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Garry McKenzie & Henry Brecher Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship

Updated on 01/3/2024


Attention UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS working with Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center faculty and staff. You are encouraged to apply for research support from the G. McKenzie & H. Brecher Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. The funds are to be used in support of your undergraduate research and may include travel and/or registration costs to meetings to present research, laboratory supplies, publication expenses, future fieldwork, and/or other anticipated research related expenses.

Application Instructions

Submit your application electronically:

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
c/o the G. McKenzie & H. Brecher Undergraduate Scholarship Fund at: cook.942@osu.edu

OR, mail your application:

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
c/o G. McKenzie & H. Brecher Scholarship Fund
Attn:  Michele Cook
The Ohio State University
108 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210

Due Date: To Be Released

Next call for applications will be announced in 2024.  

Application Requirements:

Applications must include: (1) a one-page description of the project (please include a title), (2) a brief detailed budget, and (3) a letter of endorsement by the Byrd Center member with whom you are working. Please include your contact information within your proposal (name, email address, phone number and advisor's name). Requests can be in the amount of $700.00 or less.  Recipient(s) will be selected by a 3-member committee.


Michele Cook

A PDF document of this information can be found here 

Past Recipients


  • Abby Dietrich (Chemical Engineering), Exploring Chemical and Hydrological Relationships in Rivers Draining Peatlands in Northwest Ireland
  • Ashley Kuhn (Geography) and Kendyl Trem (Environmental Science), Isotope Analysis of Water Samples from Great Basin National Park
  • Maria Scaccia (Earth Sciences; Hydrogeology), The Flow of Carbon in Response to Water Table Fluctuations and Flooding
  • Kyle Shoen (Earth Sciences, Hydrogeology), Field Experiments to Groundtruth Relationships between Seismic Signals and Sediment Transport in High-latitude Rivers
  • Savannah Stearmer (English), Byrd Center Flag Project


  • Chance Carafice (Engineering Physics), Mountain Drone Team Bofedales Drone Development
  • Mia Rankin (Earth Sciences), Impermeable Surface Runoff into the Olentangy River at The Ohio State University




  • Kira Harris (SES), Geomorphic and Sedimentological Controls on Hyporheic Flow in an Alpine River
  • Caitlin Monagle (SES), The Geochemistry of Soils from the Namib Desert, Africa
  • James White (Atmospheric Sciences), Preserved Charcoal as a Proxy for Wildfire Activity in Great Basin National Park


  • Rebecca Anderson (SES), Petrographic Analysis of Metamorphic Rocks from the Choshui River in Taiwan
  • Lillian Kleban (SES), Dissolution Kinetics of Volcanic Ash in Sea Water
  • John-Morgan Manos (GEOG), Annual Surface Elevation of the Lehman Rock Glacier in Great Basin National Park


  • Scott Aleshire (School of Earth Sciences, Advisor: Terry Wilson)
  • Sean O’Brien (School of Earth Sciences, Advisor: Larry Krissek)


  • Paul Soltesz (BPRC; Department of Geography, Advisor: Bryan Mark)2011:


  • Shawn Stone (BPRC; School of Environment and Natural Resources)


  • Justin Von Bargen (BPRC; School of Earth Sciences)
  • John Volk (School of Earth Sciences)