Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research

Applications for the Year 2017 Haferkamp Memorial Award are no longer being accepted. The application period ended noon Central Time on Friday, March 10, 2017.


The Award

The Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research allows a promising undergraduate neuroscientist to pursue research at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology during the summer. A $3,000 disbursement will be made to the successful applicant’s University account at the end of the spring semester. A progress report, not to exceed one (1) page in length, must be completed at the midpoint of the summer and a final report, not to exceed two (2) pages in length, must be completed at the end of the summer. The successful applicant is expected to be engaged full-time in their research project at the Beckman Institute over the summer.

For summer 2017, one $3,000 award will be awarded. The purpose of the $3,000 award is to pay for housing and/or other living expenses so that the selected student can remain on campus during the summer to conduct research in Beckman Institute laboratories. The recipient shall be a United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Recipient shall be United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  2. Recipient’s research topic must be in the field of neuroscience.
  3. Recipient shall be an undergraduate in good standing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  4. Recipient must be enrolled for the spring 2017 semester.
  5. Recipient must have already been working in a laboratory at the Beckman Institute for at least one (1) semester prior to the summer 2017 semester.
  6. Applications must be received by noon noon Central Time on Friday, March 10, 2017. All the application materials (CV, proposal, and letter of support) must be submitted by noon Central Time on the application closing date.

Application Steps

(1) Fill Out Application Form

Applicants must fill out the online application form (NetID and password are required). The form also allows for the electronic submission of your supporting documents: (Curriculum Vitae and Research Plan/Personal Statement).

(2) Curriculum Vitae

A current curriculum vitae must be submitted as an Adobe PDF file using the upload form mentioned above.

(3) Research Plan/Personal Statement

A description of proposed research project to be pursued. This section should not exceed three single spaced pages, excluding references. The research plan must be submitted as an Adobe PDF file using the upload form mentioned above. A statement must be included in either the letter from the faculty member or the research proposal that indicates the specific role that the student will play in the research. The successful proposal will be understandable to a broad audience.

(4) Letter from Beckman Faculty Member

The application must also include a letter from a Beckman Institute faculty member indicating his or her willingness to sponsor the student for the summer at the Beckman Institute. The letter needs to be submitted as Adobe PDF file, via e-mail to awards@beckman.illinois.edu. A statement must be included in either the letter from the faculty member or the research proposal that indicates the specific role that the student will play in the research.

All materials must be received by noon Central Time on Friday, March 10, 2017. If you have any questions, please e-mail awards@beckman.illinois.edu.


About Erik Haferkamp

Photo of Erik Haferkamp as he stands outside. Erik was a promising undergraduate researcher who joined Justin Rhodes’ laboratory at the Beckman Institute as a research assistant in spring 2007. He proved to be an outstanding student who dedicated a significant amount of his time to the lab from 2007 until his death in 2010. During the summer of 2009, Erik worked full-time in the lab as a student hourly which proved to be critical to his research progress. That fall, he worked as a paid research assistant. Erik quickly became competent at many of the technical procedures in the lab, including maintaining the mouse colonies, carrying out mouse behavior experiments, conducting immunohistochemistry on brain sections, microscopy, and image analysis. Erik was also responsible for the maintenance of the Rhodes lab’s web site and the database for managing the lab’s grants and expenditures. Erik was involved with all the projects in the lab, but he made especially important contributions to a project funded by a start up pharmaceutical company to test novel compounds for efficacy in excessive alcohol intake using a preclinical mouse model. He also made substantial contributions collecting data for a study examining the effects of exercise on the growth of new nerve cells in the brain, for which he earned co-authorship on a paper in Behavioral Brain Research.

Learn more about Erik and the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Fund

Recipients

  • 2016: Kimberly Sam
  • 2015: Madison Barker
  • 2014: Victoria Cross
  • 2013: Ashley Holloway
  • 2012: Stephen Fleming
  • 2011: Shi Chen

For questions, please contact awards@beckman.illinois.edu.