Student Opportunities

WMRC Graduate Student Minigrant Program

The WMRC minigrant program funds about 10 thesis-related graduate student research projects each year, and is open to both UC and non-UC students. Funds are typically granted to cover room, board and lab fees for staying at WMRC facilities. This program is typically announced in December with an application deadline in late January and award announcements at the beginning of April.


The Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program

The Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program is now open to all Graduate Students currently enrolled at any of the University of California campuses who wish to work at a UC Natural Reserve System site, including WMRC. There are no restrictions on the research topic, and students from all academic disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. The maximum individual grant is $3,000, and the limit on total awards is $38,000.

Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant

The California Native Plant Society, Bristlecone Chapter is pleased to announce this year’s (2020) Request for Proposals for the CA Native Plant Society Bristlecone Chapter Mary DeDecker Botanical Grants.

Grants are for research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra and are available to graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12). Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Projects should be conducted at least in part within Inyo or Mono Counties.

Grant recipients generally receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter. The deadline for the 2020 Grant is January 23, 2020. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early March, 2020. Download application


Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grants

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grants are available for work in the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Labs (SNARL). (for information see vesr.ucnrs.org)

California Desert Research Fund

The California Desert Research Fund supports graduate student research that contributes to the understanding and conservation of desert parks, wildernesses, and other ecologically significant open spaces in the California Desert in San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Imperial Counties. See the California Desert Research Fund home page at www.thecommunityfoundation.net