Michael Lefor PhD Grant

Congratulations to Rachel Perry who is the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Michael Lefor Wetland Science Research Grant for her work on Bioavailabilty of Organic Nitrogen Entering Small, Shallow Embayments.


CAWS has sponsored a grant program dedicated to the memory of Dr. Lefor since 2001. Dr. Lefor was committed to furthering the understanding of wetland science. Dr. Michael Lefor was a founding member of CAWS and Chairman of the Education/Science Committee.

Grant Objective

CAWS is seeking to provide support for research conducted by a qualified undergraduate or graduate student from an accredited college or university in Connecticut. Research topics can include wetland or aquatic ecology, wetland or aquatic invasive species, stream or river ecology, fluvial geomorphology, limnology, watershed studies, or wetland law or policy. The student need not be a member of CAWS to apply.

Use of Grant

The grant amount is $1,000. The grant is intended to aid, not provide sole support of research expenditures. CAWS encourages applicants to seek other sources of funding to share project costs. Funds provided by this grant may be used for: purchase of materials and equipment, travel expenses, publication and printing expenses, funding of field assistants, etc.

Awarding of Grants

The CAWS Selection Committee will award the grant on the basis of:

  1. Scientific merit
  2. Research objective
  3. Originality of proposal
  4. Usefulness of proposed research
  5. Qualification of the applicant
  6. Explanation of project budget

Application Procedure

Please visit this page in the fall when the 2015 Application form will be available..

Submit only the following:

  • Application form (type or print neatly)
  • One-page project summary (limit to 400 words) that includes title, project objective, proposed start and finish dates, what benefits will result from the project, and how the results will be shared.
  • One-page budget summary
  • Resume of the applicant, including three references
The 2015 application form will be available late fall and will be due in mid February 2015.