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 15, 2017 and should be submitted by email to irschick@bio.umass.edu or by snail mail to:

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

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