In honor of the late Jeffrey Cook, the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) intends to provide each year one scholarship to a qualified applicant to help defray the cost of attending the annual SBSE Retreat. Qualified applicants will be faculty members engaged in teaching environmental control systems (or closely related building science topics) in architecture or related disciplines. In addition, applicants MUST be from a developing country (List of non-eligible countries).
The Cook Scholarship will cover the cost of retreat registration (which provides for on-site lodging, several meals, and retreat materials) and provide some support for travel expenses.
It is the objective of this scholarship to provide $1600 in total support. After deducting the $342-$576 of retreat fees (to be paid directly by SBSE on behalf of the recipient), the amount of funding available to the recipient to help pay for travel will be $1024-$1258. This amount will be provided to the recipient at the retreat; it is not possible to provide funding prior to the retreat. Failure to attend and fully participate in the retreat activities will void the scholarship offer.
Scholarship applicants must be SBSE members (currently there is no membership fee for those from developing countries). Those registering for the retreat will be required to acquire or renew their SBSE memberships (including Cook Scholars; again at no cost to those from developing countries). The Cook Scholar will pay no out-of-pocket retreat registration fee but is responsible for making and paying for his/her own travel arrangements to/from the retreat site. The recipient is encouraged to seek additional support from his/her home institution (department, college and/or university) to help defray travel expenses beyond the support provided by the scholarship.
Selection criteria for this award focus on the potential for retreat attendance to enhance the applicant’s teaching, research, professional service, and networking activities and on the potential for benefits to the applicant’s institution and country.
The Cook Memorial Scholarship recipient will be expected to make a brief presentation at the retreat. This presentation can either be tailored to the theme of the retreat or be used to introduce the recipient’s teaching and research agenda to retreat attendees.
At the request of the Jeffrey Cook Charitable Trust, which has graciously provided the funding for this award, the scholarship recipient will be expected to submit a modest note to the Trust describing what the scholarship and retreat attendance meant to her/him relative to teaching/research/service/networking.
Retreat scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis following review of all applications received by the deadline.