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Brumbaugh Scholars Program

The John T. Huston – Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center has allocated resources from the Brumbaugh Endowment to foster research and scholarly activities among students, staff, and faculty that are related to the mission of the Nature Center, which is to “provide and support opportunities for enjoying and learning about our natural and cultural heritage.” 

In keeping with that mission, the Nature Center is pleased to invite proposals from current students at the University of Mount Union to conduct summer projects. Student proposals from any discipline or area of interest are welcomed and encouraged. The unifying elements of appropriate research or other projects are:

  1. Place-based. The project should relate to the natural and cultural heritage of northeastern Ohio and be explicitly related to the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center and its mission.
  2. Student-centered. The intent is to provide students with opportunities to engage in meaningful hands-on activities that complement their classroom education.
  3. Collaborative. Students should identify a Mount Union faculty or staff member who will serve as the project mentor.  Each project should allow students and mentors to work together in ways that provide genuine experiential learning for the student while also allowing the mentor to further their own scholarly or professional interests.

Scholars are expected to commit to a minimum of eight weeks of work during the summer. Up to four scholars will be supported through a combination of hourly pay and a stipend up to $3,000 per student. Summer 2020 student proposals are due Friday, January 17, 2020.  For questions, email to naturecenter@mountunion.edu.

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Brumbaugh Scholars

Students who would like to be considered for this program will be selected based on their proposal and possibly an interview with the Selection Committee.  Each proposal should identify a faculty or staff member who is interested in working with the student on the project. If selected, students are expected to commit to a minimum of eight weeks of work during the summer and develop a schedule that is mutually agreeable to both them and their mentor. A maximum of four students will be supported through a combination of hourly pay and a stipend up to $3,000 per student. All Brumbaugh Scholars are required to give a final presentation of their work.  Final decisions will be announced in March 2020.