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Student Prizes & Awards

2018 Student Prizes and Research Funds

Purpose: Cash prizes and funds are awarded each year to encourage and recognize creative work and scholarship related to the mission of the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Work and scholarship includes scientific research, interpretive engagement, and artistic and scholarly explorations. For all award decisions the relevance of the work and scholarship are related to the institution’s needs, the students’ academic abilities, and the potential for sustainable impacts.

Eligibility: Each prize and fund has specific eligibility criteria. Currently enrolled U-M undergraduate and graduate students at the Ann Arbor campus are eligible for all prizes and funds. Students enrolled at UM-Dearborn or UM-Flint, as well as other institutions, should see each prize’s criteria. Preference is given to students who have not won previously.

Submission Information: Note: The Research Funding for Conservation Studies category requires preliminary contact so that feedback can be provided to guide submissions in time to meet the deadline. To submit an application for these awards, apply by email to: For questions, please contact Dr. David Michener at 734.647.8711 or by email. Deadline for applications/nominations is 5 pm Wed., March 7, 2018.

Prizes & Awards:

Nanette R. LaCross Prize(s) and William D. Drake Prize(s)
Restriction: U-M Ann Arbor Students in SEAS (School for Environment and Sustainability) or PITE (Program in the Environment) only
Prize range: $500-2,000

Click here for information and to apply for LaCross or Drake prizes.

Research Funding for Conservation Studies
Restriction: UM enrollment preferred but others may be considered if strongly related to our mission and sites.
Award range: $1,000-2,000

Click here for information and to apply for research funding.

Expectations of Prize and Fund Awardees

Funds awarded represent the generosity of donors, members, and diverse supporters of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Every awardee is expected to write a personalized letter of acknowledgement that will be shared with the donor / representative. In addition, attendance at an annual dinner with the director and donors / representatives is expected if logistically reasonable.


Winifred B. Chase Fellowship
Restriction:  Enrollment in any of the three U-M campuses
Award range: $500-2,000

Click here for information and to apply for the Winifred B. Chase Fellowship.

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