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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

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2010 Request for Student Independent Research Paper

The Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS) seeks to create an interdisciplinary program of research, education, and outreach to identify and address potential threats to the sustainable development of living standards. These standards are interpreted broadly to encompass all factors affecting quality of life, including the continued availability of environmental resources.

The Shell Center for Sustainability calls for Rice University student independent research papers in the area of sustainable development.

A. Focus Areas

The SCS is seeking Rice University student research papers that address concerns about a sustainable future. The papers might concentrate in any of the following six areas or their combination:

1. The supply and efficient use of energy

2. Air quality

3. Water quality

4. Biodiversity-forestry

5. Urban sustainability, including such issues as congestion, social cohesion, flooding, subsidence, and access to green space

6. Climate change

As indicated in Section D (below), the process asks the student to submit a 2 to 5-page paper to the Shell Center’s Operating Committee. The Operating Committee, after reviewing the papers will select the best paper for the academic year.

B. Criteria and Priorities

Single papers or team papers are acceptable. Papers can include multidisciplinary participants from Rice University.
 
Priority will be given to papers that address one or more of the following priorities:

1. Expand our knowledge about the threats to sustainability arising in one or more of the six areas listed above.

2. Address how public policies can influence private sector decisions in ways that make them more compatible with sustainable development.

3. Demonstrate how new scientific understandings or new technologies can reduce threats to sustainability arising in one or more of the six areas listed above.

4. Show how Shell Center funding could help leverage additional research, resources, and opportunities.

5. Demonstrate that the paper represents a new line of inquiry.

6. Is written by an undergraduate student or a team.

C. Funding

1. The Shell Center will award up to $1,000 to the winning student paper in fiscal year 2009-2010.

2. Various opportunities will be available for the winning student or students to present their paper.

3. The winning student or students would be recognized at the School of Social Sciences awards event.

D. Project Review

The Shell Center for Sustainability will rely on its Operating Committee to evaluate submissions.
More than one independent research paper that meets the focus areas, criteria, and priorities of the Shell Center can be submitted.

The selection committee has the discretion to select one or more winners based on the quality of the submissions.

The award amount will be determined once the committee has made its final selection.
Funding is normally awarded annually.

All papers must meet the objectives of the Shell Center for Sustainability and address one or more of the focus areas. They also should be responsive to the above stated criteria and priorities.

The submission schedule is as follows:

1. Papers must be submitted to the Shell Center for Sustainability by 5 pm on Monday, April 3, 2010. They should be addressed to Lilibeth André. Associate Director, Shell Center for Sustainability, MS 27, or submitted electronically to lilibeth.andre@rice.edu. 


2. By Monday, May 10, 2010, the Shell Center’s Operating Committee will select the top paper or papers.

Upon selection the winning student or students will be notified.
All written materials must be in a language that can be readily understood by a non-technical audience and the general public.

E. Submittals

Please follow the format below in preparing the two to five-page submittal. The papers must be clear to non-technical reviewers.

1. Introduction

2. Body

3. Conclusion

F. Contact

For Additional information, please contact Lilibeth André, Associate Director, Shell Center for Sustainability, at (713) 348-2796 or at lilibeth.andre@rice.edu