Grants for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology are funded by an endowment created by contributions from the Mineralogical Society of American (MSA) membership. The grant comprises two awards of up to $5,000 each for research in mineralogy and petrology. Students, including graduate and undergraduate students, are encouraged to apply. However, all proposals are considered together. The award selection will be based on the qualifications of the applicant, the quality, innovativeness, and scientific significance of the research, and the likelihood of success of the project.
The eligibility requirements for the grant are that the applicant: is an MSA member, is more than one year from completing his or her degree, cannot submit proposals for both this and Crystallography grant in the same year, and is not an MSA Councilor.
The grant is for research-related expenses only. Travel to meetings, conferences, short courses, non-research field trips, tuition, non-research living (room and board) expenses, overhead or indirect costs, etc. are not suitable uses of the money. Neither should the money be used for salary or wages for the researcher. Proposals that make such requests will not be considered further.
Proposal submissions for the grant are to be made online. Further information and application form are available at the MSA Grant for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology webpage. Completed applications must be returned to the MSA Business Office by March 1, 2020. The next award will be made in May 2020.
Francis M. McCubbin
Chair, Mineralogy/Petrology Research Grant Committee