Doyle Stephens Scholarship

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake (FoGSL) established the Doyle W. Stephens scholarship to celebrate Doyle’s remarkable scientific contributions toward understanding the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem. This scholarship provides support to undergraduate or graduate students engaged in new or on-going research that focuses on Great Salt Lake and its ecosystem. For 2017, FoGSL will award one $1,000 scholarship.

Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university. Individuals who have previously received this award are not eligible. The award may be used to support laboratory or field research, attendance at professional meetings, or other activities that further the understanding or protection of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. Research located anywhere in the Great Salt Lake watershed can qualify for this award.

Application Deadline: March 17, 2017 (the scholarship winner will be notified by April 17th, 2017)

Application Instructions:

Please use the form below for online submissions

Mail or email completed applications to: FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake, 150 South 600 East, Suite 2B, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102 or pelican@fogsl.org. Applications must be postmarked on or before March 17, 2017 and must include all of the following components:

  1. A complete Applicant Information Form
  2. A transcript from your current institution (unofficial copies are fine)
  3. At least 1 letter of support (must be from a faculty advisor or research mentor)
  4. A brief research proposal (5 pages or less) describing your research project (the proposal must include a project budget indicating how the scholarship funds would be spent)

How Applicants Will Be Evaluated: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and will be judged on the following criteria: 1) Quality of written proposal; 2) Probability of successful completion of the proposed research (based on the budget, student transcripts, and letters of support); 3) Potential contribution of the proposed research to the protection, preservation or understanding of Great Salt Lake.

Scholarship Recipient Requirements: The successful applicant will be expected to share his/her research findings with FoGSL via a presentation, a newsletter article, or both. The winner will be required to produce a short online video about their research. He/she will also be expected to attend an awards ceremony scheduled for May 18 in Salt Lake City.

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Why We Care

  • Several years ago I was enchanted by Alfred Lambourne’s romanticized paintings of the Great Salt Lake, so began my own quest to explore its islands and capture what I saw in quick, plein air, oil sketches.

    I made many day-trips to Black Rock and spent a significant amount of time camping on Stansbury and Antelope Islands, climbing their trails and swimming in their bays. My paintings became my diary as I observed the changing light and shadow on the rocks and water. The brine flies and gnats often hovered over my shoulder anxious to immortalize themselves in the sticky colorful oil paint.

    Kirk Henrichsen, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant

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