Senior Scientist Mentor Program

Application Deadline: November 11, 2010
Announcement:
January 2011

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation supports emeritus faculty who maintain active research programs with undergraduates in the chemical sciences. The Senior Scientist Mentor Program provides an award of $20,000 over two years for undergraduate stipends and modest research support.

Eligibility
The Senior Scientist Mentor Program is open to all academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor's degree or higher in the chemical sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. Faculty with emeritus status on or before January 2011, and who maintain active research programs in the chemical sciences, may apply to the program.

Selection
Successful applicants are expected to be closely engaged in a mentoring relationship with undergraduate students. The evaluation will be based on both an assessment of the research proposed and the plans for undergraduate participation in the research. An applicant's history of mentoring undergraduates is favorably viewed. 2008 Senior Scientist Mentors.

Budget
The Senior Scientist Mentor Program provides a $20,000 award over two years, intended mostly for undergraduate stipends. Modest research support is also allowed. Funds are normally expended over a period of three years after notification of an award. Charges associated with indirect costs or institutional overhead are not allowed. Faculty salary and any expenses associated with graduate students are not permitted. Foundation approval is required for significant budgetary changes. If the awardee leaves the institution, the transfer of the remaining funds requires prior Foundation approval.

Application Procedure
More than one application per department or institution is permitted. All application materials and letters of support must be received at the Foundation office by November 11, 2010. Applications recommended for approval are presented to the Foundation's Board of Directors in time for award announcements by the end of January 2011.

Required Information:
Application package: The original application and five additional copies should be printed single-sided, on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, using 12-point font size, and assembled as:

1. The online application form
2. In no more than four pages total, applicants should describe:

a. the specific projects or project types in which the undergraduates will participate
b. ongoing research with undergraduates
c. how they will interact with and mentor the undergraduates

3. A CV (limited to five pages) including a list of up to 15 relevant publications in which contributions by undergraduate coauthors are clearly identified
4. A letter from an institutional representative highlighting the applicant's achievements with undergraduates and confirming that the institutional facilities required for the proposed research are available

Please fasten each copy of the application with one binder clip. The use of staples, paper clips, folders, colored paper or bond paper is discouraged.

Letter of support: A letter of support must be sent directly to the Foundation from a colleague, preferably from outside the institution, who is familiar with the applicant's research and teaching and who can speak to the applicant's experience in mentoring and advising undergraduates. The letter of support cannot be accepted via electronic mail or facsimile, and should not be included in the application package. The letter of support should be printed single-sided, on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, and use a 12-point font size.

All application materials should be sent to:

Dr. Mark Cardillo, Executive Director
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-3301

Because of the volume of mail received near the program deadline, the Foundation requests that you use a delivery service that provides proof of delivery.

Reports
The second payment of $10,000 will be sent upon request, after completion of the first year. The request should be accompanied or preceded by a financial report and a concise progress report from the award recipient.

A final report is due at the end of the second year. The final report should be concise, printed single-sided, on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, using 12-point font size, and contain the following sections:

1. Highlights of research accomplishments during the award period
2. Future plans for the undergraduate researcher(s)
3. Categorical financial report (click here for categories)
4. An optional statement of newsworthy stories concerning the student(s) and/or the Mentor during the period of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Senior Scientist Mentor Award

Submit the report by first-class mail to:

Dr. Mark Cardillo, Executive Director
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-3301

Additional Information
1. Publications and presentations describing work supported by the award should acknowledge the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Senior Scientist Mentor Program.
2. The award recipient is designated a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Senior Scientist Mentor.
3. Procedural questions may be directed to the Foundation office by telephone at 212-753-1760 or e-mail at programs@dreyfus.org.