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Funding for 2009-2010

All about Mercury – These awards support student and faculty research in any academic discipline that relates to mercury as a global pollutant. Examples could include art reflecting mercury and the environment, sociology and health risks of eating seafood, international history of metal mining, policies and treaties on global movement of pollutants, economics of mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, recycling mercury waste, or any other subject that directly or indirectly relates to mercury as a global hazard. Awards are available for faculty or student for year-long or summer research and/or curriculum development. When writing your proposal, connect your project to international issues.

1. Faculty Scholarship

A. Faculty Research Grants:
These will be traditional grants in the $3000-$5000 range to support promising new research by faculty members that has at its heart a mercury-related topic and involves students directly. Funds can cover expenses arising from the research, such as travel or supplies. [Only available from 2007-2009]
B. Faculty-led Student Group:
These competitive awards will provide teaching buyout funds to department chairs, up to $4000, in exchange for allowing a faculty member to swap a classroom course for active mentorship of 2-4 research students working on mercury-related topics.   [Only available 2007-2009]

Download the application form for faculty funding here.

2. Student Research and Travel Incentives

A. Summer Awards
: The Student Research Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for summer or semester research. Summer awards ($4000 and tied to free dormitory housing) will allow students to spend 10 weeks studying a mercury-related topic with a faculty mentor. [One summer award available for 2010]
B. Semester Awards:
Semester stipends will be $500 (plus $500 for supplies) to serve as an incentive to study a mercury-related topic with an involved faculty mentor. [Only available 2007-2009]
C. Conference Travel Grants: The Conference Travel Grant program awards funds, up to $1000, for non-presenting students to attend meetings with significant mercury-related content, especially international meetings. Students who are presenting research will also be eligible if they have applied for other travel funds. [Only available 2007-2009]

For more information and the application form for student funding, click here.

3. Curricular Development

A. New Course Development Grants: This course development fund ($500/week) encourages any faculty member to spend up to three weeks during the summer developing a new course with significant mercury-related content. These courses will educate students about the global dimensions of mercury pollution and have assignments that promise to stimulate original research. Funded projects must lead to long-lasting additions to the curriculum (pending required approval by applicable departmental and college committees). These courses initially may be offered as Topics Courses within a given department’s curriculum. [This grant has been awarded for the 2009-2010 year.]

In addition to a paragraph-long description of how the course will focus on mercury, send the Mercury sGIG (c/o Sharon Zuber, a draft of the EPC application for course approval; that form can be found at:

B. Enhancement of Existing Courses:

1. Faculty can receive $500 grants for significant course modifications on a competitive basis. These funds will be awarded on a rolling deadline. Faculty should submit a one-page letter of application to the Mercury sGIG, c/o Sharon Zuber at Include a course description (Number, Title, and enrollment) and details about your plan to integrate mercury into the syllabus. [This grant has been awarded for the 2009-2010 year.]

2. Mini-grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for any faculty member who teams up with an sGIG core faculty member to develop a module for insertion into an existing course ($300 for each member of the pair, total $600). The goal of this program is to generate more interdisciplinary interest in mercury by students who may not directly receive instruction from sGIG core faculty. To promote this program, the mini-grant proposal will be very simple – one paragraph and an emailed note of support from the sGIG collaborators to the sGIG committee, c/o Sharon Zuber at [Only available 2007-2009]