Norman and Helen Gibson Geology Field Study Scholarship

The purpose of the Norman and Helen Gibson Geology Field Study Scholarship is to encourage and support undergraduate GVSU geoscience students in conducting scientific research.

  • Recipients must be enrolled as a full time student during the semester of application (Winter) and the Fall semester following the award period.
  • Candidates shall intend to engage in geology field-based or geoscience education research. Preference shall be given to students who articulate a sound and innovative scientific or educational objective, a clear plan, and likelihood of success as a geoscientist.
  • Recipient must secure a geology faculty mentor for the project.
  • Candidates and recipients shall be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University and the Geology Department.

Evaluation for funding will be based on both the qualifications of the applicant and the quality of the proposed research project. Given equally meritorious applications, preference will be given to individuals who have not previously engaged in funded undergraduate research. Relative need may also be a factor. Only one proposal per review cycle may be submitted.

Norman Gibson
$500 - $750
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Geology
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a copy of your most current unofficial transcript.
  2. Please provide a name and email address for a mentor who can serve as a reference. Prior to typing in the name and email address of your reference provider, please make sure to contact the individual to ensure they are willing to serve as a reference. To monitor whether your reference provider has provided the requested information, once you have specified a reference provider at least once, the “References” menu will appear in the top navigation menu. Simply navigate to that tab and you will see all references specified. “Requested” means that the reference provider has not yet supplied the requested information whereas “Submitted” means that your reference provider has completed his/her reference. By clicking “Resend”, you can remind the reference providers to complete the request.
  3. Please upload a completed Proposal Cover page (which can be found here).
  4. Please submit an essay (500-700 words) that summarizes what you see as your strengths and qualifications for this award, your professional aspirations, and how you expect that this award will influence your ability to pursue those aspirations.
  5. Please provide a project description (700-1000 words) that explains the nature and importance of your proposed research, your methods, and your specific expectations and responsibilities.
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