The purpose of the Sue Wells Research Grant Program is to provide high school or university students with financial assistance for research concerning birds of the North Carolina High Country. Funds must be used in support of research or field work in ornithology, or in an area of study that will directly benefit birds or bird habitat. The applicant should provide a written description of the proposed research, a time schedule, and a budget.
Only undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs or high school students may apply. High school and undergraduate students who are graduating seniors must plan to complete their research prior to graduation.
Reimbursable Expenses (expenses will be reimbursed as receipts are turned in):
1. Travel to and from a research site.
2. Supplies and equipment specific to the proposed project not generally available in an institutional research laboratory.
Expenses Not Reimbursed:
1. Travel to a scientific meetings or symposia
2. Educational programs, tuition, room and board, textbooks, curriculum development.
3. Purchase of supplies and equipment considered standard and normally available in an institutional research laboratory (i.e. common laboratory chemicals, Petri dishes, agar, CDs, pipettes, glassware, etc).
4. Salaries or stipends for applicants or assistants.
5. Manuscript preparation and publication costs.
6. Indirect costs or institutional administrative fees.
The award winner will be expected to give a presentation at a HCAS monthly meeting within one year of completion of the research. We also ask that you acknowledge this grant in papers, presentations, etc.
Applications must be received by June 30, 2014. The award winner will be announced at the HCAS membership meeting to be held in July 2014. Funds will be available by August 1, 2014.
The late Sue Wells was a driving force in the creation of High Country Audubon Society and served on the Board of Trustees until 2010.
Sue was born in St. Cloud, MN in 1938. She moved to Northbrook, IL in 1963 where she and her husband raised their three children. They later maintained a home in Sugar Mountain, NC and became involved in HCAS activities.
All who knew Sue appreciated her as a woman of warm spirit and great wit who lived her life “looking for a string of small satisfactions, tossed like sequins on the fabric of everyday life,” as her favorite quote so poignantly expressed. She loved birds and Beethoven, gardens and dogs, Scrabble and Spain, poems and odes, golf and grandchildren, family and French horns, motherhood, scholarship, friendship and being married to Ralph for 51 years.
In 1989 Sue was instrumental in creating the National Bird-Feeding Society and led the movement to help make backyard bird feeding the successful hobby it is today.
Morgan Harris, Dr. Lynn Siefferman and Bob Cherry (photo my Monty Combs)
The 2013 recipient of the Sue Wells Research Grant is Morgan Harris. A graduate student in the Biology Department at Appalachian State University, Mr. Harris has chosen to look at personalities of eastern blue- birds and how personalities affect reproduction and competition with tree swallows. Click on the picture at left to read more about Morgan Harris and his research project on page 2 of the latest High Country Hoots newsletter.
Jessica Krippel received the Sue Wells Research Grant in 2012 from Anita Clemmer, Past President of HCAS
photo by Monty Combs
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