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Scholarships and Awards

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2021 Earth and Planetary Sciences Departmental Scholarship Opportunities

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will be offering several scholarship awards for the Spring and Summer quarters of 2021. These scholarships are funded by EPS foundations and endowments and have a variety of eligibility requirements and restrictions on use of funds. Awards are designated for graduate students, undergraduate students, or both, and range in size from small stipends to completely funded (tuition + salary) one quarter GSR appointments. Each application will require one recommendation letter from a faculty advisor. Please send all application materials and inquiries to Dr. Wei Liu (wei.liu@ucr.edu) by Friday, February 26. The Scholarship Committee consists of Dr. Heather Ford (Chair), Dr. Andrey Bekker, Dr. Wei Liu,  and Dr. Edward Schwieterman. 
 

    • Shawn Biehler Distinguished Graduate Award

      One academic quarter GSR appointment (tuition + salary) or one summer quarter of funding (50% FTE) for graduate students conducting research in the field of geophysics or applied geophysics. Awards will be based on merit and need.

      Eligibility: Graduate students

      Application Requirements: One-page research statement, past financial support statement, unofficial transcripts, one-page curriculum vitae, budget, and one recommendation letter. 

    • Harry Green Geophysics Graduate Endowed Award

      Awards of up to $3,000 to support the research of graduate students in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. Eligible expenses include travel support for field research or conferences, conference fees, research equipment, and stipends or partial summer GSR support. Awards will be based on merit. 

      Eligibility: Graduate students

      Application Requirements: One-page research statement, past financial support statement, unofficial transcripts, one-page curriculum vitae, budget, and one recommendation letter.

    • Roland Blanchard Fund—Graduate Application

      One academic quarter GSR appointment (tuition + salary) or one summer quarter of funding (50% FTE) for graduate students working on any aspect of field geology, mineralogy, or geochemistry of mineral deposits other than oil. Additional eligible expenses such as equipment or travel may be considered and require an additional budget narrative. Awards will be based on merit and need.

      Eligibility: Graduate students

      Application Requirements: One-page research statement, past financial support statement, unofficial transcripts, one-page curriculum vitae, budget, and one recommendation letter. 

    • Mike Murphy Endowed Field Studies Fund—Graduate Application

      One academic quarter GSR appointment (tuition + salary) or one summer quarter of funding (50% FTE) for graduate students engaged in field studies at the Department of the Earth and Planetary Sciences. Additional eligible expenses such as equipment or travel may be considered and require an additional budget narrative. Awards will be based on merit and need.

      Eligibility: Graduate students

      Application Requirements: One-page research statement, past financial support statement, unofficial transcripts, one-page curriculum vitae, budget, and one recommendation letter.

    • Mike Murphy Endowed Field Studies Fund—Undergraduate Application

      Awards of up to $3,000 to support the research of undergraduate students engaged in field studies at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Eligible expenses include travel support for field research or conferences, conference fees, research equipment, and summer research stipends. Awards will be based on merit. 

      Eligibility: Undergraduate students

      Application Requirements: One-page research statement, unofficial transcripts, one-page curriculum vitae, budget, and one recommendation letter.

    The past support statement is a short table or document that details:

    • Current quarter at UCR (e.g., 5th quarter)
    • Quarters supported by Fellowship (including Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship)
    • Quarters supported by TA (not summers)
    • Quarters supported by GSR (not summers)
    • Summers supported and unsupported
    • Fellowship applied for by the date (e.g., NSF, NASA, UCR internal, other external)
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