Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship Program

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is now accepting applications for the 2020 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship. Two $1000 scholarships, one to a graduate researcher and one to an undergraduate researcher, will be awarded during the 2020 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum on May 7. Applications are due March 15; winners will be notified by April 17. 

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FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake established the Doyle W. Stephens Research Program to celebrate Stephens' remarkable scientific contributions toward understanding the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem. This scholarship provides support to undergraduate and graduate students engaged in new or on-going research that focuses on Great Salt Lake and its ecosystem. 

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. We will consider projects from any academic field (for instance: ecology, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, geology, urban planning, social sciences, communications, education, economics, tourism, engineering, etc.). 

Stay tuned for the 2020 Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship Application dates. 

History of Dr. Doyle W. Stephens and the scholarship created in his name.

Doyle Stephens was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1944. He received his BS in Biology from Weber State College in 1967, his MS in Entomology in 1969 and his PhD in Limnology from the University of Utah in 1974.

At the time of his death in May, 2000, he had been a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for nearly 20 years. In 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology.

Doyle Stephens made significant contributions toward public awareness of critical issues relating to Utah's natural resources and environment. Of particular importance were his efforts to increase public knowledge and awareness of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem. As a contributor to the state's Great Salt Lake Ecosystem project, Doyle's work on Great Salt Lake shrimp ecology helped increase understanding about population dynamics of the shrimp in the lake and factors affecting the structure and density of the population.

"Stephens leaves a broad and deep body of scientific work. His legacy is that his work's contribution to the environment, to the economy, and to the quality of life in Utah will not diminish over time but will continue to grow," says Don Leonard, President, Utah Artemia Association.

Another colleague observed: "Icebergs don't happen in Great Salt Lake, save one. Before he left us so prematurely, we only got to see the tip of Doyle Stephens' impact on the work of almost every other Great Salt Lake investigator. As time passes, we will begin to understand the extent of Doyle's work and the encouragement he lent to others to wonder and search along with him."

 

Click here to donate. With your help, FRIENDS can continue to support and promote research critical to the conservation of Great Salt Lake.

Thank You To Our 2019 Donors Thank You To Our 2018 Donors Thank You To Our 2017 Donors  Thank you to our 2016 Donors 
Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc. Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc.  Lynn & Bradley Carroll Jim Carter
Great Salt Lake Audubon Great Salt Lake Audubon  Gail Blattenberger Jim and Edna Ehleringer
 Mark Brunson The Nature Conservancy  Robert Baskin & Lisa Watts Baskin Jody Gunderson & Bill Heeschen
 Joe Gardner Bill Heeschen & Judy Gunderson  Joe Gardner & Nancy Bush Vincie Giles
 Vincie Giles    The Nature Conservancy Joseph Hicks
 Bill Heeschen & Judy Gunderson    Joanna Endter-Wada Frank Jarvis
 Laird Norton

 

 Ali Sabbah Bill Trevithick
 Chris Montague    Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc. Joanna Endter-Wada
 Jeff Richards     William and Donna Vogel
 Kenneth Sassen     Bruce and Kathy Waddell
Pete Webb      

Doyle W. Stephens Scholarship Recipients 

2003 - Henry Hyochang Lee, Ph.D. student, University of Utah "The economics of the brine shrimp resource in Great Salt Lake"

2004 - Ashlee Allred, Undergraduate, Westminster College "Phytoprotective pigment production by Great Salt Lake microbes"

2005 - Carla Koons Trentelman, Ph.D. student, Utah State University "Place attachment among neighbors of Great Salt Lake and its environs"

2006 & 2007 - Misty Riddle, Undergraduate, Westminster College "Microbial Influence in the Great Salt Lake: Identification of Great Salt Lake Microbes Associated with the Brine Shrimp, Artemia Franciscana"
  
2008 - Christy Cottrell, Undergraduate Weber State College "Metagenomic diversification of Great Salt Lake Brine Flies"
 
2009 - Gregory T. Carling, Ph.D. student, University of Utah "Mercury Cycling in Wetlands Adjacent to the Great Salt Lake"
2010 - Richard Beau Anderson, M.Sc. student, Univerisity of Utah "Recharge source, age, and projected flow path of submarine groundwater discharge to Great Salt Lake"
 
2011 - Anthony J. Roberts, Ph.D. student, Utah State University "Origin of Waterfowl Wintering on Great Salt Lake: A Stable Isotope Approach"
 
2012 - Rebekah Downard, Ph.D. student, Utah State University "Determining the Impact of Impoundment and Water Management on Wetland Condition around the Great Salt Lake, Utah"
 
2013 - Joel Pierson, M.Sc. student, University of Utah "Nutrient Cycling in Willard Spur, Great Salt Lake, Utah"
 
2014 - Christine Rohal, M.Sc. student, Utah State University "Effective methods for control of the widespread invasive grass, Phragmites australis: A large-scale, multi-year experiment to improve restoration of native wetland plant communities in Great Salt Lake wetlands"
 
2015 - Chris Mansfield, Undergraduate, Westminster College Is photo-­degradation an important control on methylmercury in the Great Salt Lake?
 
2016 - Derek Mallia, Ph.D. student, University of Utah "The Impacts of a Shrinking Great Salt Lake on Future Air Quality"
 

2017 -  Melody Lindsay, Ph.D. student, University of Montana "Effects of Changing Salinity on Microbialite-Associated Primary Producers and Secondary Consumers in Great Salt Lake"

You can read her full proposal here!

2018 – Katherine Barrett, Ph.D. student, University of Notre Dame "Linking Artemia To The Benthos: Do Microbialites Support Brine Shrimp Production in Great Salt Lake?" 

Recipient Video

2019 Graduate Division — Clint Carney, Ph.D. student, Utah State University "Bringing Great Salt Lake into Utah's Water Reallocation Conversation"

2019 Undergraduate Division — Chloe Fender, B.A. student, Westminster College "Snowmelt Contaminant Pulses in the Wasatch Mountains" 

 
 
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Why We Care

  • That which lies nearest is best.

    Alfred Lambourne, Our Inland Sea, 1887