2014 Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship
research proposals.

Proposal deadline: Tuesday, February 18, 2014


The Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program is a research program conducted in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Named in honor of the late Dr. Tibor T. Polgar, a major contributor to the early development of the Foundation, this program provides a summertime grant ($3,800 for each fellowship) and research funds up to $1,000 for eight college students (both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible) to conduct research on the Hudson River. The objectives of the program are to gather important information on all aspects of the River and to train students in conducting scientific studies and public policy research.

Over the past 29 years, the Polgar Fellowship program has produced a large body of research in the Hudson River, with a concentration on the four marshes of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (Stockport Flats, the Tivoli Bays, Iona Island Marsh, and Piermont Marsh), compiled in the annual Polgar Fellowship reports published by the Foundation. Anyone interested in obtaining this material in order to plan projects building on the work of previous Polgar fellowships or in discussing potential research topics should contact the Foundation.

Because of the training and educational aspects of this program, each potential fellow must be sponsored by a primary advisor. The advisor must be willing to commit sufficient time for supervision of the research and to attend two meetings (orientation and final reports) with their students. Advisors will receive a stipend of $500.

Application Procedures:

Applications for a Polgar Fellowship should include:

  • A letter of interest in the program;
  • A short description (4-6 pages) of the research project, including a statement of its significance;
  • A timetable for completion of the research;
  • An estimate of the cost of supplies, travel, etc.;
  • A letter of support from the student's advisor; and
  • The applicant's curriculum vitae.

Applications, in electronic PDF format, for Polgar Fellowships must be received by the Foundation by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The electronic copy of the application should be sent in one PDF file to info@hudsonriver.org. with the subject heading "Polgar Proposal Submittal." One original copy, postmarked no later than Tuesday, February 18, 2014, must be sent to:

Polgar Fellowship Committee
Hudson River Foundation
17 Battery Place, Suite 915
New York, NY 10004.

Letters of support may be submitted separately.

If you have questions, or if you wish to discuss research ideas or to acquire copies of previous Polgar Fellowship Program annual reports, contact Helena Andreyko at 212-483-7667.

Successul applicants will be notified of their fellowship awards by late April 2014.

2011 Tibor T. Polgar Fellowships

The Hudson River Foundation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation awarded seven Polgar Fellowships in 2011.

  • Use of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds as Tracers for Sewage in the Hudson River Estuary, Patrick Fitzgerald, Stony Brook University
  • Resistance to PCB-induced Early Life Stage Toxicities in Atlantic Tomcod, Carrie E. Greenfield, New York University
  • Prevalence and Characterization of Cardiac Pathology Induced by the Parasitic Nematode Philometra saltatrix in Juvenile Bluefish of the Hudson River Estuary, Sarah E. Koske, University of Wisconsin
  • Assessment of Temporal and Geographic Population Structuring of Phragmites australis along the Hudson River using Microsatellite DNA Markers, Daniel Lipus, Iona College
  • Wastewater Pollution and Predatory Birds in the Hudson River Estuary, Jill K. Mandel, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • The Effects of Salinity Intrusion on the Biogeochemistry of Hudson River Tidal Freshwater Wetlands, Robert Osborne, Indiana University
  • Diet of Newly Settled American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) in a Hudson River Tributary, Leah Pitman, Eckerd College

Past Tibor T. Polgar Fellowships

Recent past reports of the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program are listed below, while older reports are found here. Download the entire report or particular sections as PDF files.

    Final Reports of the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship Program, 2010 - David Yozzo, Sarah Fernald, and Helena Andreyko, editors
  1. Land Trusts and Conservation Easements along the Hudson: How Feasible Is Perpetuity? - Nikki Koenig Nielson and Keith H. Hirokawa
  2. Stable Isotope Analysis in the Hudson River Marshes – Implications for Human Impact, Climate Change, and Trophic Activity - Thien Khoi V. Nguyen and Dorothy M. Peteet
  3. Quantification and Identification of Antibiotic Resistant Microbes in the Hudson River and Flushing Bay - Suzanne Young and Gregory O'Mullan
  4. Invasive-Species Removals and Nitrogen-Removal Ecosystem Services in Freshwater Tidal Marshes - Mary Katherine Alldred and Stephen B. Baines
  5. The Effects of an Urbanized Estuary on the Physiology and Metal Storage of the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica - Allison S. Mass and William Wallace
  6. Impact of Silver Nanoparticle Exposure on Crayfish (Orconectes virilis) Growth, Chemistry and Physiology in Controlled Laboratory Experiment and Hudson River Ecosystem - Allen Clayton and Zofia Gagnon
  7. Quantifying Larval Fish Habitat in Shoreline and Shallow Waters of the Tidal Hudson River - Claire E. Stouthamer and Mark B. Bain
  8. Using Stable Isotopes to Examine Foraging Ecology of New York Harbor Colonial Waterbirds - Elizabeth C. Craig, Paul D. Curtis and Susan B. Elbin
    Final Reports of the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship Program, 2009 - David Yozzo, Sarah Fernald, and Helena Andreyko, editors
  1. A Feasibility Study of the Population Structure and Habitat Usage of Winter Flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) in the Hudson River Estuary Investigated Through Otolith Microchemistry - George Jackman, John Waldman and Karin Limburg
  2. Macrofossil Evidence for Middle to Late Holocene Vegetation Shifts at Iona Island Marsh, Hudson Valley, NY - Cleo Chou and Dorothy Peteet
  3. Intensive Rotational Grazing of Romney Sheep as a Control for the Spread of Persicaria perfoliata - Caroline Girard and Gary Kleppel
  4. The Ecology of Wrack: Decomposition and Use by Invertebrates on Natural and Engineered Shorlines of the Hudson River - Cornelia Harris and David Strayer
  5. Demographic Analysis of the Jamaica Bay Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) Population: Implications for Survival in an Urban Habitat - Alexandra Kanonik and Russell Burke
  6. Evaluating Nest Protectors for Turtle Conservation - Shahriar Rahman and Russell Burke
  7. A Native Species, the American Eel (Anguilla rostrata), as a Biological Control for an Invasive Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus in Tributaries to the Hudson River, NY - Sarah Mount, Catherine O’Reilly and David Strayer
    Final Reports of the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship Program, 2008 - David Yozzo, Sarah Fernald, and Helena Andreyko, editors
  1. Evidence for a Tsunami Generated by an Impact Event in the New York Metropolitan Area Approximately 2300 Years Ago - Katherine Cagen and Dallas Helen Abbott
  2. Gastropods of the Hudson River Shoreline: Subtidal, Intertidal, and Upland Communities - Thomas W. Coote and David Strayer
  3. Capturing the Nutrient Overenrichment-Eutrophication-Hypoxia Cycle at Newton Creek - M. Elias Dueker and Gregory O’Mullan
  4. Feeding Habits and the Effects of Prey Morphology on Pellet Production in Double-crested Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus auritus - Colin Grubel and John Waldman
  5. Genetic, Morphological and Ecological Relationships Among Hudson Valley and a Massachusetts Population of the Clam Shrimp, Caenestheriella gynecia – Jonelle Orridge, John Waldman, and Robert Schmidt
  6. Did the Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) Alter the Thermal Balance of the Hudson River? - David Seekell and Michael L. Pace
  7. Cohort Structure, Growth, and Energy Dynamics of Juvenile Bluefish in the Hudson River Estuary - David G. Stormer and Francis Juanes
  8. Effects of Surface Roughness on Ecological Function: Implications for Engineered Structures in the Hudson River Shore Zone - Amy M. Villamagna, David Strayer, and Stuart Findlay