Announcement: Becker Graduate Fellowship now open – Apply Now

The Fall 2018 Catherine and Richard Becker Graduate Research Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from the Beckers to the College of Science in November 2016.

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Two Graduate Research Fellowships will be awarded to master’s students in the final year of their theses. The Fellowship provides more opportunities for Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) graduate students, enabling them to focus full-time on research and writing, improving their quality of work, and shorten the time to complete their degrees.

The Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.  Applicants must submit materials to Sharon Bloomquist by February 1, 2018 (see Application Process to the right).  Two recipients will be notified by Friday, March 2, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled fulltime (6 credits) in the Environmental Science and Policy Master’s program
  • Must have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must have a committee established
  • Must have a summary of proposed thesis research
  • GTA Experience is desirable


  • Grant amount: $30,882.00
  • $24,000 stipend annually (20 hours/week $18,000 Academic Year, $6,000 Summer term)
  • Tuition amount: $6,882 (12 credits of in-state credits / year)

Application Process

Students must submit the following materials by 5 pm, Thursday, February 1, 2018:

  • Abstract: A summary of thesis research (no more than ½ page)
  • Progress made to date and plan for completion within the award timeline (no more than ½ page)
  • Letter of Recommendation from the student’s advisor to be submitted directly to in the Graduate Program Office in DK 3039.


Complete applications should be emailed to Sharon Bloomquist of the ESP Graduate Office at  by 5 pm, Thursday, February 1, 2018.  Please copy Dr. Aguirre at when you send your application to Sharon.


Alonso Aguirre, DVM, PhD, Department Chair
Environmental Science and Policy,

Sharon Bloomquist, Graduate Program Manager
Environmental Science and Policy,


Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: