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2021 Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship


2021 Tibor T. Polgar Fellows

     Maximillian Brown                                   Royall McMahon Ward

        Beryl Kahn                                                      Emma Butzler

Not Pictured: Ashley Smith-Krudener, Luana Chociai, Nicole Steinback

VIEW THE 2021 POLGAR FELLOWSHIP FINAL REPORT PRESENTATIONS

The 2021 Polgar Fellowship Proposal Deadline has passed.

The Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program is a student research program of the Hudson River Foundation (HRF) conducted in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Named in honor of Dr. Tibor T. Polgar, a major participant in the early planning and development of the Foundation, this program provides a summer grant ($5,000 for each fellowship) and research funds (up to $1,500) for up to eight students (undergraduate and graduate) to conduct research on the Hudson River, under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

The objectives of the program are to gather important information on all aspects of the River and to enhance opportunities for students to conduct scientific studies and public policy research. A primary goal of the program is to introduce and expose students to the research process. The Foundation therefore encourages all interested students, including those with no prior research experience, to apply. Projects must be relevant to the Hudson River and Watershed and focused on topics related to the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the River, or address social, economic, or public policy issues, including issues related to environmental justice.

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, to review fellow’s draft and final reports, and to attend the orientation and final report meetings with their students. Advisors will receive a stipend of $500.

HRF will prioritize projects that broaden participation from the Hudson River’s diverse student communities, and those that facilitate interactions with research mentors historically underrepresented in the environmental sciences.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the description, merits, and feasibility of the proposed research, the endorsement and involvement of the mentor and the potential of the project to have an impact on the student and the student’s career.

HRF is committed to serving the diverse communities of the Hudson River and to facilitating an ongoing and inclusive dialogue with scientists, managers, policy makers, other stakeholders, and the general public to address the environmental and societal challenges facing the community of the Hudson River and Watershed. We seek to enhance this work by supporting researchers and students, with the unique and varied backgrounds, circumstances, needs, and perspectives that reflect the diversity of our community.

The Hudson River Foundation and the NYS DEC HRNERR awarded seven Polgar Fellowships in 2021.

Nicole Steinback , SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry: The Outreach of the Latinx Community in Order to Promote the Preservation of the Hudson River Estuary. Supervisors: Valerie A. Luzadis and Rebecca Houser

Royall McMahon Ward , Fordham University: Proposal to Explore the Possible Link of Microplastic Exchange Between the American Horseshoe Crab and the Western Hemisphere Shorebirds through Horseshoe Crab Eggs in Jamaica Bay . Supervisor: Mark Botton

Emma Butzler , Marist College: Understanding the Geologic and Economic Controls on Drain Field Effectiveness of Septic Systems in Hudson River Tributaries . Supervisor: Zion Klos

Luana Chociai , New Jersey City University: Examining the Interference of Fouling Organisms on Crassostrea virginica Reproduction and Health . Supervisor: Allison M. Fitzgerald

Maximillian Brown , Queens College, CUNY: Comparing phytoplankton assemblage responses to nitrogen form following COVID-19 stay-at-home orders from the East River to Long Island Sound . Supervisor: Dianne Greenfield

Ashley Smith-Krudener , Queens College, CUNY: Investigating the Influence of Sediment Resuspension on the Bacterial Water Quality of the Harlem River . Supervisor: Gregory O’Mullan

Beryl Kahn , Graduate Center of CUNY: Effects of Coastal Acidification on Jamaica Bay Salt Marsh Nutrient Cycling . Supervisor: Chester B. Zarnoch

Application Procedures


Applications for a Polgar Fellowship should include:

  • The HRF cover page PDF; (please use Adobe Reader or Acrobat)
  • 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 (maximum of one summer season);
  • An estimate of the cost of supplies, travel, etc. (up to $1,500);
  • A letter of support from the student’s advisor, which can be submitted separately (indicating not only the qualification of the student, but also the time and resources that the advisor is willing to commit to their project); and
  • The applicant’s résumé.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the description, merits, and feasibility of the proposed research, the endorsement and involvement of the mentor and the potential of the project to have an impact on the student and the student’s career.

Disclaimers

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, to review fellow’s final written report, and to attend the orientation and final report meetings with their students. Advisors will receive a stipend of $500.

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.





Application Submission

Polgar applications are due March 29, 2021.

Applications, in electronic PDF format, for Polgar Fellowships must be received by the Foundation by 5:00 pm, March 29, 2021. 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 March 29, 2021, must be sent to:
Polgar Fellowship Committee
Hudson River Foundation
17 Battery Place, Suite 915
New York, NY 10004.

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 212-497-1010.




Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Since 1985, the Polgar Fellowship program has produced a large body of research relevant to the Hudson River watershed, 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.

VIEW PAST POLGAR FELLOWS FINAL REPORTS