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.

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 208 Grant is January 20, 2018. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2018. More information and application materials may be found here.

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grants (for information see 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