The Walbridge Fund Graduate Award provides research funding to one or more Princeton University graduate students pursuing innovative research on energy, climate change science, modeling, and policy, or closely related topics.
Projects hailing from a broad range of disciplines are eligible for consideration including climate science, engineering, and environmental policy.
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 2-3 awards in amounts up to $10,000 will be available for dissertation support. Funds may be used for a range of purposes, including fieldwork support, travel, conference participation, the purchase of equipment, and costs associated with data analysis and facilities use. The funds cannot be used for tuition support or indirect costs. Awards are for one year (period from 6/1/2018 to 8/31/2019) and are nonrenewable.
To be eligible, applicants must be regular, full-time Ph.D. candidates (post generals) at Princeton University. Students in DCE are not eligible to apply.
Applications should include the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Princeton Environmental Institute
Walbridge Fund, Selection Committee
c/o Angela Petsis
127 Guyot Hall
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 08544
A committee of Princeton faculty will conduct a formal review and selection process, with conflicts of interest taken into account. The award(s) will be selected based on the quality of the proposed research, strength of faculty letters of recommendation, proven student accomplishments (peer-reviewed publications and awards), and financial need for independent research.
|Year||Recipient||Dept.||Adviser||Ph.D. Thesis Title|
|2017||Yifeng Chen||ELE||Gerard Wysocki||Remote Natural Gas Emission Detection Using Novel Balanced Heterodyne-Enhanced Chirped Laser Dispersion Spectroscopy|
|2017||Vinicius de Aguiar Furuie||ANT||João Biehl||
Assessing Climate Change Impact on an Amazonian River Economy
|2017||Bryan Kudisch||CHM||Gregory Scholes||Ultrafast Spectroscopy at 25 Tesla Disentagles Coherent Electron Transfer in P3HT:PCBM Nanoparticles|
|2017||Kaia Tombak||EEB||Daniel Rubenstein||Parasite Exposure Dynamics and their Impacts on Zebra Populations in a Landscape with Changing Water Distribution|
|2017||Evan Zhao||CBE||José Avalos||Optogenetic Regulation for Metabolic Engineering|
|2016||Cara Brook||EEB||Andrew Dobson||Climate Change, Seasonal Resource Scarcity and Emerging Fruit Bat Zoonoses in Madagascar|
|2016||Victor Charpentier||WWS||Sigrid Adriaenssens||Manufacturing support for "Adaptive Building Skin to Enhance Interior of Buildings"|
|2016||Jennifer Kasbohm||GEO||Blair Schoene||Testing Climate Sensitivity to Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: A Case Study from the Miocene|
|2016||Anna Trugman||AOS||David Medvigy||Assessing Forest Growth, Resilience and Carbon Accumulation in the North American Boreal Forest: Integrating Remote Sensing and Field Measurements with Models|
|2016||Yuzhen Yan||GEO||Michael Bender||Window into the World with 40,000-Year Glacial Cycles from Climate Records in Million Year-Old Ice from Blue Ice Areas in Antarctica|
|2015||Rachel Baker||WWS||Michael Oppenheimer||Climate Change, Employment and Migration: What Can We Learn from Historic Climate Variations?|
|2015||Cleo Chou||EEB||Stephen Pacala and Lars Hedin||
Plant Allocation and Mechanisms of Tropical Forest Nutrient Limitation
|2015||Qixing Ji||GEO||Bess Ward||Nitrous Oxide Production in Marine Environments using Stable Isotope Approach|
|2015||Tim Treuer||EEB||David Wilcove||
Sequestering Carbon with Orange Peels and Birds: Patterns and Processes in the World's Largest Tropical Forest Restoration Project
|2014||Stephanie Debats||CEE||Kelly Caylor||Understanding smallholder Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa Under Climate Change and Population Growth|
|2014||Phillip Hannam||WWS||Robert Socolow, Michael Oppenheimer, Robert Keohane||"Race to the Bottom" in Global Energy Development? The Case of China's Emergence in the Developing World|
|2014||Lisa McManus||EEB||Simon Levin||Investigating the Effects of Climate Change on Larval Dispersal and the Persistence of Coral populations|
|2014||Igor Rubinov||ANT||João Biehl||Unested Waters: Developing Climate Resilience in Tajkistan|
|2014||Eric Zhang||ELE||Gerard Wysocki||Nitric Oxide Isotopic Ratiometery for Hitrogen Cycle Studies|
|2013||Michael Campanell||PPL||Igor Kaganovich||Simulation of Plasma-Surface Interaction with Secondary Emissions in a Grazing Magnetic Field for Fusion Energy Applications|
|2013||Paul Elsen||EEB||David Wilcove||Improving Climate-based Species Distribution Models by Incorporating Competition and Habitat Variables|
|2013||Molly Schumer||EEB||Peter Andolfatto||An Investigation of the Role of Hybridization, Habitat Disruption, and Climate Change in the Survival of the Freshwater Fish, Xiphophorus malinche|
|2013||Travis Shaw||CHM||Andrew Bocarsly||Sonoelectrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide for the Direct Synthesis of Multi-Carbon Products|
|2012||Minghui Diao||CEE||Mark Zondlo||Ice Supersaturation and Cirrus Cloud Formation by Global In-Situ Aircraft Observations and Relationships with Anthropogenic Emissions|
|2012||Kaiyu Guan||CEE||Eric Wood||Scaling Up Plant Water Stress of an African Savanna Ecosystem Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Based Sensing|
|2012||Annette Trierweiler||EEB||Lars Hedin||The Response of Tropical Nitrogen-Fixing Trees to Phosphorus and Molybdenum Limitations, Nitrogen Deposition at Pre-Industrial, Present Day, and Elevated Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Levels|
|2011||Matthew Aardema||EEB||Peter Andolfatto||The Influence of Climate on Patterns of Gene Flow between Ecologically Divergent Populations|
|2011||Josephine Anastasia Elia||CBE||Christodoulos Floudas||Discovery and Operation of Hybrid Coal, Biomass, and Natural Gas to Liquid Energy Processes: Optimization Frameworks for Strategic Planning Under Uncertainty|
|2011||Matthis Paul Hain||GEO||Daniel Sigman||Carbon Cycle Analysis|
|2010||Kevin Loutherback||EE||James Sturm||Reducing the Cost of Biofuel Algae with High Throughput Microfluidic Separations|
|Effect of Ocean Acidification on Iron Availability and Requirements in Marine Phytoplankton|
|2010||Ann Carla Staver||EEB||Simon Levin||Temporal Dynamics of Savanna-Forest Transitions Along the Kalahari Transect|
|2009||Trenton Franz||CEE||Kelly Caylor||Quantifying Soil Moisture Patterns at the Spatial Scale of Hillslopes in the Central Kenya Highlands|
— Paul Elsen