S-STEM / Enhancing Ecological Education Scholarship Program (E3SP)
Deadline for 2013-14 academic year: June 1, 2013
New and returning students majoring in environmental science or fisheries and wildlife science are eligible for Paul Smith’s Enhancing Ecological Education Scholarship Program (E3SP).
The scholarships are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. That NSF initiative is aimed at bolstering the number of graduates from American colleges and universities who become scientists and engineers.
The main goal of E3SP is to teach students to understand the scientific process and acquire tools to become creative and independent thinkers asking important questions, researching complex issues, solving problems, and communicating new knowledge. With the six-million-acre Adirondack Park in their backyard, students will take advantage of this rich resource as a classroom.
E3SP students will:
- Establish a one-on-one relationship with a faculty member who will help guide a culminating research project.
- Be mentored by – and ultimately be mentors to – other E3SP participants.
- Receive special assistance in securing seasonal wildlife jobs and internships.
We expect that 90 percent of scholarship recipients will complete their bachelor’s degrees within five years; of that group, 90 percent are expected to find jobs in their chosen field or attend graduate school within six months of graduation.
Scholarships will be awarded to academically talented students who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, nationals, refugees or other noncitizens with permanent visas.
Up to 14 scholarships worth $10,000 apiece will be awarded each year through the program.