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Jeffrey Cook Memorial Scholarship 2017

Application deadline: 1 March 2017; 8:00 pm PT 
Notification of award recipients: anticipated by 15 March 2017
Submit application to: <

For detailed information on the retreat, see:  


In honor of the late Jeffrey Cook, the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) intends to provide one scholarship to a qualified applicant to help defray the cost of attending the 2017 SBSE Retreat—to be held in Sublimity, OR, in late July. 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 (see below). 

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 $1500 in total support. Deducting the $450 retreat registration fee (to be paid directly by SBSE on behalf of the recipient), the amount of funding available to the recipient to help pay for travel and lodging will be $1050. 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 in Sublimity, OR (near Portland). 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.

These scholarships are intended to provide support for faculty from developing countries who are teaching environmental control systems (or a closely related area of building science). Retreat scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis following review of all applications received by the deadline.

How to Apply

There is no prescribed application form. Applications will consist of an electronically submitted Word or pdf document that provides the information noted below. Item 3 (and perhaps 5) will be critical to the selection committee. Applications must be submitted by e-mail.They may not exceed two letter-size pages (A4 or 8.5 x 11).

1. Contact information: name of the applicant, current institutional affiliation, citizenship, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

2. SBSE membership status: Evidence of prior/ongoing SBSE membership will be considered a plus. Applicants must be a Member at the time of application. Renewing one’s SBSE membership is a requirement of retreat registration.

3. Building science teaching background: current and prior universities and programs, specific environmental control system (or related building science) courses currently and previously taught, and relevant research/service experiences.

4. Impact statement: briefly but clearly describe the benefits you anticipate that you, your institution, and your country would derive from participation in the 2017 SBSE Retreat.

5. Retreat experiences: indicate whether you have attended previous SBSE retreats and/or received a previous Cook scholarship.

6. Special circumstances: if you believe you qualify as an applicant for this scholarship, but are applying while in residence in a developed country you will need to convince the selection committee that your residence therein is temporary and that you are in fact from a developing country and will soon return there to teach.

See critical dates and deadlines above. Late applications will not be considered.

Submit applications to:


Scholarship Coordinator (inquiries only): Walter Grondzik,

The following countries are deemed to have developed economies. Applicants from these countries are NOT eligible for this scholarship. Applicants who are citizens of a developing country, but who currently reside in a developed country will need to make a case for being qualified for this scholarship (see item 5 above).

*Developing countries are those not included in the following list of advanced economies developed by the U. S. government (source:







Faroe Islands




Holy See
Hong Kong











New Zealand


San Marino




South Korea





United Kingdom

United States

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