Student opportunities

WMRC Graduate Student Minigrant Program .The WMRC minigrant program funds about 10 thesis-related graduate student research projects each year, including both UC and non-UC students. Funds are typically granted to cover room, board and lab fees for staying at WMRC facilities. This program is typically announced in December with an application deadline in early February and award announcements at the beginning of April.

The Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program is now open to all Graduate Students currently enrolled at any of the University of California campuses who wish to work at a UC Natural Reserve System site, including WMRC. There are no restrictions on the research topic, and students from all academic disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. The maximum individual grant is $3,000, and the limit on total awards is $38,000.  

Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant The Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to request applications for the Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant.The purpose of these grants is to promote research and projects that increase understanding and appreciation of the native flora and ecosystems of the Eastern Sierra region. The grant committee will consider proposals from graduate and undergraduate college students as well as elementary, middle, and high school pupils and their teachers. details

C.A. Nelson, WMRS fund for student research in the early Earth's history of the White/Inyo Range Limited funds (up to $2000) are available to students who wish to use the Clem Nelson Trilobite Collection in their research, or who are investigating other aspects of early Earth research. Application information for 2014 will be released in December, 2013.

Other student opportunities:

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grants (for information see available for work in the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Labs (SNARL).

The Desert Legacy Fund supports graduate student research that contributes to the understanding and conservation of desert parks, wildernesses, and other ecologically significant open spaces in the California Desert in San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Imperial Counties.

The UC Merced Yosemite Field Station hosts a Research Experience for Undergraduates program each summer from mid-June through mid-August. Information about the program, projects and mentors can be found at: