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Earth Systems Volpert Scholars Award



The Volpert Scholars Award, made possible through a generous gift of the Volpert family, provides financial support for work on research projects and internships undertaken by Earth Systems majors. Award recipients may receive up to $7000 to pursue research or internship activities that will foster students’ growth as interdisciplinary environmental scholars and problem-solvers. In addition, you may request up to $500 in laboratory analysis, equipment, or other expenses. The total budget may not exceed $7500.

This award is intended to support work (research or internships) undertaken by upper level Earth Systems majors that will foster their growth as environmental leaders. What distinguishes this program from many other similar programs at Stanford is that the Volpert Scholarship emphasizes work on interdisciplinary environmental leadership and scholarship. Only students who have declared a major in Earth Systems are eligible to apply, and awarded funds can be used to support work on either research or internships.  

Advisor support

The selection committee will look for evidence of strong mentoring support by a Stanford faculty member. In the case of internship proposals, the primary advisor should be a faculty member, and the secondary advisor should have an affiliation with the organization at which you propose to do the internship. 

2014-15 Volpert Scholars:

  • Isabella Badia-Bellinger
  • Johnny Caspers
  • Lauren Gibson
  • Yarrow Greaney
  • Indigo Johnson
  • Alicia Menendez
  • Catie Mong
  • Fiona Noonan
  • Evan Patrick
  • Michael Penuelas
  • Adrienne Pollack

2014-15 Volpert Project Descriptions

2015-16 Volpert Scholars:

  • Ariel Bobbett
  • Michaela Elias
  • Jonathan Fisk
  • Joe Hack 
  • Madeline Lisaius
  • Rosemary Mena-Werth
  • Kira Minehart   
  • Andreas Ratteray   
  • Nic Romano 
  • Anna Wietelmann

2015-16 Volpert Project Descriptions

2016-17 Volpert Scholars:

  • Annie Dillon
  • Jessica Eggers
  • Songhee Han
  • Blaire Hunter
  • Madeline Lisiaius
  • Elise Miller
  • Ashley Overbeek
  • Kira Smiley
  • ​Ada Statler-Throckmorton

2016-17 Volpert Project Descriptions


2017-18 Volpert Scholars:

  • Jessa Clark
  • Lexi Neilan
  • Samantha Faul 
  • Daela Tipton
  • Diego Sancho
  • Michael Burnett
  • David Tattoni
  • Helena Silva-Nichols
  • Lottie Mitchell 
  • Carolyn Rice 

2018-2019 Volpert Scholars Award Application information:

Example proposals: