The Request for Proposals for the 2016 Crater Lake National Park Science & Learning Center Student Fellowships is out!
You can access the complete RFP here. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2016.
In 2016 the Crater Lake Science and Learning Center will offer up to four fellowships to support undergraduate or graduate student investigations. Each fellowship may be funded up to $4,000.
Who is eligible? Senior undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at a college or university are eligible to apply. Research Fellows must be self-directed individuals, have a dedicated faculty advisor in the field of the proposed research, and propose research that will contribute to issues of management concern at Crater Lake National Park. A Fellow must be able to complete the proposed project within one year from receipt of the fellowship award.
What types of projects will be funded? The objective of the fellowship is to support student research at Crater Lake National Park that can inform and advance the needs of management and decision making at the park in four general areas: aquatic resources, terrestrial resources, social science, and applied technology.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the SLC Science Coordinator and/or those individuals listed as contacts under the four areas of research interest listed below. These contacts will answer questions regarding research topics of interest, complexities, and logistical concerns.
Past Fellowship Recipients 2015
Tyler Dearman, Oregon Institute of Technology - Title: Assessment of Quality Habitat and Survey of Occurrence of Amphibians at Crater Lake National Park (Final Report)
Isobel Whitecomb, Scripps College - Title: Distribution and Habitat Relationships of the Coastal Tailed Frog (Ascaphus truei) in Crater Lake National Park
Rosemary Keane, North Carolina State University - Title: The Evaluation of Internet Presence and Social Media Perceptions and Usage by Visitors to Crater Lake National Park (Final Report) (Training Report)
Janel Lajoie, Southern Oregon University - Title: The Abundance of the Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides articus) in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (Resource brief)
This summer on July 29-30, 2016, Teddy Abrams, conductor, composer, pianist and clarinetist, and music director of the Louisville Orchestra, KY and the Britt Classical Music Festival in Jacksonville, OR will oversee production of a musical experience blending the natural beauty and acoustics of Crater Lake. 40 Britt Orchestra musicians will perform a world premiere composition by New York-based composer Michael Gordon, commissioned by Britt and inspired by Crater Lake. More detail on the event can be found here here: http://www.brittfest.org/craterlake
"Meet the Beetles!" - July 23, 2016 we will host a BioBlitz event open to the public! We will invite expert entomologists (people who study insects), park staff, professional and amateur scientists, students of all ages, and everyone who just loves Crater Lake to come help us understand and explore the diversity and distribution of beetles (Coleoptera) at the park.
Beetles are critical members of the ecosystems at Crater Lake. They play important roles as pollinators and decomposers and their larvae are vital prey for many bird species, such as Black-backed Woodpeckers. Some species, such as the Mountain Pine Beetle, a tree pest that is an important source of forest disturbance, driving fire dynamics and vegetation mosaics at landscape scales. More details will be available soon! If you have questions, drop me an email.