Posted by: magmatist | March 9, 2012

MBVRC is offering student research grants

For the first time, Mount Baker Volcano Research Center is offering research grants to students conducting research in geology, chemistry, biology, or other physical sciences at the volcano. This year’s grants are limited to WWU students; in future we plan to expand this offer to other institutions and to non-students. Funds for the grants come from selling t-shirts, field trip fees, and donations to MBVRC.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our research fund. Don’t be shy, feel free to contribute at any time. Research grants have been a long-term goal of MBVRC, and it is with great pleasure that we are now able to offer them.

The MBVRC Board of Directors is Pete Stelling, Sue Madsen, Doug McKeever, John Scurlock, and Dave Tucker.


The Mount Baker Volcano Research Center is offering a scholarship to support student scientific research of the Mount Baker area in the 2012-13 Academic Year.  The grant comprises 2 awards for scientific research that focuses on Mount Baker. Graduate and undergraduate students of any physical science discipline are encouraged to apply.  Awards will be separated into graduate ($1000 maximum grant) and undergraduate ($500 maximum grant) categories, and selected based on the qualifications of the applicant, the quality of the proposed research, and diversity of research topics.

The award may cover research-related expenses or travel to meetings, conferences, or short courses to present the work.  Tuition, non-research living (room and board) expenses, and non-research field trips etc. are not suitable uses of the money. Neither shall the money be used for salary or wages for the researcher or assistants. The successful applicant must write a short summary of how the money was spent and submit that information to MBVRC by December 31, 2013.  Copies of all research papers, posters or other forms of presentation will be provided to the MBVRC.  MBVRC’s support must be acknowledged in all public research presentations.

For this year’s awards, eligible candidates must be majoring in a physical science discipline and enrolled in upper-division or graduate science courses at Western Washington University.  Proposals must relate to some aspect of the scientific study of the Mount Baker area (geology, hydrology, biology, chemistry etc).

Proposal submissions for the grant should be submitted to:


c/o Dr. Pete Stelling

Geology Department

516 High Street

Western Washington University

MS 9080

Bellingham, WA 98225-9080

Instructions for application and submission of proposals is attached. Completed applications must be submitted to MBVRC by March 31, 2012.  The next award decision will be made by April 30, 2012.
A complete application will consist of:


Background Information:




City, State, Zip Code    ____________________________________

Email (required)____________________________________

Phone  __________________


Current student status (enrolled/year):__________________

Major/Area of interest:


Please provide contact information for two people willing to act as a reference.


Provide a copy of your WWU transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable).


Your Proposal should comprise three parts.

  1.  A short, descriptive title of your research proposal.
  2. A brief description of your proposed research project. Be sure to include the motivation and importance of the study, its specific objectives, your approach to the problem, research methods you will use, and the location where the research will be done.
  3. An explicit budget and budget justification. Requests by graduate students may be made for up to $1000, and by undergraduate students for up to $500. Indicate briefly and specifically how the funds will be used and what other support for the proposed research is available and/or has been sought.

The proposal should be between one and four 8 ½” x 11” pages with font size 11, and standard 1 inch (25.4 mm) margins. The 4-page limit should include all figures, tables, text, and references.  Proposals that exceed this length will not be considered. The entire proposal should consist of only one file, submitted as pdf.

The application package (background info, references, transcripts and proposal) may be submitted via hard copy or electronically.


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