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Melissa Schultz Research Prize in Sustainability and the Environment: How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications for the Melissa Schultz Research Prize must include the following components:

Research Statement Guidelines

In this section, please write about your research process as you completed your Independent Study.  Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in contributing to our understanding of sustainability and/or the environment.
  2. Exceptional ability to evaluate and synthesize ideas and information from a diversity of sources in the creation of a project in any media.
  3. Evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a pattern of research and investigation that shows understanding and has the potential to lead to future inquiry.
  4. Evidence of reflection on the research process.  


Consider these questions as you develop your statement.  No need to answer all these questions; simply use them as a starting point for telling the story of your Independent Study research.

  • What are the connections between your project and sustainability/the environment?
  • How did completing this project change your understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment?
  • What did you learn about your own research process throughout your I.S.?
  • Have you gained a particular expertise with respect to your research? (e.g. is there something so exciting, you shared it with your family or friends?)
  • What would you change about your research process if given the chance to repeat this project?
  • Why did you choose this project, and what impact could it (and/or future research) have on environmental issues?