PRC Research Grants


A primary objective of the PRC is to provide financial and advisory support to students who are conducting field-based research on the Precambrian geology of the Lake Superior region.

Each spring, the PRC will make funds available to undergraduate and graduate students, who are currently enrolled in an accredited geology program, to help pay the costs related to such field studies. Grants will typically range between $500 and $1000. The total amount of funds available each year will depend on the annual level of Corporate and Individual Membership contributions to the PRC.

Due to insufficient funds, PRC Research Grants are unavailable for 2015

Research Activities Eligible for a PRC Research Grant
PRC grants are mainly intended to support field studies of Precambrian geology. As such, activities and supplies that may be funded by a PRC Research Grant include:
- lodging and meal costs during field mapping or core logging*(meal per diem - $25/day)
- lodging and meal costs for a field assistant, when necessary
- transportation costs to and from the field area ($0.25/mile)
- purchase of field maps, mapping supplies, and basic field equipment (hammer, chisel, notebook, handlens, sample bags, first aid kit...)
- cost of thin sections (using a PRC-approved vendor)

*Core logging is commonly an integral component of many "field studies" of Precambrian rocks in the glaciated Canadian Shield and is therefore considered eligible for PRC-RG funding

Activities and supplies that are not eligible for funding include:
- purchase of a GPS unit, Bruton compass, digital camera, two-way radios, or other field equipment that costs in excess of $50; However, these types of items may be borrowed from the PRC.
- cost of geochemical analyses

Applying for a PRC Research Grant
To apply for a PRC grant, download and complete a:

PRC Research Grant Application (pdf, Word)

This application will request information on your academic record, your research proposal, and a research budget. Send the completed application by regular mail or Email to:

Dr. Jim Miller
Precambrian Research Center
Department of Geological Sciences at UMD
229 Heller Hall, 1114 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812


Application Deadline
Grant applications must be recieved by March 30 of each year. Awards will be announced by mid-April.

Reporting Requirements
Grant recipients will be promptly reimbursed for their expenses upon submission of a:

PRC-RG Expense Reimbursement Form (pdf,Word)

Students will be expected to attach reciepts to this form documenting their purchases and provide a brief summary of their field activites. In the case of thin section prepartion, the approved vendor will directly bill the PRC.

Grant recipients will also be asked to submit an electronic or hard copy of any maps, reports, or articles produced from the PRC-funded research project, published or unpublished. These include senior theses, graduate dissertations, journal articles, and geologic maps.

For more information about PRC research grants:

Contact: Dr. Jim Miller, PRC director
Office Phone: 218-720-4350 (NRRI), 218-726-6582 (UMD)

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