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Endowment Programs

The Stengl-Wyer Endowment supports the biological field stations, the Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars program, and related efforts in the College of Natural Sciences to advance the study of the diversity of life and interactions between organisms and their natural environments.

Initiatives

With guidance from our committee of faculty scientists, and harnessing competitive review processes so that the endowment advances the most worthy activities, the college will embark on these initiatives:

  1. The Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program
  2. Support for research-driven enhancements of the college’s biological field stations, especially the Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station
  3. Support for research-driven enhancements of the college’s natural sciences collections, including the Biodiversity Collections
  4. Research grants to faculty for high-impact research projects (may include grad student stipends)
  5. Innovative models for support of graduate students to study the diversity of life and interactions between organisms and their natural environments
  6. Support for undergraduate summer research summer fellowships and streams within the Freshman Research Initiative

The Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars program has already been launched, and will recruit three Scholars in its inaugural year, reaching a steady-state of nine Scholars by year 3.

Tenure track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, and those with active Principal Investigator status are eligible to apply for initiatives 2-6 above each year.

Spring 2020 Stengl-Wyer Endowment Program Awardees

Research-driven enhancements of field stations

Keitt, Timothy

Integration of Machine Learning and Remote Sensing for Improved Understanding of Environmental Change in Central Texas

Research-driven enhancements of collections

Hendrickson, Dean

Enhancing UT Collections and Using Modern Analytical Methods for Novel Insights into Texas’ Understudied, Megadiverse and Socioeconomically Important Edwards Aquifer

Jansen, Bob

Maintaining Excellence of Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center

Undergraduate research support

Kemp, Melissa

InSTInCT: Inclusive Student Training in Collection and Field-Based Topics

Research grants

Barrick, Jeffrey

Brochosome Biodiversity: Collecting Texas Leafhoppers to Understand the Evolution of Unique Insect Nanostructures

Esbaugh, Andrew

Beating the Heat: A Framework to Understand the Mechanisms and Trade-Offs of Climate Change Tolerance in Teleost Fishes.

Hofmann, Hans

Leveraging Biodiversity to Understand Social Dominance across Vertebrates

Young, Rebecca

Diversification of Vertebrate Embryogenesis through the Developmental Hourglass

Zakon, Harold

Sequencing the Genomes of Two Electric Fish