Guidelines for Student Proposal Narrative

A complete student application will consist of the following:

  1. Completed application form with signatures (hard copy delivered to Nancy Alessi, Environmental Studies Department, 204 Memorial Hall)
  2. Proposal narrative (e-mail to Nancy Alessi)
  3. Detailed budget (e-mail to Nancy Alessi)
  4. Advising copy of student transcript (e-mail to Nancy Alessi)
  5. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student and the proposed project (e-mail or campus mail to Nancy Alessi)

As you draft your narrative (c. 1 - 3 pp), please include the following:

1. Project Abstract:  Describe your project in 100 words or less for a general audience (this abstract may be published).

2. Project Goals: Provide a clear delineation of your specific project goals and what activities you plan to achieve those goals. Include an explanation of the relationship of your project goals to the broader goals of the SLU Mellon Environmental Initiative (for reference, see the full proposal at [URL]).

3. Expected Outcomes: Provide a specific description of your planned outcomes for the project and when you expect the outcomes to be realized. We are interested in projects that have durability beyond the scope of Mellon grant funding. Please speak to the enduring benefit of your project to the SLU community. Will the project change the community in a positive way? Please elaborate.

4. Project Learning Goals: List specific, measurable learning goals for this project. In addition, share the ways in which conducting this project fits into your larger personal and academic goals as a student at SLU.

5. Description of Relevant Project Component(s): Explain how your project addresses up to three core elements of the initiative as identified on your application form (i.e., experiential, advocacy, etc.).

6. Project Timeline: Provide a brief timeline or expected schedule for your project activities.

7. Project Benefit to the Environment: Briefly describe or list the expected short- and long-term benefit(s) to the environment your project will achieve.

8. Environmental Footprint and Rationale: Provide a rationale for any potential negative impacts your project will have on the environment (i.e., travel outside the region), and identify your plans for how you will seek to counter balance your "environmental footprint." Note that we will not fund purchase of e.g. carbon offsets.  Instead, please think about ways such as local environmental education, outreach or advocacy that might offset the negative impact of your proposed activity.

9. Plan for Dissemination: Describe how the outcome of your project will be disseminated. At a minimum, grant recipients must submit a final project report, including an expense report, to the Mellon Steering Committee within two weeks of project completion. These reports may be made publically available. We encourage other forms of dissemination in addition (e.g. public seminar about research findings, video podcast, website, class performance, etc.)

Students who receive a Mellon grant agree to the following conditions:

  1. Students will submit a final report on the project, including an expense report, to the Mellon Committee within 2 weeks of project completion.  If appropriate, students should also submit a collection of findings, dataset, work of art or etc. Students submit work with the understanding that the works may be archived by the University Library and that the products of the grant may be made publically available.
  2. Students will present the results of the project as a poster, talk, performance or other completed work during the annual Festival of Scholarship.
  3. Students agree to acknowledge the Mellon Environmental Education Initiative for Active Learning, Research and Advocacy as a funding source in all products that result from the work completed as part of the grant.