Student Opportunities

WMRC Graduate Student Minigrant Program.The WMRC minigrant program funds about 10 thesis-related graduate student research projects each year, and is open to both UC and non-UC students. Funds are typically granted to cover room, board and lab fees for staying at WMRC facilities. This program is typically announced in December with an application deadline in late January and award announcements at the beginning of April.


Clem Nelson Graduate Student Fellowship (Geology)

WMRC congratulates David R. Cordie of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

David is the recipient of the Clem Nelson Fellowship Award in Geology. This $3,500.00 award may be used for WMRC room and board, research supplies, and travel. The title of David’s project is: Microbial-Archaeocyathan Reef Evolution and Extinction in the Early Cambrian of the Western Basin and Range

David will work on Cambrian reef paleoecology and evolution for his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with field work planned in California, Nevada, and western Mongolia.


The Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program is now open to all Graduate Students currently enrolled at any of the University of California campuses who wish to work at a UC Natural Reserve System site, including WMRC. There are no restrictions on the research topic, and students from all academic disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. The maximum individual grant is $3,000, and the limit on total awards is $38,000.  

Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant The Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to request applications for the Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant. Grants are for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra and are available to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12). Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Applications must include written support from a major advisor or teacher.

Grant recipients receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter. The deadline for the 2017 Grant is January 20, 2017. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2017. More information and application materials may be found here.


Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grants (for information see http://vesr.ucnrs.org/) available for work in the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Labs (SNARL).

The California Desert Research Fund supports graduate student research that contributes to the understanding and conservation of desert parks, wildernesses, and other ecologically significant open spaces in the California Desert in San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Imperial Counties. See the California Desert Research Fund home page at www.thecommunityfoundation.net


Bloom-Hays Ecological Research Grant Presented by Sea and Sage Audubon Society

Objective: The objective of the Bloom-Hays Ecological Research Grant is to advance ecological research, particularly research related to avian species and the natural communities upon which they depend, by providing funds or supplies to support research activities benefitting native species and habitats in Southern California.

Funding: The size of the grant will vary between $250 and $2,500. The amount dispersed to each recipient will vary based on the number of proposals, the quality of proposals received, and the contribution of the proposed work to ecological research.

Eligibility: Preference will be given to research projects related to avian species and habitats in Southern California. However, other ecological research projects whose results would be applicable to habitat issues in Southern California or general ecology will also be considered. Recipients of a Bloom-Hays Ecological Research Grant will be eligible to apply for funds to continue the work in subsequent years, but will be required to submit a renewal application each year. Most grants are to be awarded to graduate students, but awards may be made to outstanding undergraduates or high school students.

Application due by e-mail no later than March 15, 2016.

Please see this link for more information and 2016 application instructions.