2017 Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship
research proposals.

Proposal deadline: Monday, February 13, 2017


The Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program is a student research program conducted through the Hudson River Foundation 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 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.

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or accepted into a graduate program for the following fall. Both undergraduate and early career graduate students may apply. Projects must be designed to be completed during one summer season.

Over the past 31 years, the Polgar Fellowship program has produced a large body of research relevant to 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 the orientation and final report meetings 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, Monday, February 13, 2017. 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 Monday, February 13, 2017, 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.

Successful applicants will be notified of their fellowship awards by late April 2017.

2013 Tibor T. Polgar Fellowships

The Hudson River Foundation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation awarded eight Polgar Fellowships in 2013.

  • The Distribution of Larval Lamprey and their Potential Diet Overlap with Mayflies in the Hudson River, Thomas M. Evans, State University of New York
  • Sea-Level Rise and Sediment: Recent Salt Marsh Accretion in the Hudson River Estuary, Troy Hill, Yale University
  • Invasion of Celastrus orbiculatus into Protected Riparian Habitat, Schodack, Island State Park, Shabana Hoosein, University at Albany
  • Microbial Agents of Concern in Water and Air of the Hudson River Estuary Waterfront, Sherif Kamal, Columbia University
  • Reconstructing Hudson River Sedimentary Signals, Kyle Monahan, Clarkson University
  • Nutrient Pollution in Hudson River Marshes: Effects on Greenhouse Gas Emission and Habitat, Angel Montero, Queens College, CUNY
  • Occurrence and Ecological Effects of Amphetamine Stimulants in Wastewater Effluent, Alexis Paspalof, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Oxygen Tolerance in the Invertebrates Associated with Water-Chestnut Beds (Trapa natans L.) in the Hudson River, Mariana Carolina Teixeira, University of Estadual de Maringa

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, 2012 - David Yozzo, Sarah Fernald, and Helena Andreyko, editors
  1. Recruitment of Oysters within the Hudson River Estuary - Ryan Carthan and Jeffrey S. Levinton
  2. The Impacts of the Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) on the Feeding Ecology of Early Life Stage Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) - Grace A. Casselberry and Eric T. Schultz
  3. Field and Laboratory Investigations on the Effects of Salinity on Decomposition Dynamics among the Hudson River’s Freshwater Tidal Wetlands - Craig T. Connolly, Stuart E.G. Findlay, and William V. Sobczak
  4. Temperature as a Driver of a Size-Structure Shift in Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in the Hudson River - Jessica A. Gephart, Michael Pace, and David Strayer
  5. Who Controls Whom? Linking Predator-Prey Dynamics Between Mud Crabs and Juvenile Oysters to Restoration Efforts in the New York Metropolitan Region - Rebecca E. Kulp and Bradley J. Peterson
  6. Fish Parasites in the Hudson River Estuary’s Littoral Habitats: A Prelude to Restoration - Emily C. Ogburn, Karin E. Limburg, and Christopher M. Whipps
  7. Investigation of Estuarine Sediment as a Reservoir for Sewage Associated Bacteria - Erin Schneider and Gregory D. O’Mullan
  8. Developing a Nonlethal Field Method for Determining Lipid Content of American Eels (Anguilla rostrata) - Sean O. I. Swift, Robert E. Schmidt, and David R. Myers
    Final Reports of the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship Program, 2011 - David Yozzo, Sarah Fernald, and Helena Andreyko, editors
  1. Tracing Combined Sewage Overflow Discharge with Quaternary Ammonium Compound - Patrick Fitzgerald and Bruce Brownawell
  2. Genotyping Historic Atlantic Tomcod Samples to Determine the Timeline of Onset of PCB Resistance - Carrie Greenfield and Isaac Wirgin
  3. Prevalence and Characterization of Cardiac Pathology Induced by the Parasitic Nematode Philometra saltatrix in Juvenile Bluefish of the Hudson River Estuary - Sarah Koske and Francis Juanes
  4. Assessment of Temporal and Geographic Population Structuring of Phragmites australis Along the Hudson River Using Microsatellite DNA Markers - Daniel Lipus, Joseph Stabile and Isaac Wirgin
  5. Pilot Study for Laser Ablation and Stable Isotope Analysis of Feathers, Eggshells, and Prey of Great Blue Herons Sampled Across an Urbanization Gradient in the Mid-Hudson River Valley - Jill Mandel and Karin Limburg
  6. Diet of American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) Elvers in a Hudson River Tributary - Leah Pitman and Robert Schmidt
  7. The Effects of Salinity Intrusion on the Biogeochemistry of Hudson River Tidal Freshwater Wetlands - Robert Osborne, Stuart Findlay and Melody Bernot
    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
    View older reports