The Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program funds research at NRS reserves. Graduate students from all UC campuses except UCSF are eligible. Providing up to $3,000, the grants encourage students to establish independent research projects at reserves, provide experience submitting research proposals and reports, and learn to manage a budget. Awardees are expected to produce a paper or report, or to present their findings at a professional conference or other suitable forum. The program is named for UC Los Angeles botanist and professor Mildred E. Mathias, one of the founders of the NRS. Since its inception in 1988, over 400 UC students have received more than $700,000 in Mathias Grant funding.
More information about eligibility, application procedures, and evaluation criteria can be found here.
The next call for proposals will be posted July 2017.
Applications will be due September 11, 2017.
Applicants will be notified by December 20, 2017.
Recipients of Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants are invited to present their findings before peers at the NRS's Mathias Symposium. The weekend-long event is held every other year at one of the NRS's reserves. The symposium is supported by the Kenneth S. Norris Endowment Fund for the California Environment, which provided to the NRS by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Previous Mathias research projects have included works from across the academic spectrum. Award recipients have studied intertidal invertebrate responses to predators, plant ranges in the White Mountains, wasp ecology in the Mojave Desert, chipmunk range responses to climate change in the eastern Sierra, large-format digital photography across the reserve system, ecological factors affecting tick-borne diseases in California, and much more.