College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Research, Scholarships and Fellowships 3/19/10

March 9, 2010

I. Undergraduate Research Newsletter - Upcoming Program Deadlines!
II. Bonner Leaders Program
III.Malcolm Pirnie Scholars Program for African Americans
IV. Ecology, carbon, and landslides in the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala: A project linking ecology with geomorphology
V. Western Wilderness Conference 2010 Scholarship
VI. Association of Environmental Professionals Scholarship Deadline Extended to March 31
VII. Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund-accepting grant applications for its 2010-11 grant cycle

I. Undergraduate Research Newsletter - Upcoming Program Deadlines!

1. Greater Good Science Center Undergraduate Fellowships

3/12/2010 deadline, noon,

Good Science Center offers annual fellowships to UC Berkeley Undergraduate and Graduate students whose work relates to our mission. The fellowship program aims to attract scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with a particular focus on
the social-behavioral sciences.Fellowships are awarded to research proposals that respond to one or more of the following themes:
-The biological underpinnings of prosocial emotion
-The context and cultivation of social well-being
-Compassion, health, and community

Please email Anurati Mathur at with any questions.

3/12/2010 deadline

3/13/2010 deadline

4. SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (L&S)
3/15/2010 deadline
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program (SURF) is designed to allow Berkeley undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science to spend the summer doing concentrated research in preparation for a senior thesis or another major capstone research
project. In Summer 2010, 30-50 fellows will receive a $3,250 summer stipend, which is intended to cover basic living expenses for two months. Students with need-based financial aid may be eligible for additional funds.

The deadline to inform us of your intent to submit a research paper
for the upcoming issue is Monday, March 15, 2010. Submission Form

(SPUR - CNR)--student initiated projects for summer 2010
3/29/2010 deadline

7. STEER Program: Short Term Educational Experiences for Research in Environmental Health Sciences for Undergraduate Students
03/20/2010 deadline

3/29/2010 Summer Application deadline

(SPUR - CNR)--faculty initiated
Deadline 04/10/2010

06/11/2010 deadline (for transfer students who have just been
admitted for F'10)

11. ASUC Academic Opportunity Fund
Rolling Deadline

12. Student Opportunity Funds (SOF)
rolling deadline

rolling deadline

(for history majors)
rolling deadline

II. Bonner Leaders Program – Apps due March 12

Bonner Leaders commit to making positive change across campus and in the community. Students run their own programs with the support of Cal Corps Staff, while developing personal and professional skills. Students attend leadership trainings, build community with one another, and explore their personal passions.

Bonner Leader positions include working with the Alternative Breaks program, coordinating internship programs, serving as a Program Manager at a Berkeley school or local non-profit, facilitating a community organizing class, and supporting service programming in the Residence Halls.

Bonner Leaders receive a $1000 AmeriCorps Education Award and academic units if desired.

Visit for more info and the online application.

III. Malcolm Pirnie Scholars Program for African Americans
Malcolm Pirnie, in association with the United Negro College Fund, creates an opportunity for African Americans to play a more vital role in the environmental profession. Scholars will receive $3,000 in tuition aid for the academic year, as well as a paid summer internship during the summer at Pirnie offices and project sites close to their home. Additionally, scholars will receive an assignment of a dedicated monitor to serve as a career role model and provide access tot he firm's extensive information and communication resources. Candidates must have a declared major in Civil, Chemical, or Environmental Engineering, or one of the environmental sciences.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2010

Award Amount: $3,000 and Internship

To be eligible, you must:
*must be able to complete an eight week internship program during the summer.
*must be African American

For further information and submission requirements, contact
James Gaston III
8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, #400
Fairfax, VA 22031-3574
866-671-7237 ext 2

IV.. Ecology, carbon, and landslides in the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala: A project linking ecology with geomorphology
Want to gain experience in a project combining ecology with geomorphology? Want to participate in a project that examines the current problem of carbon and climate change? Want to know a special place? Well if you answer yes to these questions, this summer experience can be for you! Through field sampling of vegetation, soil, and water, this project seeks to quantify carbon stocks and fluxes to determine the contribution of landslides to the carbon cycle in the Sierra de Las Minas, Guatemala. This mountain range, located in eastern Guatemala, is home to an astonishing diversity of plants and animals, and protects important water resources for this nation.

The student participating in this project will learn a series of field methods used both by ecologists and biogeochemists. The student interested in this opportunity may continue working on this project throughout the Fall term learning how to use Geographical Information Systems.

•Desire to gain experience in the field.
•Desire to learn new ecosystems and cultures.
•Interest in outdoor activities.
•Work ethic.
•Ideally have taken a course in ecology or field techniques.
•GPA> 3.5
•Knowing Spanish is a plus.

Application: If you are interested in this opportunity submit the following documents: (a) A letter explaining you interest in participating in this study, (b) A one-page essay describing your interests and goals in the life, (c) CV, and (d) Two letters of recommendation.

Send your application to Dr. Carla Restrepo either electronically ( or paper (Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, PO Box 23360, San Juan, PR 00931). Deadline for receiving applications is April 5, 2010. For more information about our laboratory can visit

Benefits: This project brings tangible and intangible benefits. Tangibles include a stipend of $ 1,400 - $ 1,600 for 2 months, payment of airfare, lodging and meals. Intangible benefits include the acquisition of new knowledge, experience in a new country, interacting with people from other places, and participate in an innovative project.

Also, you will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Tikal, which lets you know a little about the greatness of the ancient Mayan empire.

V. Western Wilderness Conference 2010 Scholarship
The Western Wilderness Conference 2010 will take place April 8 – 11, 2010, at the University of California, Berkeley, California.

Save the date now! For anyone who cares about the wild places of the West—this is one event not to miss!

Sometimes progress means making nothing happen. For decades, environmental groups have worked to preserve the wilderness. Meet the nation’s most effective advocates at the Western Wilderness Conference.

From April 8th - 11th, 2010, we’ll celebrate recent successes and discuss proven strategies to strengthen environmental campaigns. Meet with like-minded activists and discover surprising new allies. Preserving wilderness affects us all. 2010 is the year to expand your environmental network.

Join us at The Western Wilderness Conference from April 8-11th 2010, at UC Berkeley, California. Sponsored by the California Wilderness Coalition and the Sierra Club, the Western Wilderness Conference includes organizations* from all twelve western states, including Alaska.

Nearly 50 workshops, led by the nation’s most effective advocates, teach you tools and strategies to strengthen your campaign. Whether you're a long time activist, or new to environmental advocacy, you’ll discover both tools and inspiration.

The Western Wilderness Conference includes:

•New allies- The environment affects us all. Learn how to reach out to youth groups, business owners, Hispanic communities and more.
•Social Media- Galvanize and grow your members with Facebook, Twitter and more.
•Insider tips- Discover the most effective ways to work with Congress. Government officials tell how to cut through red tape.

Wilderness preservation has never been more important- or more possible. In the last 4 years, wilderness advocates have succeeded in establishing over 2 million acres of protected wilderness. Curious about what it takes to succeed on this scale? Save your spot at this historic conference. Register today.

*planning organizations include:
Sierra Club, California Wilderness Coalition, Northwest Wilderness and Parks Conference The Wilderness Society, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Desert Survivors, Audubon California, Tuleyome, Californians for Western Wilderness.

* To be considered for a scholarship, fill out an application and submit it one of two ways:
o Fax completed application to CWC at 510.451.1445
o Fill out the application in word and email it to Alan Carlton at
* Please note that conference scholarships cover $135 of the $160 registration fee.
Approved applicants must pay $25. Note that scholarships do not include optional meals.
o Make $25 check payable to: California Wilderness Coalition and mail them, with completed form to:
California Wilderness Coalition Attn: Western Wilderness Conference
1212 Broadway, Suite 1700 Oakland, CA 94612

VI. Association of Environmental Professionals Scholarship Deadline Extended to March 31
As part of our support endeavors, we have a Student Scholarship Program. Each year, we will offer scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending any accredited four-year college or university located within the area served by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. The quantity of scholarships will depend on the number of applicants. Additionally, scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary one-year student membership to AEP, which includes all benefits of professional membership, including notification of social events and programs and reduced rates for the annual State AEP Conference and CEQA workshops. The deadline for the 2010 scholarship is March 15, 2010 but has been extended to March 31, 2010. Students who have already submitted applications are welcome to revise their materials and resubmit by the extended deadline.

The following are answers to FAQs about the application requirements:
Applicants may submit all or part of their application materials electronically to Jessica Viramontes, but please name the electronic files as follows:

The application component would be one of the following: Transcripts, Statement of Enrollment, Letter of Reference, or Essay. If you are submitting your entire application electronically, please name the file “LastName_FirstName_CompleteApplication”. Applicants do not need to be currently working in the environmental field to be eligible for the scholarship.

The deadline for Association of Environmental Professionals' scholarship has been extended from March 15 to March 31. For those of you who have already submitted your materials, you may resubmit any portion of your application. Please check our website for any further updates. The website now includes a Word version of the application and instructions for submitting electronically if you so choose. Both hardcopy and electronic copy applications are welcome. Let me know if you have any questions.

Jessica Viramontes
Scholarship Program Coordinator
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of AEP
(415) 762-7688

VII.Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund-accepting grant applications for its 2010-11 grant cycle
The Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting grant applications for its 2010-11 grant cycle. The fund will distribute $225,000 in grants this year to support projects and programs that link UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students with residents and community-based organizations to improve the quality of life in Berkeley.

Grant proposals are due by May 14, 2010. Grant applications and additional information are available online at : The fund will host a workshop for interested applicants as well as potential community or university partners in early April. Learn more about the Chancellor's Community Partnership fund Web at*