Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants support University of California graduate students conducting research at one or more of the 39 UC Natural Reserves. Mathias Grants encourage students to establish independent research projects at reserves. Recipients gain experience submitting research proposals, writing progress reports, and managing grant budgets. Awardees are invited to present their findings at the biennial Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Symposium.
This year, the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program is supporting additional reserve research on the environmental exposure and health outcomes of tobacco use. Example research topics might include the environmental impact of tobacco waste; bioaccumulation of tobacco-specific nitrosamines in the environment; and how tobacco-specific particulate matter affects air quality and related health outcomes.
Up to $38,000 is available to support research in any discipline, while up to $15,000 is available to support tobacco-related research. A maximum of $3,000 may be awarded per applicant.
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, more than 400 UC students have received nearly $800,000 in Mathias Grant funding.
Applications for the 2017-18 Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants program are currently being accepted through Submittable.
Applications are 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 Graduate Student Research Grant Symposium. The weekend-long event is held every other year at an NRS reserve. 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.