Kauffman and Miller Research Awards

Kauffman Miller Research Awards
Amanda Williams, junior Bekah Mongold and Hannah Daley '17 take a break during summer data collection on Crab Run in Bergton, Virginia. Williams and Daley are the recipients of the first EMU Summer Research Grant, which they are using to explore the relationship between canopy cover and water temperature.

Summer 2024

Information and application guidelines

General information


We are pleased to announce the Summer 2024 EMU Kauffman and Miller Research Award competition, sponsored by donors to the Daniel B. Suter Endowment and CT Assist. There are prizes of $3,000 available to students, which will be awarded to the student for six weeks of research over the summer of 2024. Additional money will be available to the mentoring professor for project supplies or travel expenses.

Before applying, please be in contact with an EMU biology, chemistry or ENVS faculty person that you’d like to work with this summer. Talk to them about your interest for this summer work, what kinds of projects that you like to  be involved in with them as your mentor, and what schedule you could keep.

Any EMU undergraduate student is eligible for this award. Preference will be given to students who are rising Sophomores and Juniors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biology or chemistry secondary education, CLS, or environmental science major programs, particularly those with demonstrated financial need. Students graduating in May, 2024 are also eligible. Students from racial and ethnic groups that are under-represented in STEM professions are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application and Selection Process Overview: Deadline 3/22/2024

Please work with an EMU faculty person on these tasks:

  1. Complete the online application form, including the names of two EMU faculty references who are familiar with you, including that professor that you hope to work with most closely this summer.

  2. Send an unofficial transcript (pdf file) to Diane Farrar (diane.farrar@emu.edu), by the end of the day March 22nd 2024.

During the following week, all of the completed applications will be considered by a group of three EMU Biology and Chemistry faculty members, selected from those who do not have any student mentees applying. The announcement will be made to all applicants by the end of the day March 29th.


From the Biology and Chemistry faculty –

Any questions should be referred to Jim Yoder, Program Director, Professor of Biology

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