The Temple University Graduate Research Award Sustainability Program (GRASP) advances the university’s goal of expanding sustainability research by providing funding to a graduate student research project focused on sustainability.
Application deadline is March 31st annually
Projects must have a research or implementation component and address sustainability on Temple’s campus or in the surrounding community. Projects that address urban sustainability issues will also be considered. Some examples of sustainability related research projects include, but are not limited to: energy reduction, waste minimization, sustainable food options, transportation initiatives, community awareness, health, education and research to inform policy. To determine if a project is sustainability related, please contact the Office of Sustainability.
Applicants are required to be enrolled in a Temple graduate degree program both at the time of application submission and the following fall semester (the award period). Applicants must identify a faculty mentor prior to application submission. The faculty mentor should be available to provide guidance throughout the award period and will be required to sign off on the final report/deliverable. Applicants from non-STEM majors are especially encouraged to apply.
The award consists of $3,000 to the awardee. Half of the award will be issued at project start and half at project completion upon submission of required documents. One award will be given every year during the spring semester to support summer/fall research. Project funds may be applied to the following activities: Materials or products required to implement the project; Professional work, installation, or design; Research and testing or monitoring equipment; Student wages.
Expectations of Award Recipient
- Report: Upon completion of the project, the award recipient must provide a report. For a research-focused project, the report should be of publishable quality for an industry journal (such as a technical article or white paper). For projects with an implementation component, the report should summarize the project and include results and photos. The award recipient must submit the final report at the end of the fall semester. The final report will be made publicly available on the Office of Sustainability website.
- Progress Report: The Office of Sustainability will meet with the award recipient throughout the award period to discuss project milestones. The award recipient will be required to meet project milestones and deadlines, which will be outlined in the award agreement. The award recipient must submit a detailed progress report at the end of the summer semester.
- Participation in Campus Sustainability Week: During the fall semester of the award period, the award recipient must participate in Campus Sustainability Week with either an educational presentation or demonstration.
- Application Cover Sheet;
- Project Abstract;
- Project Budget;
- Project Proposal;
- Mentor Letter of Support.
All application materials should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to GRASP@temple.edu.
2017 Award Winner: Alex Nawotka, MS Student in Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Research: Development of Sustainable Remediation Techniques for Persistent Organic Contaminants (final paper)
2016 Award Winner: Amy Sheikh, PhD Student in Fox School of Business
Research: Healthcare Sustainability: the neglected cause. How we can reduce costs and waste by turning back time. (final paper)
2015 Award Winner: Rebecca Croog, PhD Student in Geography and Urban Studies
Research: Towards a more inclusive approach to sustainability: Narrating, relating, and transforming sustainability initiatives in the Temple University-North Philadelphia context (final paper)