The Vesta Holt
Field Studies Merit Project Award

Priority of Consideration:

  • To attend a field station or participate in a summer field experience of the applicant's choice, for credit.
  • To conduct field research by regular session students enrolled in Special Problems (BIOL 399), Independent Study (BIOL 697), Master's These (BIOL 699T), or other courses with a significant independent field work component.
  • Any California State University , Chico student may apply.

(Any California State University, Chico student may apply.)

Application: Application forms may be downloaded by CLICKING HERE or may be picked up in the Department of Biological Sciences Office. (Holt 205).

  • Complete form due by March 1 to the department office.
  • Ask three individuals familiar with your abilities and work habits to write letters of recommendation.
  • Have these individuals submit their letters to the Department office. If this application is for a BIOL 399, 697, or 699T course, one of your letters should be from a professor supervising your project.
  • A short grant proposal describing the project background, question(s), and methodology, along with a detailed budget, must accompany your application.


  • Awards will be announced in early May.
  • The amounts awarded will vary, depending upon the project and the availability of funds.

Award Selection Committee:

  • Omicron Advisor(s)
  • A Biology faculty member chosen by the Omicron Executive Committee.
  • Omicron President and another Officer chosen by the Omicron Executive Committee.

(No Award applicant shall sit on the Award Selection Committee.)