Michael Lefor PhD Grant

Congratulations to Michael Hutson from UCONN's Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Michael is the 2016 winner of the Michael Lefor PhD Grant for his research "Can Picky Larval Salamanders Maintain the Diversity of their Wetland Communities?"

We wish Michael the best on his research and look forward to seeing the results at next year's meeting.



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

Visit this site towards the end of 2016 to obtain a copy of next year's application form.