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Mary and Randall Hack '69 Graduate Award

The Mary and Randall Hack '69 Award provides research funding to support Princeton University graduate students pursuing innovative research on water and water-related topics with implications for the environment.

Projects hailing from a broad range of disciplines are eligible for consideration including climate science, engineering, and environmental policy

Application Information for 2016

Important Dates

  • February 15, 2016: Hack Graduate Award application available
  • March 28, 2016: Application Deadline
  • May 2016: Announcement of Recipients

Funding Support

In the 2015-2016 academic year, 3-4 awards in amounts up to $ 8,000 will be available for dissertation support. In the following academic year funds may be used for a range of purposes including:  summer stipend, fieldwork, travel, conference participation, equipment, and other costs associated with data analysis and facilities use. The funds cannot be used for tuition support or indirect costs. Awards are for one year (period from 7/1/2015 to 06/30/2016) and are nonrenewable.


To be eligible, applicants must be full-time Ph.D. candidates (post generals) at Princeton University.

Application Materials

Applications should include the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Completed application
  • Official graduate transcript(s) (Submitted electronically or by campus mail).
  • Two letters of recommendation sent separately and directly to the selection committee (PDF format accepted).

Princeton Environmental Institute
Hack Award Selection Committee
c/o Angela Petsis
127 Guyot Hall
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 08544

Award Selection

A committee of Princeton faculty will conduct a formal review and selection process, with conflicts of interest taken into account. The award(s) will be selected based on the quality of the proposed research, strength of faculty letters of recommendation, proven student accomplishments (peer-reviewed publications and awards), and financial need for independent research.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Dept. Adviser Ph.D. Thesis Title
2015 Jesse Ault MAE Howard Stone Large-Surface-Area Continuous-Flow Evaporative Water Purification
2015 Josh Daskin EEB Rob Pringle Hydrology and Fire Impacts in Everglades Headwater Under Climate Change
2015 Mingzhen Lu EEB Lars Hedin Hydrological Nutrients Loss from Pristine Mountain Catchments of Western Cape Province, South Africa — an Adaptive Strategy of the Hyper-Diverse Fynbos Vegetation?
2015 Ben Schaffer CEE Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe Biomass and Soil Moisture Dynamics; Implications for Landscape Characterization and Structure
2014 Stephanie Debats CEE Kelly Caylor Remote Monitoring of Agricultural Crop Development Under a Changing Climate for the US and Sub-Saharan Africa
2014 Brianne Smith CEE Jim Smith An Interdisciplinary Approach to Exploration of Flash Flood Severity and Frequency Across the United States
2013 Carole Dalin CEE Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe Impacts of Policy and Climate on China's Food and Water Security
2013 Xingli Giam EEB David Wilcove Impacts of Land Use Change on Freshwater Systems in Southeast Asia
2012 Minjin Lee CEE Peter Jaffe Adapting Dynamic land Model, LM3V, to Simulate Nitrogen Exports and Transformations in the Susquehanna River