of the work should be submitted to SSE within 2 months of publication.

Awards are typically subject to 1099 reporting, and thus must be included as income by the recipient. All awardees will need to fill out an IRS W-9 form whether or not they are a US citizen, and whether or not they attend a US university. To avoid paying tax on the award, awardees may have their check deposited in a university research account. This award covers direct costs of research only; institutional indirect costs may not be charged to this award.  Non-US citizens and those not filing US tax returns are required to set up a separate university account to receive this award.

Members are encouraged to contribute to the Graduate Research Excellence Grant award program!

 

 

 

Graduate Research Excellence Grants Recipients

2018 Recipients

R.C. Lewontin Early Award

Aaron-Jay Alcala, University of Georgia. Advisor: Douglas Menke
Abrar Aljiboury, Syracuse University. Advisor: Jannice Friedman
Christina Balentine, The University of Texas at Austin. Advisor: Deborah Bolnick
Noori Choi, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Advisor: Eileen Hebets
Derek Filipek, University of Kentucky. Advisor: David Weisrock
Kerry Gendreau, Virginia Tech. Advisor: Joel McGlothlin
Aaron Griffing, Marquette University. Advisor: Tony Gamble
Sonal Gupta, University of Michigan. Advisor: Regina Baucom
Natalia Gutierrez-Pinto, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Advisor: Jay Storz
Lucas Henry, Princeton University. Advisor: Julien Ayroles
Jessica Hernandez, Virginia Tech. Advisor: Ignacio Moore
Anna Hiller, Louisiana State University. Advisor: Brant Faircloth
Michael Itgen, Colorado State University. Advisor: Rachel Mueller
Deidre Keating, University of Georgia. Advisor: Jill Anderson
Olivia Kosterlitz, University of Washington. Advisor: Ben Kerr
Emily Laub, University of Michigan. Advisor: Elizabeth Tibbetts
Rachel MacTavish, University of Georgia. Advisor: Jill Anderson
Emily Powell, University of Miami. Advisor: J. Albert C. Uy
Bryan Reatini, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Advisor: Todd Vision
Alexander Shephard, University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Advisor: Emilie Snell-Rood
Ken Thompson, University of British Columbia. Advisor: Dolph Schluter

Rosemary Grant Advanced Award

John Benning, University of Minnesota. Advisor: David Moeller
William Booker, Florida State University. Advisor: Emily Lemmon
Nicole Forrester, University of Pittsburgh. Advisor: Tia-Lynn Ashman
Benjamin Goulet, Harvard University. Advisor: Robin Hopkins
Ryan Greenway, Kansas State University. Advisor: Michael Tobler
Haley Kenyon, Queen's University. Advisor: Paul Martin
Justine Lamperty, Rice University. Advisor: Amy Dunham
Rachel Moran, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Advisor: Becky Fuller
Victoria Morgan, University of California, Davis. Advisor: Richard Grosberg
William Shoemaker, Indiana University Bloomington. Advisor: Jay Lennon
Brian Tanis, Oregon State University. Advisor: Rebecca Terry
Su'ad Yoon, University of Nevada Reno. Advisor: Matthew Forister


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