Ruben Zadigan Undergraduate Scholarship in Environmental Studies: Research Initiatives


Please carefully read the instructions below before completing the application.

Application deadline:

Not currently accepting applications. Applicationsi for Spring and Summer 2020 will open in the Fall.



General Information & Eligibility Requirements:

Environmental Studies undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate research are eligible to apply for the Ruben Zadigan Undergraduate Scholarship in Environmental Studies: Research Initiatives. The Zadigan Scholarship may provide up to $1,500 in financial support of student research and several scholarships are awarded each year. All Environmental Studies Program majors interested in pursuing research are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be actively enrolled in courses at KU, and awardees must enroll in EVRN 624 or EVRN 625 (Independent Study) for at least 1 credit hour (3 is preferred) during the following Spring or Summer semester. 

Selection criteria include the quality of the research proposal, the environmental relevance of the proposed research, and the strength of the collaboration with the faculty mentor.

Presenting Research Findings:

Winter term and spring award recipients must present their research findings at the Environmental Studies Research Colloquium in April. Summer recipients must present at the fall Undergraduate Research Colloquium. 

Application Requirements:

The application deadline for 2020 Spring and Summer semester funding has not yet been determined. We anticipate making all Zadigan Scholarship award announcements by the end of the fall semester. 

Required supporting documents:

  1. Research Proposal: In 500 words or less, this proposal describes the research endeavor, its link to faculty mentor research, the value of the research experience to the applicant, the product(s) that will be produced, and the environmental content of the research. As appropriate, the proposal should highlight the interdisciplinary aspects of the research endeavor.
  2. KU Degree Progress Report: Submit a Degree Progress Report generated within the fall 2018 semester.
  3. Two Academic References: One letter of reference from the potential research advisor; one letter of reference from a faculty member of your choosing - this reference should be in the form of an email from the faculty member to Liz Smith.

Supporting documents can be submitted via email to or by personal delivery or mail:

Environmental Studies Scholarship Committee
c/o Liz Smith
215 Lindley
1475 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


More information on general undergraduate research and first steps can be found at KU’s Center for Undergraduate Research.



Need research ideas? Please view the colloquium program from a previous year.

2016 Undergraduate Research Colloquium Program 

2015 Undergraduate Research Colloquium Program

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