Doyle Stephens Scholarship

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake (FRIENDS) 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 2020, FRIENDS will award two $1,000 scholarships, one to a graduate student, and one to an undergraduate student.

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 15, 2020 (the scholarship winner will be notified by April 17th, 2020)

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 5D, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102 or snowyegret@fogsl.org. Applications must be postmarked on or before March 15, 2020 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 FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake via a presentation, a newsletter article, or both. He/she will be expected to attend an award ceremony during the 2020 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum on May 7, 2020.

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Why We Care

  • The lake is elemental. It seems to arise from creation itself, the embodiment of Aristotle's classical concept of matter and the universe: earth, air, fire, and water. Seen in this ethereal light -- the gloom of dusk lit by fiery sunlight, alien and snow-covered, leaking water and struggling to exist -- it connects to secret and ancient things. Aristotle's insight may have come to him in a dream, and the dream surely looked like this.

    Thomas Horton, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant