CFE has several fellowships and scholarships available to graduate students enrolled in PSU’s Environmental Science and Policy M.S. degree program. These opportunities are made possible by generous donors to CFE for the purpose of supporting student’s work in environmental science. A request for proposals for these funds is sent to students, typically in the spring. Awards are made based on the proposals and the availability of funds.
The Joe and Gail White Graduate Fellowship
Joe White ’68 and Gail Heffernan White ’66 have been generous benefactors of Plymouth State University for many years, and have been active on the Alumni Board and in the Alumni Association. They were teachers, ran an organic farm in Brentwood, and have a deep appreciation of the natural environment. The White’s support of the Center for the Environment started in 2005, and, in 2007, their annual support was formalized into the Joe and Gail White Graduate Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to support a full- or part-time graduate student in Environmental Science and Policy whose work helps address environmental issues of concern in New Hampshire.
- The 2015-2016 Joe and Gail White Fellowship was awarded to Matthew Mazzone. Matt is exploring how around climate change, environmental stressors, community ecology, and microbiology to evaluate the conditions of watershed systems in New Hampshire. He is interested in researching the environmental stressors of road salt and temperature change, and how they affect the primary productivity of macro invertebrates and fish communities. One goal of the study is to study the community as a whole and how environmental stressors affect aquatic organisms at an individual level and at the community level. This study will help people better understand how organisms are affected by change (climate change and road salts), and the overall health of the watershed.
The James W. Tethers Scholarship
The James W. Tethers Scholarship Endowment was established PSU in 2007 through a gift from the James W. Tethers Educational Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Manchester Region. This fund was established in memory of James W. Tethers who worked at the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission for 29 years and served as chief planner. The purpose of this fund is to support scholarships for New Hampshire graduate students studying urban, regional, community or environmental planning or geography. Application.
- Laura Getts was awarded the 2015-2016 James W. Tethers Scholarship. Laura will evaluate recent patterns in active transportation and to identify areas needing improvement. A goal of her work is to utilize data analysis to assist decision making at the statewide level and to encourage the holistic incorporation of environmental, social, political, and economic factors into transportation planning. She will be analyzing biking patterns spatially and temporally (hourly, weekly, seasonally), by facility type (rail trail, rural road, city streets), and activity type (e.g. recreation, commuting, training). These assessments will provide NHDOT, local public works, and regional planning commissions with clear metrics for assessing the use of roads and trails for active transportation.
The Sid Lovett Fund for the Center for the Environment
The Sid Lovett Fund for the Center for the Environment supports the production of professional, high quality materials developed from student and faculty research. Funds are to be used for printing costs, producing posters for conferences, and expenses for publication and reprints of journal articles by faculty and students, and similar communications. Rev. Sid Lovett of Holderness established this endowed fund with CFE in 2008. Sid is active in the region, has served as a state representative and on town boards, and currently serves on the PSU President’s Council. The environment is one of his highest priorities and he was instrumental in the creation of CFE.
Pamela Marrapese “Keep NH Lakes Clear” Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Pamela Marrapese “Keep NH Lakes Clear” Endowed Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship award for an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student at Plymouth State University who is seeking to develop an understanding of environmental science with particular interest in the science of freshwater ecology. As a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, Pamela Marrapese was instrumental in the formation of one of the first lake associations in New Hampshire, The Webster Lake Association. She guided the organization through its infancy, and fought battles on behalf of the lake to help preserve its clean water. Pam’s primary belief was that education is tantamount in achieving and maintaining water quality. The scholarship is available to full-time matriculated returning undergraduate students majoring environmental science and policy, environmental biology, or environmental planning, or graduate students in Environmental Science and Policy. Applicants should have taken, or intend to take, classes related to freshwater ecology. Application.
- Roy Fruit has been awarded the 2015-2016 Marrapese Scholarship. Roy will be assessing changes in stream community health using extracted stressor proteins from macro invertebrate, cyanobacteria and stream trout populations as biomarkers. The study will be twofold: looking at both individual and community responses to environmental stresses. Roy will collect community samples from streams, conduct protein extraction, and through data analysis will determine the levels of stressor protein expression as temperature and saline concentrations rise. Results will then be used as an indicator of health among individuals and stream communities as a whole.