Grad Student Scholarship for 2011 North American Beekeeping Conference

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Foundation Offering Grad Student Scholarships Again

        The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is again offering scholarships of $2000 each to five graduate students in apiculture. This is the Foundation’s sixth year to award such scholarships.

            The Foundation is a charitable research and education foundation affiliated with the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF). The Foundation has benefited from a generous gift from the Glenn and Gertrude Overturf estate, and is sustained by ongoing gifts from ABF members and other supportive individuals.

            The Foundation Trustees have chosen to use a portion of the grant to offer graduate student scholarships to foster professional development for young apicultural scientists. The purpose of the scholarships is to allow the recipients to attend the 2011 North American Beekeeping Conference, which will include meetings of American Beekeeping Federation, American Honey Producers Association, American Bee Research Conference, and Apiary Inspectors of America, in Galveston, Texas, Jan. 4-8, 2011. The recipients will have an opportunity to meet other researchers and beekeepers and to present their research at the meeting. The Board of Trustees looks forward to their contributions to the conference. The scholarships are available to all graduate students.  Graduate students at universities outside the U.S. are invited to apply.

            Applications for the scholarships will be accepted until October 30, 2010. Applicants should submit to the Board for consideration:

1. A cover letter from their advisor outlining the student's progress toward their graduate degree, tentative graduation date, and any other information about the student and their research that would help the committee "get to know" the student. 

2. A curriculum vitae, or resume, not to exceed 2 pages. 

3. A research proposal (not to exceed 3 pages). This proposal should outline the specific research experiments the student is conducting for their degree. The proposal should clearly state how the research benefits bees and/or beekeeping. The proposal can describe research that the student is planning to perform, or the progress the student already has made toward that research. The proposal should begin with an introduction to the research problem, and should follow with clear goals and objectives that state the research questions and hypotheses. The student should then discuss the methods that will be used to answer their research questions, and the expected results or results to date.

Recipients will be selected in November of 2010.

Applications must be submitted electronically to:

Troy Fore, Executive Director

Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees


If you have questions or need more information about the scholarship program, contact:

Marla Spivak

Scholarship Program Coordinator

Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees