Sue Wells Research Grant

High Country Audubon Society has established a grant of up to $500 in support of HCAS’s mission statement which is to encourage beginning birders and experts alike in our five-county area to enjoy birds and bird-watching and to engage in conservation, education, and research for the benefit of the birds of western North Carolina.

The purpose of the Sue Wells Research Grant is to provide high school or university students with financial assistance for research concerning birds of the North Carolina High Country. The application requires a statement that describes how the research is related to birds of this area.

Funds must be used in support of research or field work in ornithology or in an area of study that will directly benefit birds or bird habitat. The applicant should provide a written description of the proposed research, a time schedule, and a budget. Only high school students or undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in degree-seeking programs or may apply. High school and undergraduate students who are graduating seniors must plan to complete their research prior to graduation

Reimbursable Expenses (as receipts are turned in):

  • Travel to and from a research site.
  • Supplies and equipment specific to the proposed project not generally available in an institutional research laboratory.

Expenses Not Reimbursed:

  • Travel to scientific meetings or symposia.
  • Educational programs, tuition, room and board, textbooks, curriculum development.
  • Purchase of supplies and equipment considered standard and normally available in an institutional research laboratory (i.e. common laboratory chemicals, Petri dishes, agar, pipettes, glassware, etc.).
  • Salaries or stipends for applicants or assistants.
  • Manuscript preparation and publication costs.
  • Indirect costs or institutional administrative fees.

The student who receives the grant will be expected to present his/her findings at a High Country Audubon Society meeting within one year of the completion of the research. We also ask that the grant recipient acknowledge this grant in papers, presentations, etc. that come out of the research.
If you have any question, email Bob Cherry here.

Information for the current grant will be posted on this website by mid-May each year. Applications must be received by June 30. The award winner will be announced at the HCAS Annual Membership Meeting in July which is held on the third Tuesday.

Sue Wells Research Grant Application (2018)