Garry McKenzie & Henry Brecher Undergraduate Scholarship


Updated on 10/29/2020

Congratulations to 2020 recipients!

Next Call for Applications - Fall of 2021


Attention UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS working with Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center scientists. 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 (travel and/or registration costs to meetings to present research, laboratory supplies, publication expenses, future fieldwork, and/or other anticipated research related expenses).

Applications can be submitted electronically to:

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

OR, mailed to:

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

Applications are due by TBA.  Scholarship awards will be made during during the TBA.

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 $600.00 or less.  Recipient(s) will be selected by a 3-member committee.

Any questions should be directed to:

Michele Cook

Past Recipients


  • Ryan Benefiel (Earth Sciences), Phosphorus Retention in Agricultural Headwater Streams
  • Kathryn Zic (Earth Sciences), Determination of Lead in Ohio State University's Drinking Water


  • Sreya Juras (International Studies), Understanding the pre-historic presence of the sweet potato in Polynesia: Experimental determination of seed floatability and impacts of contact with seawater on seed viability
  • Brianna Piergallini (SES), Analysis of Fe Concentrations within Antarctic Glacial Sediments
  • Nischay Soni (Geography), UAS borne analysis of remote locations
  • MIchael Evan Vega (Civil Engineering), Mountain Drone Team Development


  • 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)