Phase One Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at noon.
Phase Two Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon.
Description. The Rusack Fellowships, made possible through the generous donation of Geoffrey Rusack ('78) and Alison Wrigley Rusack, support students engaged in summer research at the Coastal Studies Center or locations nearby that impact the coastal environment. Marking the boundary between the land and the ocean, the coast is a transitional zone that embodies a complex interplay of forces and human interests. Rusack Fellows conduct research projects or complete artistic works that explore the relationship between the forces affecting this transition zone. These fellowships are open to students of all disciplines and must be carried out under the direction of a faculty member(s) who is independently interested in the area of study.
Just as our liberal-arts curriculum seeks to expose students to different ways of viewing the world and encourages them to forge new connections between them, Coastal Studies explicitly recognizes that a better understanding of our college's location in coastal Maine requires different approaches to, and the formation of new connections between, the complex forces affecting our coastal environment. Toward this end, the Coastal Studies Committee, which makes Rusack Fellowship award recommendations to the Internal Fellowships Committee, seeks each year to support a cohort of Rusack Fellows that encompasses a range of interests and approaches to the study of the coast.
Please visit Recent Bowdoin Fellows to read about projects that have received Rusack funding in the past.
Eligibility. First-years, sophomores, and juniors may apply. Current seniors are ineligible.
APPLICATION PROCESS. Scholarly mentoring is crucial for a positive research fellowship experience. Interested students are encouraged to talk with faculty early in the process so that they can identify a faculty member who will be available and willing to mentor the student throughout the fellowship period.
Students can apply online for multiple institutional research fellowships, including the Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship, with a single two-phase online application. To access the application, click here.
PHASE ONE APPPLICATION. The phase one online application (see deadline above) will require you (the student) to provide:
When you submit your phase one online application, your mentor will receive an e-mail explaining how to upload your letter of support by the phase two deadline, and you will receive a confirmation email. The phase one deadline pertains to student applicants only; the letter of support from your faculty mentor is due by the phase two deadline. If you have any problems or questions, please contact Corey Colwill.
If you are even considering applying for an institutional fellowship, you are encouraged to submit a phase one application. You can withdraw from the process by contacting Corey Colwill and your faculty mentor. There is no need to complete a phase two application if you are no longer interested in being considered for an institutional research fellowhsip.
PHASE TWO APPLICATION. The phase two online application will ask for:
Additionally, faculty members will be expected to submit their letters of recommendation via the online application system, following the e-mailed instructions sent to the faculty mentor by the online system when the student submitted his or her phase one application.
Please note that there is limited funding available, and the application pool is extremely competitive. As a result, the Internal Student Fellowships Committee has to make very difficult decisions, resulting in some strong applications being left unfunded. An application, however, will be more competitive if it adheres to the following guidelines.
Selection Criteria. Members of the Internal Student Fellowships Committee review applications and base their award decisions on the following:
In addition to the above, please also keep in mind:
Stipend/Research Related Expenses. The Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship carries a $3,200 stipend. Summer fellows agree to commit eight weeks full-time toward the completion of their proposed projects and to refrain from employment during their period of appointment. The Rusack Coastal Studies Fellowship is not offered during the academic year.
If requested and approved during the application process, summer fellows may also be reimbursed for up to $500 for justified research related expenses (e.g., laboratory/art supplies, analytical costs, and travel beyond the local area to conduct field work or to visit an archive).
Should a faculty mentor feel that a fellow is not making sufficient progress toward the research goals set forth in the fellow's proposal, the College reserves the right to discontinue funding.
Housing. Summer Fellows, who are in good disciplinary standing with the College, are eligible to stay in campus housing during the summer. If you elect to live in campus housing over the summer, the College will cover the $600 cost and you will not pay rent. (Please note that for some students this benefit may be taxable.) Summer fellows who live off-campus, whether by choice or due to their standing with the Office of the Dean of Students, will not receive any support for their housing costs. Academic year fellows do not receive any support for housing.
Human/Animal Subjects. Bowdoin College is committed to the proper and humane treatment of all human and animal research subjects.
If you are unsure whether your project needs approval, please contact either the IACUC or IRB chair, depending on whether your research involves vertebrate animals or humans, respectively. The chairs can be contacted via the IACUC and IRB websites.