Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) Grants of up to $4,000
Deadline: April 3rd

see go/aoe for more information

The Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) was created by the generosity of a Middlebury alumna from the 1970s. This endowment, inspired by the very meaningful experience of the alumna’s thesis project, is used to provide support to faculty and students who wish to pursue community-connected projects and integrate “real world” issues within academic course work.

AOE grants are administered by Community Engagement and provide financial support to both faculty and students for pursuits that involve community-connected teaching, learning, and research. Examples of these kinds of approaches include project-based learning (when there is a direct community connection), community-based learning, participatory action research, service-learning, and more.

AOE grants help fund community-connected research, modify an existing course, or prepare a new course offering. The application is available to download at go/aoe. If your idea meets the following criteria, then please consider applying for an Academic Outreach Endowment grant.
• Involves collaboration with a community organization
• Addresses one or more community-identified needs
• Relates to a course that you will teach

AOE grants can be used to pay for the following examples of expenditures for faculty projects (you may think of other needs or ideas!):
• the wages of a student T.A., to help oversee the logistics of a course-related community-connected project
• associated travel costs for you, your students, the community partners, and/or other involved parties
• refreshments or catering for a semester-end presentation of your students’ findings
• materials or supplies needed to carry out the project
• modest honorarium to be given to participating community partner(s) for time, collaboration, and expertise
• publishing costs to print hard copies of report or project findings, etc.

If you have any questions regarding this RFP process, please feel free to contact Tiffany Sargent,

The deadline for applying for the Kellogg Fellowships for senior work in the humanities is 3/21/16. See more information at go/Kellogg.

The next deadline for SRPS funding is 4/15/16, for projects occurring during summer 2016 and academic year 16-17. Rising seniors and super seniors may apply. This deadline is for applications between $350 and $1600. Applications of $350 or less are accepted on a rolling basis as funding permits. More information at go/srps.

There are still spots open for students interested in learning more about the Mitchell Scholarship with director Serena Wilson. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Candidates must be US citizens. Applicants are judged on three criteria:

  • scholarship,
  • leadership, and
  • a sustained commitment to community and public service.

To sign up for lunch on Monday (12:15-1:15) in the CTLR, see go/appt


University of Nevada, Reno Summer 2016 REU Program
Application Deadline: Friday, March 18th, 2016

Students will explore the intersections of socioeconomic and natural sciences in relation to drought resiliency in the Tahoe, Sierra Nevada and Great Basin Regions, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Overview of Program:
REU research teams will work in the Eastern Sierra Region of Nevada, specifically within the Lake Tahoe Basin and the surrounding northwestern Great Basin high desert. The program will encompass a wide range of interdisciplinary research, examining the various approaches to assessing, modeling, and managing water resources in the context of global climate change and diminishing snowpack. Participants will gain exposure to diverse scientific inquiries and technologies in order to glean how the socioeconomic and natural sciences inform land use policy and adaptive management of economic and natural resources.

The program will take place during the ten consecutive weeks of 6 June through 12 August 2016. Students in the program will be provided a stipend of $4750, plus housing.

Research Topics Include: · Rephotography: Changing Landscapes in the Tahoe Basin · Hydrology: Predicting Changes From Snow to Rain in the Eastern Sierra Nevada · Sage Grouse: Habitat Restoration in the Sierra Nevada · Agricultural Drought Management and Decision-Making · Modeling reservoir operations to mitigate for climate impacts on fisheries · Ecohydrological Effects of Pinyon and Juniper Removal · Ecological Investigations of Tree Limits in Nevada Mountain Ranges

Eligibility: Qualified undergraduates, who will have junior or senior status and will be a full-time student in the Fall 2016 term, with a combination of coursework in the following disciplines are invited to apply: environmental studies, natural resources, biology, ecology, hydrology, resource economics, photography, and statistics. We especially encourage applications from students at primarily undergraduate and non-research institutions and from underrepresented groups. Participants must be citizens or permanent legal residents of the USA.

Contact: For further information, email the Program Coordinator, Amanda Van Dellen at or visit their website for application materials and mentor profiles:

Join Fellowships Dean Lisa Gates for a conversation with Ed Johnson, a Middlebury parent, scientist and Rhodes scholar on Thursday, March 3 at 7pm in MBH 104.

This may be especially relevant for science students, but all interested in graduate study in the UK or British scholarships (Rhodes, Marshall, Gates-Cambridge etc. which generally need a GPA of 3.7 and up) are welcome!

A Scientist Looks at the Big Name Fellowships and Graduate Study in the UK

Dr. Ed Johnson, a scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist based in Boston will talk about science careers, big name fellowships, and how it works to go abroad for a few years after college. Many of the post-graduate fellowships, especially the famous ones, seem to be aimed at students in the humanities and social sciences. Can a natural science student win one of these? If they do, how will it impact their research career?

More about Dr. Johnson: A physicist by training, Dr. Johnson is a Rhodes Scholar, who earned his doctorate at Oxford and went on to success in government, corporate, and academic settings. Dr. Johnson started a technology company and led it through an initial public offering. He now consults with university-based groups and start-up companies on strategies for product development and company spin-out. His main current project is at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, helping to imagine the physics, engineering, and economic challenges of a fusion energy future.

With roughly two hundred published papers and eighteen US patents, Dr. Johnson has served on a number of state and national boards, including the Massachusetts business development council, the US Department of Energy council on sensors for next generation vehicles, and the Washington and Lee University science board. He remains active in the Rhodes Scholar alumni organization and every year, he coaches applicants for Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright fellowships.

see go/british for more information about British Scholarships

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