Hopland Research and Extension Center
University of California
Hopland Research and Extension Center

Hopland Scholars Research Award

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Background: The Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) is located on the western slopes of the Mayacamas mountains in Mendocino County, California. This 5,358 acre “living laboratory” provides research and education facilities for all through its extensive and diverse landscape, skilled staff including field technicians and community educators, and conference hall and research infrastructure. The site encompasses a range of habitats, including oak woodlands, chaparral, native grasslands, rangeland (grazing a flock of 200 western whiteface sheep), vineyard, riparian corridors, and seasonal creeks. The land includes nearly 890 different plants and an estimated 275 wildlife species. Hopland REC has been a center for field-based research for 70 years. In addition to a wealth of opportunities to study this working landscape, numerous archival data sets regarding the site are available through HREC. More information regarding HREC can be found at http://hrec.ucanr.edu/. Please be sure to check out the HREC Strategic Plan.

UC Berkeley Brashares Lab and drone (Jim Block)

The Hopland Scholars Research Award was established to support and expand scientific inquiry and discovery at HREC. Funding to establish the Hopland Scholars Award is provided by generous donors to the Hopland Scholars Fund and income generated by the HREC annual public deer hunt.

Purpose: The Hopland Scholars Award is intended to offset costs associated with an extended (e.g., several month) period of field research or extension activity at HREC. Appropriate uses include costs of HREC project fees, and facilities.

Eligibility: This award is open to graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) and postdoctoral researchers; applications from exceptional undergraduates will also be considered if supported by their advisor. Key areas of interest are projects that align with our HREC Mission and Strategic Plan, and show promise of furthering UC ANR’s Public Value Statements:

  • Protecting California’s natural resources.
  • Promoting healthy people and communities.
  • Building climate-resilient communities and ecosystems.
  • Improving animal management, productivity and efficiency.
  • Developing an inclusive and equitable society.

Projects in all science disciplines will be considered if they use resources and infrastructure available at HREC. The award is open to members of any accredited institution; applicants do not need to be students or post-docs at UC Berkeley or other campuses in the UC system.  

View of HREC headquarters from Lambing pasture.

Award: Awards of up to $1500 each will be made each year; the exact number of awards per year will depend upon available funding. The award will not be paid directly to the recipient but will instead be internally allocated to cover specified HREC costs. Awardees will be required to submit a brief two-page final report about the overall project and the impact of activities paid for by the award by July 31st of the year following their award.

Application process: 
1)Applicants must complete a research proposal through the online Universal Review System (URS), found at http://hrec.ucanr.edu/Research/Submitting_a_Proposal/.
2) Then apply for the award by completing this online application: http://bit.ly/hrecscholar . The information which must be submitted includes:

  • A short description of the proposed research with a title matching the URS submission
  • A statement describing the relevance of HREC to the project
  • How the project relates to the stated ANR Public Value Statements
  • How the project will extend knowledge gained to relevant audiences
  • The proposed use of the funds associated with the award
  • Their CV or resume
  • A letter of recommendation for their graduate or postdoctoral mentor

Applications are due May 28th, 2021.

Enquiries about the Hopland Scholars award or application process can be made to HREC Director, John Bailey, at jtbailey@ucanr.edu or (707) 744-1424 x 112.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of HREC staff and advisors. Awards will be announced by June 30th, 2021.

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