Peter K. Hepler Research Scholarship

The Peter K. Hepler Research Scholarship supports undergraduate research on a biological question in a laboratory or field setting outside of the United States. Funds can be used to support travel, lodging, food, equipment, and supplies.

Scholarship Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a UMass student in good standing in a major in the College of Natural Sciences.
  • be pursuing research addressing a question in the biological sciences.
  • propose a research experience outside of the United States.
  • identify a Research Mentor.
  • present their research results in a venue determined by the Research Mentor during the semester following their return to the US.

Application Materials and Process

Students should submit the following items as their application packet:

  • Research Plan of 400 words or less stating what the student wants to do and why the chosen overseas location is ideal for this work.
  • Completed Budget Projection Worksheet.
  • Current transcript.
  • Documentation from the overseas organization, laboratory, or research group.
  • Letter of support from Research Mentor for the research project and the applicant.

    Application Deadlines

    Applications are due March 1, 2019 and should be submitted by email to or by snail mail to:

    The Peter K. Hepler Research Scholarship
    c/o Alex Gerson
    Dept. of Biology
    Morrill Science Center
    University of Massachusetts
    Amherst, MA 01003

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