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Undergraduate Honors Thesis & Research Awards

Call for Applications

Thanks to generous support from a Mellon Foundation grant, the University of Oregon’s Center for Environmental Futures plans to award 5 awards of $1,000 each to UO undergraduates for honors thesis research projects in any area of the environmental humanities. The field of environmental humanities contextualizes and complements environmental science and policy by pursuing research on narrative, critical thinking, history, cultural analysis, aesthetics, and ethics of diverse environmental topics and issues, such as land use, animals, resource allocation, agriculture, species conservation, climate change, water, and other related issues. Research in environmental justice is also an integral part of the environmental humanities at the UO.

UO undergraduate students from any major pursuing an honors thesis in the environmental humanities and related fields, including environmental justice, are eligible to apply for these awards. All Clark Honors College students and others pursuing an honors thesis within a specific department are eligible. Students in all colleges and departments can apply. Thesis projects could include traditional honors theses as well as work in creative arts, service projects, or outreach. Students can be at any stage of the research or writing process during the 2019-2020 academic year, and awards can support any aspect of the thesis process — from the research stage to the writing of the thesis, dissemination of the results, or as a prize recognizing exemplary thesis work recently completed or nearly completed in the environmental humanities.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 17, 2020
*Extended Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020

Award Notification: April 2020

To apply, please complete the following application CLICK HERE

Please note: Once you have submitted your application, you cannot edit your submission.

The application asks for the following information:

  1. Applicant Name
  2. UO Student ID #
  3. Thesis Advisor and Faculty Mentor (name, email address, and departmental affiliation of thesis advisor and at least one other faculty mentor)
  4. Project Title
  5. Confirm that your project is an honors thesis
  6. Project Description (1,000-word maximum project description, which should include a description of the project, research questions, expected contribution to your field, stage or status of the project, and expected timeline for completion)
  7. Relevance to Environmental Humanities (3-4 sentence maximum explanation of how the project fits with and contributes to the environmental humanities)


For questions contact Mark Carey (Clark Honors College and Environmental Studies Program, or Gordon Sayre (Department of English,

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