May 13, 2015
High Quality of Graduate Proposals Prompts Increase of Awards
During its annual spring meeting, the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) approved a total of nine graduate student awards—the most ever awarded for the program. Three masters level awards and six PhD level awards will be issued for 2015. NPRB received 38 applications representing 17 different institutions or agencies (13 Master’s level and 25 PhD level) which was down from last year’s 57 proposals. Although the number of applications were lower than expected, the quality of applicants and proposals were some of the best NPRB has seen to date. The PhD level students, in particular, were lauded by both science and advisory panels for their excellent academics and proposed research, thus making it a difficult decision for the Board to select only three awardees. As a result, the Board elected to increase the number of PhD awards from three to six for 2015.
Since 2008, NPRB has given awards to qualified masters and doctoral students seeking to support scholarly research that addresses scientific, technological, and socioeconomic issues relating to NPRB’s key research themes. Each recipient receives a $25,000 award.
Individual award notifications will be issued in the coming week. Details about the Graduate Student Research Award can be found here.