Mellon Initiative

Upcoming Deadline for Mellon Grants

Location: 
St. Lawrence University
Date: 
January 25, 2012 - March 7, 2012

TO SLU Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Several years ago the Mellon Foundation awarded SLU a four-year $800,000 grant for environmental education, research and advocacy. Over the first two years we have funded approximately twenty-four proposals from faculty and students.

The Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee announces the call for proposals to be due by February 17, 2012 (Faculty/Staff), March 7, 2012 (Students). We invite faculty,staff, and students to submit proposals for projects that meet the spirit and goals of the Mellon grant. These goals include the following:

  1. Increase in-depth experiential learning opportunities for students to apply and discover knowledge through firsthand “field” opportunities off campus, including environmental research, advocacy, internships, activism, and seminar/studio study.
  2. Promote and foster opportunities for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations related to the study, sustainability, and protection of the environment.
  3. Implement project activities (i.e., increased field study and advocacy activities) in environmentally sensitive ways for short and long term benefit to the environment.

Proposed activities should take place summer or fall 2012, or during winter break 2012/2013 (Faculty/Staff only).

Please note that our pool of resources dedicated to funding faculty/student projects is limited, thus we anticipate that this year’s funding cycle will be very competitive. Please read the application guidelines and supplemental criteria on the Mellon Initiative website carefully to ensure that your proposal meets one or more of our criteria. Students, please note if your project involves travel including (overnight or international travel) please you’ll need to use the travel registry on the CIIS website to ensure compliance with University travel policies.

The Steering Committee is particularly interested in proposals that have long term environmental benefits, contribute to regional sustainability, or durable impact on the SLU curriculum. Projects that enhance inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration across the campus among faculty, staff or students will be favored.

In the spirit of reducing our environmental footprint, the application process will be largely online. Please draft your application form, proposal narrative and budget as electronic documents for uploading.

Should you have questions, we encourage you to contact Mary Hussmann or Carrie Johns, co-chairs, or any member of the Steering Committee (Carol Cady, Alexander Stewart, Eric Williams-Bergen, Brad Baldwin, Devon Stein, Alison Del Rossi, Karl Schonberg and Carol Smith).

Out of Africa, Into the Adirondacks: A Conservation Journey

Location: 
Eben Holden
Date: 
November 29, 2011 7:00pm

Join the African Studies and Conservation Biology Departments for a lecture by Bill Weber and Amy Vedder, "Out of Africa, Into the Adirondacks: A Conservation Journey."

Bill and Amy live in the Adirondacks and have extensive experience working on conservation issues in Rwanda and the Adirondacks, among other places.  Both served as directors of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Africa Program for many years.  Amy oversaw the design, implementation, and assessment of field projects and conservation programs in twenty African countries.  Bill created a Congo Basin Program that helped establish more than twenty new protected areas, produced the first reliable data on forest elephant and great ape populations, and developed effective alliances with local communities and commercial timber companies.  Bill later served as WCS North America Program director, focusing on wildlife recovery, ecological connectivity, energy development, and community-based conservation.  He is currently acting director of Two Countries One Forest, an organization dedicated to transboundary conservation in the Northern Appalachian forest region of southeastern Canada and the northeastern U.S.  Amy has carried out extensive field research among mountain gorillas in Rwanda; more broadly, she is an expert in tropical forest ecology, specializing in the Central African rainforest.  She has served as director of the Living Landscapes Program, where she oversaw the implementation of a science-based approach to conserving wildlife and wildlands outside of protected areas.  She is currently Vice-President of WCS.  Their co-authored book, In the Kingdom of Gorillas: The Quest to Save Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas, is available for sale in Brewer Bookstore.

Funding for this lecture is provided by the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative.

Bobcats, Bears, Cougars, Moose... and More!

Location: 
Eben Holden Conference Center
Date: 
October 22, 2011 7:30pm

Join Keeping Track's Susan Morse for a presentation hosted by St. Lawrence University.   The event is free and open to the public.

Throughout North America, Susan Morse is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and tracking. Ms. Morse has more than thirty-fiveyears experience monitoring wildlife and interpreting wildlife habitat use. Her research has focused on cougar, bobcat, black bear, and Canada lynx.

She has given workshops on wild felids and other carnivores to a wide range of audiences, including the general public, conservation leaders and professional biologists.



This presentation is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Fall Mellon Proposals Due in October

Several years ago the Mellon Foundation awarded SLU a four-year $800,000 grant for environmental education, research and advocacy. Over the first two years we have funded approximately twenty-four proposals from faculty and students.

The Mellon Environmental Education Initiative Steering Committee announces the fall call for proposals. The due date for faculty/staff submissions is October 12th, the due date for students is October 28th.  Faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit proposals for projects that meet the spirit and goals of the Mellon grant.  Please see the Mellon Initiative website proposal guidelines for faculty and staff.

Proposed activities should take place spring or summer 2012. We will make another call for proposals due in early February for projects that will take place in summer or fall 2012.

The Steering Committee is particularly interested in proposals that have long term environmental benefits, contribute to regional sustainability, or durable impact on the SLU curriculum. Projects that enhance inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration across the campus among faculty, staff or students will be favored.

Should you have questions, we encourage you to contact Mary Hussmann or Carrie Johns, co-chairs of the Steering Committee

Internet a Tool to Share Environmental Research

Two groups of students, support by the Mellon Foundation, studied environmental issues this summer and used the internet to report what they've learned.

Government Professor Chris Buck took five students to Belgium and England to attend the European Union's Green Week Conference and study environmental politics in action.  

Professor of Environmental Studies, Jon Rosales, spent a second summer visiting two villages in Alaska to document the impacts of climate change and share adaption strategies.  Jon and his research students use the internet to share the stories they have recorded.

SLU Seed to Table Summer Gardening Internship

Want to get paid to garden this summer?  Consider applying to become one of the first ‘Seed to Table' garden interns.

The Seed to Table interns will work from May - August on the Seed to Table garden and also participate in educational opportunities relating to environmentally friendly living and sustainable agriculture. Interns will work an average of five days a week and have two days off (both interns will not have the same days off) Interns will be paid a $4,000.00 stipend for the summer.  Funding is provided through the Mellon Foundation.  Housing will be covered.

The Interns will be expected to spend at least ten hours working with Seed to Table before the end of spring term.  Interns will be expected to take part in additional educational opportunities throughout the summer, and present a conclusion of their experience during a meal at the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester.

To apply download the application.

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