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Melissa Schultz Research Prize in Sustainability and the Environment: Home

Important Dates

Important Dates

Application Deadline:

April 1, 2016, 5:00PM

Winners Notified:


Prize Presentation:

Senior Research Symposium, April 29
Time and location TBD

Thanks and Sponsorship

The committee thanks Heather Fitz Gibbon and the Henry J. Copeland Fund for their support for the prize.

About the Prize

Melissa Schultz was a founding member of the environmental studies program and a faculty member in the chemistry department at the College until 2015, when she was tragically killed in a car accident. Her research, teaching, and interests all addressed the harmful impact that people can have on the natural environment and the importance of understanding and addressing these impacts. She is remembered for her enthusiasm, energy, and commitment. Her legacy at the College persists through her influence on her students as well as her colleagues. 

The Melissa Schultz Research Prize recognizes excellence in undergraduate research that contributes to our understanding of sustainability and the environment.  In addition, submissions will be evaluated on originality, depth, breadth, or sophistication in contributing to our understanding of environmental issues, as well as the ability to synthesize and utilize ideas and information from a diversity of sources.


Prize Details

* First Place: $500

* Second Place: $300

* Third Place: $200