Ruben Zadigan Undergraduate Scholarship in Environmental Studies: Research Initiatives


Please carefully read the instructions below before completing the application.

Application deadline:

December 7, 2020.



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 $1,800 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 2021 Spring and Summer semester is November 2, 2020. 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 2020 semester.
  3. Two Academic References: One letter of reference from the potential research advisor, and one letter of reference from a faculty member of your choosing. These references must be emailed to the Environmental Studies Department at as a Word document attachment.

Supporting documents can be submitted via email to 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.

2019 Undergraduate Research Colloquium Program

2016 Undergraduate Research Colloquium Program 

2015 Undergraduate Research Colloquium Program

Subscribe to Department News

Environmental Studies Events
ESSA & Grub Club Info
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
Black Lives Matter Solidarity Statement