Ian Worley Awards for Creative and Independent Thinking in Environmental Studies

Do you have a creative idea you’d like to pursue?  Would you like to work on an unusual approach to addressing environmental issues?

The Environmental Program is announcing the establishment of the Ian Worley Awards for Creative and Independent Thinking in Environmental Studies, a special awards program named after Ian Worley, who served as Director of the Environmental Program from 1994-2008 and first came to UVM in 1972 as a professor in the Botany Department of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Who can apply? – Any imaginative undergraduate major or minor in Environmental Studies, any undergraduate enrolled in a 200-level ENVS course, and UVM faculty members who regularly teach Environmental Studies courses.

When can I apply? – Applications are due November 1, 2013. 

How much money can I request? – Between $500 (minimum) and $2000 (maximum).

The intention behind this fund is to recognize students and faculty whose inspired, novel and creative ideas have led them to seek innovative paths in pursuing environmental goals.  To encourage such independent thinking and creativity, this fund seeks to award those students and faculty members for their proposed or ongoing creative pursuits in addressing environmental topics.  Establishment of the Fund was inspired by Professor Ian Worley’s creative approach to problem solving and inquiry and initiated in the spirit of fostering creative, integrative, imaginative and innovative approaches to dealing with the environmental challenges that face us.

We hope to see some terrific ideas coming our way this month!  Please email Stephanie Kaza with any questions– skaza@uvm.edu

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