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.

"For David Mason ’58, The Reed Canyon provided a space for respite and contemplation. This research fund was created to honor and make possible academic pursuits germinated at the water’s edge. No matter your discipline–a poet, an economist, a musician, a scientist, or a linguist–go forth with your inspiration and add to the history of knowledge." -Loline Hathaway ’59

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 $6,100. Of this total, $5,600 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 31, 2021 (Please note: This is a new due date. The orginial due date was March 3) all applicants should upload their application online using this link. Bundle items 1-5 (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. 
    • Please include a 1-2 page (maximum) résumé. The CLBR has free drop in advising to help students craft résumés, and we encourage you to take advantage of this. The URC asks for résumés to help learn more about each applicant, and to encourage students to develop their application materials. The URC does not make evaluative decisions based on the content of the résumé.
  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. Covid-19 protocal, if your project involves travel. See Travel Restrictions below. 
  6. 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 31, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (Please note: This is a new due date. The orginial due date was March 3) Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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


The Undergraduate Research Committee seeks to offer students opportunities to support their studies and interests in the form of grants and awards. The URC views the opportunity to apply for grants and awards as a pedagogical one in which students have the chance to learn about how the application process works. The URC grants and awards are open to all students regardless of discipline. The URC is aware of systemic bias in the application process, and seeks in particular to support students from historically underrepresented communities in academia, and we take into consideration bias, oppression, and opportunity as we evaluate applications.  

We encourage students to reach out the CLBR for help with putting together application materials. The CLBR offers drop in appointments, advising, and other resources.

Travel Restrictions

See travel restrictions on the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan.

If your project involves travel, you must submit a Covid-19 protocol on how you will conduct your project safely. Funding cannot be released until your Covid-19 plan has been approved by the Dean of Faculty.