Opportunities for
Off-Campus Study
in Biology

Through a generous request from the estate of Harry W. and Mary B. Huffnagle, the Biology Department awards support  for summer field experiences such as course work or research at a biological field station (or the equivalent) in the areas of ecology, environmental science, or behavior. Eligible students are BIO majors (including double, joint, and special-studies majors), BMB majors, BFB majors, and ENV SCI majors and ENV STU majors and minors. The scholarship cannot be used during the summer following graduation. The number of awards and their dollar amounts depend each year on the number of applicants, the strengths of the proposals, and the costs of the programs. Therefore, in some cases an individual award may not cover the full cost of the program. Recent awards have been in the range of $500 to $1500.

To learn about good programs at field stations in both the U.S. and other countries, you can take a look at our list of Summer and Off-Campus Opportunities, look at program advertisements posted in the Biology student lounge (LSP373), look at the list of Past Huffnagle Awards (listed below), speak to recent student recipients, and speak to professors. Apply for the field program directly according to its procedures, and apply separately to the Biology Department for the Huffnagle Scholarship.

Contact Professor Dan Ardia for more information.

Submit electronic materials as a PDF or Word Document to Professor Ardia (deadline Mar 24th).  Awards are announced by March 31th. To apply, please submit a concise proposal that includes:

  • For students applying for funds to support traveling to their Summer Scholar research please:
    • Describe the project in one paragraph.
    • Describe the potential impact of the research on your career goals in one paragraph
    • A budget of estimated costs you would incur in TRAVEL to the program. Because Summer Scholars scholars receive a stipend, they are expected to cover their own room & board.
    • A statement of whether you have applied for any other financial assistance for the program. Note, if a call for proposals from the Committee on Grants is made after the Huffnagle deadline, recipients are expected to apply to COG for support for travel. Any funds received from COG may reduce the funds received from the Huffnagle scholarship depending on the portion of the budget funded by the Huffnagle. Applications must include a statement indicating a commitment to apply for COG funding (if a call for proposals is made by COG).
    • A statement that a acknowledges a short report is required within six months of completing the program.
  • For students applying to support a field experience please:
    • Give the  name and brief description of the organization and field station, as well as the course or research experience, for which you are applying. 
    • An explanation of your interest in the program, including past experiences that sparked your interest, and how the program will help you to achieve your educational or career goals.
    • A budget of estimated costs you would incur for the program; for example tuition, round-trip travel, room and board, etc.
    • A statement of whether you have applied for any other financial assistance for the program.
    • A statement of your cumulative GPA and list of courses taken in Biology, BFB, and ENV.
    • A URL at which information can be found.
    • A statement that a acknowledges a short report is required within six months of completing the program.

 

  • Past Huffnagle Scholarship Awards

    2018

    • Laura Green '19, Field study with Prof. Gotsch, Costa Rica
    • Colleen Lawlor '19, Field study with Prof. Fischer and Prof. Olson, Canadian Rockies
    • Sarah Mirza '20, Field study with Prof. Ardia, Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming
    • Kyla Nitahara '20, Dublin, Ireland

    2017

    • Laura Green '19, Briana Ferguson '18, Field study with Prof. Gotsch, Costa Rica
    • Luke Groff '19, Field study with Prof. Fisher and Prof. Olson, Canadian Rockies 
    • Rebecca Prisco '19, Shoals Marine Lab
    • Yosvany Rodriguez '18, Field study with Prof. Ardia, McCarthy, Alaska

    2016

    • Haley Plante '18, Shelby Sawyer 18, Field study with Prof. Fisher, Canadian Rockies
    • Danae Diaz '18, Field study with Prof. Thompson, Darling Marine Center, Maine
    • Yosvany Rodriguez '18, Field study with Prof. Ardia, McCarthy, Alaska

    2015

    • Ken Davidson '16, Vanessa Duarte '16 Field study with Prof. Gotsch, Costa Rica
    • Molly Lowell '16, Rebhi Rabah '16, Field study with Prof. Fisher, Canadian Rockies
    • Matt Steinwurtzel '16, Marine Turtle Ecology Assessment Program 

    2014

    Eila Miller '15: Field study with Prof. Fisher, Canadian Rockies

    Ken Davidson '16, Lex Darby '15, Andrew Glunk '15: Field study with Prof. Gotsch, Costa Rica

    2013

    Suzanna Talento '14: Field study at the Highlands Biological Station

    Jin Hwang '14: Field study with Professor Fischer, Canadian Rockies

    Lex Darby '15Andrew Glunk '15: Field study with Prof. Gotsch, Costa Rica

    2012

    Nora Theodore '13; Field research with Professor Fischer, Canadian Rockies

    Mawell Sechzer '14, Hannah Scharf '13, Austin Huffman '13; Field research with Professor Ardia, Ithaca, NY

    Alex Krupnick '14; Primate Ecology and Behavior course in Costa Rica

    2011

    Abigail Kucher '13; Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Internship at the University of Southern Mississippi

    Veronica Pickens '13; School for Field Studies, Turks and Caicos

    Eliana Rabinowitz '14; Field research with Professor Fischer, Canadian Rockies

    Frederick Zinkhan '12; Field research with Professor Sipe, Wabash College, Indiana

    2010

    Brandon Morrison '11; Tropical Ecology in the Bahamas in San Salvador (through HACC)

    Scott Rownd '12; School for Field Studies Summer Program on Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems: Biodiversity Conservation and Development, Costa Rica

    2009

    Elizabeth Burmester '10; School for Field Studies, Turks and Calcos

    Rebecca Windsor '10; Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University), Costa Rica

    2008

    Brian Gill '09; School for Field Studies, Costa Rica

    2007

    Audrey Koid '09; Belize Global Learning Programs

    2006

    Caitlin Halligan '08; Primate Behavior and Ecology course at La Suerte, Costa Rica

    Bryan Teschke '07; Reef to Rainforest program, Belize

    Angela Werner '07; Earthwatch Institute program on Queen Conch conservation; Belize

    2005

    Christi Walsh '06; Coastal Wetlands, Mexico

    2004

    Philip Salko '04; Maui, HI

    2003

    Megan Brace '04: Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Biology courses, Ometepe Biological Field Station, Nicaragua.

    Jo Wern Goh '05: Ionian Dolphin Research Project, Island of Kalamos, Greece.

    2002

    Corynne Mulcahy '04: Community Wildlife Management course, School for Field Studies, Kenya.

    Shannon Stephens '03: Balinese Macaque Project, Indonesia.

    Ariel White '04: Field Work in Animal Behavior course, South Africa and Kenya.

    2001

    Karen Hippe '03: Biology of the Rainforest course, La Suerte Biological Field Station, Costa Rica.

    Erin Sipe '03: Ecology courses, Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana.

    Megan Walsh '02: Marine Parks Management course, School for Field Studies, South Caicos Island, West Indies.

    2000

    Anthony Sigismondo '01: Underwater Research course, Shoals Marine Laboratory, New Hampshire.