Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve

Graduate Student Research Grants

Application Deadline February 14, 2014


  • We anticipate giving awards of up to $3,000.00 each. Studies must be conducted at, or based out of Valentine Camp (Valcamp) or the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL).
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a bona fide college or university while conducting their research (in the case of summer research, enrollment during the preceding spring quarter/semester is acceptable as is proof of acceptance and clear intent to enroll in fall quarter/semester).

  • Prior or concurrent recipients of NRS student research grants (Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant or VESR Grant) are eligible for the 2014 competition. Please attach a brief progress report if such funding was received.

Application Procedure
  • Applicants should complete the attached Application Form and submit it to the Reserve Director by February 15, 2014.

  • Applications should be accompanied by the following four attachments:
  • references cited
  • a letter from the supervising faculty member indicating his/her support of the proposed research, its merits for funding by the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (VESR), and the ability of the student(s) to conduct the research and meet established deadlines.
  • This may be submitted as a separate email if the advisor prefers.
  • a copy of current curriculum vita for the student applicant (two-page maximum).
  • recipients of previous NRS student research grants (e.g. Mathias or VESR grants) must submit a one-page report (final or progress) of the funded project.
  • Important! The application should be submitted as a single .pdf file containing the completed four-page application form and the four attachments listed above.
  • The Reserve Director, in consultation with a review panel, will make final awards decisions by March 15, 2014.
  • Successful applicants must submit copies of appropriate collecting permits, animal care committee approvals, campus accounting information, and some brief biographical information (details will be provided) before awards will be disbursed.
  • It is expected that funds will be used in calendar year 2014. Award funds may be carried forward with the approval of the Reserve Director. Please submit a brief justification by February 15, 2014.

  • Awardees must submit a progress report to the Reserve Director by March 15, 2014. Applicants will be disqualified from future VESR grant programs if they do not comply with this requirement.

VESR Student Research Grants
Evaluation Criteria

The review panel shall use the following criteria to evaluate VESR proposals:

Primary Criteria

  • Merit of the proposed research: Evaluation of research quality will be based on the importance of the problem, originality, statement of research questions or hypothesis, sampling design and analysis, preliminary data supporting the feasibility of the proposed research, and likelihood of success.
  • Reserve dependence: Research must take place on the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (SNARL or Valentine Camp), or sites located in the region of the reserves. Some use of the reserves is required. However, off-site areas in the region of the reserve may be used more than sites on the reserves. Higher scores will be assigned for research that takes advantage of special reserve conditions, such as a history of related research, occurrence of unique/special conditions or resources, need for protection of experimental treatments, and so forth.
    Additional considerations
The following criteria will also be taken into consideration.
  1. The feasibility of completing research as stated in the application
  2. Stage of student's career. Preference will be given to students early in their career.
  3. Previous funding. Preference will be given to projects that have not previously been funded by the VESR Grant Program.
  4. Other funding. Preference will be given to projects lacking other support.
  5. Satisfactory progress on research funded by prior grants (if applicable)
  6. Relationship to dissertation research. Preference will be given to proposals for research directly related to the student's masters or dissertation research.
  7. Underrepresented disciplines. Preference will be given to disciplines that do not normally take advantage of NRS sites and resources.

Download a PDF of the Application

For more information about the reseves:
Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL)
Valentine Camp (Valcamp)

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