Pete Henika Memorial Fund

Pete Henika Memorial Fund Request for Proposals

2019 schedule
March 29
Request for proposals posted.

May 3
Deadline for applications.

May 6-10
Review of applications.

May 13-17
Notification of all applicants, with final notification to awardee by May 17, 2019.

About the fund
The Pete Henika Memorial Fund was established by Bill and Mary Jane Henika to support basic, natural history research in Virginia.

Request for proposals
The Pete Henika Memorial fund of the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Graduate Student Research Award. The award, up to $3,500, will be given to a graduate student from a Virginia University for a research project that examines some aspect of Virginia natural history (Geology, Paleontology, Biology, Archaeology).

The proposal should be about 1 page in length (less than 600 words, not including references) with no more than one illustration. It should describe the project and indicate how it is related to the study of Virginia’s natural world.

Medical studies and studies involving human biology are specifically excluded as are projects involving domestic animals, including lab animals.

The proposal should be accompanied by a letter from the student’s graduate advisor.

Reporting and responsibilities
Each grantee will be responsible for the following by December 31, 2019:

  • A summary of the project with budget
  • A ~2.5 page project summary, appropriate for public consumption
  • A collection of voucher specimens relevant to the project, which will be accessioned into the VMNH collections
  • Participation in one VMNH event or program, such as festival or lecture series
  • Subsequently, acknowledgement of VMNH and the Pete Henika Memorial Fund in any report, published paper, or scientific/public presentation

Please submit all application materials and questions to

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