The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Mason Student Opportunity Fellowship

Proposal Overview

The Mason Student Opportunity Fellowship was created by Loline Hathaway ’59 to honor the memory of David T. Mason ’58, with the goal of supporting first and foremost research work related to the Reed canyon. Should no such proposals be forthcoming in a given year, the fund will also support broader environmental research projects.

Eligibility: the fellowship is open to all Reed students in any discipline, except graduating seniors. 

Students may apply to multiple opportunities, but a student cannot hold this fellowship at the same time as another summer award.

Requirements: proposals should be designed for a summer of research, defined as ten weeks of full-time commitment. The successful student will produce a poster describing their experience for display at the summer fellowships poster session early in the fall semester, or, if that is not possible, submit a written report of no more than 1500 words.


The Mason Student Opportunity Fellowships are limited to $5,800. Of this total, $5,300 is specified as a stipend for the student for 10 weeks. The remaining $500 is available for supplies. 

Application process

Application: By 12:00 p.m. on March 4, 2020 all applicants should upload their application online using this link. Bundle items 1-4 (in that order) into one document before uploading.

  1. cover page with the title of the project, the name and email address of the applicant, and the name and email address of a faculty member who has agreed to mentor the project.
  2. Project description (no more than 1,000 words) single spaced description of the project detailing the research you plan to undertake. Describe how the opportunity will benefit your educational progress and/or how it relates to your career goals. What are the desired outcomes of the project?
  3. resume describing your relevant work, volunteer and course experience.
  4. When appropriate, a detailed budget for any expenses up to $500. A budget narrative should explain line items wherever needed. Non-consumable equipment or supplies should be returned to the college on completion of the project.
  5. One confidential letter of support from the Reed faculty member who is sponsoring the project. The letter need not be long, but should address the student’s readiness for the project and ability to complete the project successfully. The letter can be uploaded online or emailed directly to Jolie Griffin, URC Administrator, at


March 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For questions about the application process, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Jolie Griffin (