2022 CT Sea Grant Fellowship for Underrepresented Undergraduates Announced

The goal of the Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) Undergraduate Research Fellowship is to broaden participation of underrepresented/underserved students in marine and coastal professions by providing early career experience, training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision makers, and marine industry professionals.

The application deadline is March 14, 2022. Fellowship selections will be announced in mid-April. The fellowships will start on May 30 and end on Aug. 19.

The program will fund research fellowships for up to two undergraduate students who represent the human social diversity of the communities of Connecticut. Underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged students as well as students of color, indigenous students, U.S. military veterans, members of the LGBTQ community and students with disabilities are encouraged to seek a Proposed Project Mentor with whom to apply for this opportunity.

Up to two fellowships, each with a $5,000 stipend, will be offered this summer to enable selected students to conduct independent research under the guidance of a Proposed Project Mentor. The application process requires submission of a mentor-proposed natural or social science-based research project and a student nomination for the research fellowship. The project must be completed over the summer, and be focused on a coastal, marine or watershed issue relevant to the Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan for 2018-2023, which can be accessed at: https://seagrant.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1985/2020/11/CTSG-strategic-plan-2018-2023-final_optimized.pdf.

With this call, CTSG solicits project proposals and student nominees from Proposed Project Mentors affiliated with a Connecticut-based college, university, or non-profit educational/research institution. The Proposed Project Mentor will be responsible for providing the nominated student with resources, guidance and mentoring to undertake a meaningful natural or social science-based or policy-related fellowship project. Prospective Proposed Project Mentors should nominate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Student Nominees must have completed at least one year at an accredited two- or four-year university or college in Connecticut and submit a statement of interest as part of the application process.

More information on applications and eligibility and responsibilities for mentors and applicants can be found here (pdf version) and here (Word version) or by contacting:

Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, research coordinator, CTSG College Program: syma.ebbin@uconn.edu.