Research Grants

Steve Norwick in the field

Steve Norwick Memorial Research Grant

Dr. Steve Norwick loved inquiry and discovery. His life was devoted to engaging students in field endeavors in geology, philosophy, art and music, and he set hundreds of students on career paths in ecology, environmental sciences, urban planning and teaching. Many first came to the Fairfield Osborn Preserve on one of Steve's many field trips.

The Steve Norwick Memorial Fund was established by Steve’s family and friends to continue to share his love of field investigation with future generations of students. Annual grants provide support for students conducting field research at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. The program encourages study of local environments as part of educational experiences in a diversity of disciplines at SSU, and develops students’ ability to think logically, write clearly, marshal evidence, and work in teams.

Please consider a donation to support this program at: Steve Norwick Memorial Research Fund.


Who Can Apply - Faculty mentors interested in engaging undergraduates in field research experiences at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve.

Grant Details -

  • Five $1,000 awards are available each year.
  • Funds must be used to engage students in a project with a field component at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve.
  • Funds are awarded to faculty to administer and must be used exclusively for project-related expenses incurred by the student in the course of the work, typically consumables, small items of equipment, and sometimes travel to the Preserve or a research conference to present results and findings. Funds cannot be used for salary or student stipends.
  • Students must be enrolled at SSU while conducting their research. In the case of summer research, enrollment during the preceding spring quarter/semester is acceptable.
  • Prior recipients are eligible for additional funding if a brief progress report is included.

Schedule - Announcements are issued at the beginning of the Fall semester in coordination with the Provost Undergraduate Research Fund

Additional Information - Please contact Preserves Director Claudia Luke.


WATERS Collaborative Research Grants

WATERS is a collaborative endeavor between Sonoma State University faculty and Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) to undertake projects that enhance watershed management and academic training of students. Projects are generally focused on drainages in the Laguna de Santa Rosa basin, including Copeland Creek which runs through the Fairfield Osborn Preserve and SSU campus. WATERS funding from the Sonoma County Water Agency is available to support student research and course development.

Who Can Apply - SSU faculty and staff interested in engaging undergraduates and graduate students in field research experiences that target watershed management challenges.

Grant Details - Funds for student research and course development must be used to develop activities that engage students in collecting and summarizing data. Service-learning projects are encouraged. All awardees must present a research poster summarizing their results at the SSU Science Symposium held at the end of the Spring semester.

  • Student Research - $4,500 is available each semester to support service-learning classes and independent research. Funding availability is announced at the beginning of each semester at the WATERS Projects meeting. Faculty and staff submit requests for funding in writing to the WATERS Coordinator.
  • Course Development - Two $1,500 awards are available each year to support faculty interested in developing watershed-related service-learning projects in their courses. Announcements are made in collaboration with the Sustainability Executive Committee as part of the "Sustainability in the Classroom RFP.

Additional Information - Please contact WATERS Coordinator/Preserves Director Claudia Luke