Michael Lefor PhD Grant

Congratulations to Daniel Wright of UCONN.  Daniel was the recipient of the 2019 Michael Lefor Grant for his work on the Response of insectivorous bats to habitat manipulations within wetlands.


Please check back with us in the fall when we start the application process for next year's grant.



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

To apply, CLICK HERE to obtain a copy of the form in Adobe .pdf format.

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

Applications must be emailed by February 14, 2019 to wetlands@ctwetlands.org. Applicants will be notified by the Selection Committee by February 22, 2019, and the successful recipient’s name and project will be announced at the CAWS annual meeting on March 14, 2019.

The recipient will be asked to submit a project report and expenditure summary at the completion of the project.  The recipient will also be asked to present the project at the next Annual CAWS Meeting.  If the recipient is not available to present the project at the next meeting, he or she must notify the current CAWS President at least three months prior to the next meeting.

Send the application either by email to: