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2017 SBSE Retreat Scholarships for Students

Application deadline:
1 April 2017; 8:00 pm PT 
Selection/notification of scholarship recipients: anticipated by 20 April 2017
Submit applications to:

For detailed information on the retreat, see: 


The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is pleased to announce it will provide up to six scholarships to qualified students to help defray the cost of attending the 2017 SBSE Retreat—to be held in Sublimity, OR in late July. Each scholarship will cover the on-site retreat costs (including lodging, several meals, and retreat materials) and provide some support toward travel expenses.

A scholarship applicant must be a Student Member of SBSE and each scholarship recipient will be asked to renew his/her membership when registering for the retreat. Recipients will be required to pay a substantially reduced retreat registration fee of $25, and are responsible for arranging their own travel arrangements to/from the retreat site. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional support from their home institutions (department, college and/or university) to help defray travel expenses beyond the amount provided by the scholarship.

It is the intention of this scholarship to provide $650 in total support per recipient. The regular double-occupancy registration fee is $450. Each recipient will pay a nominal $25 registration fee. The travel funding available to each scholarship student is $225.

In summary, scholarship recipients will:
    ● have $425 of the retreat registration fee paid directly to SBSE on their behalf 
    ● receive $225 to use for other expenses (to be awarded via check during the retreat)
    ● pay out-of-pocket a $25 registration fee and all travel expenses

Failure to attend and fully participate in retreat activities will void the scholarship offer.

These scholarships are offered to provide support for students who are interested in 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. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications for retreat scholarships will be evaluated with the following criteria in mind: 

(1) an applicant must be a graduate student or recent masters/doctoral graduate, who at the time of applying for this scholarship, is not yet engaged in practice and/or full-time teaching,

(2) an applicant should have prior (preferred) or impending experience as a teaching assistant in an environmental control systems (or related building science) course,

(3) an applicant will make a convincing case that they are potentially interested in pursuing a teaching career in building sciences and will benefit from retreat participation,

(4) the selection process will favor those who have never attended an SBSE retreat, geographic diversity among applicants, and balanced representation from institutions—assuming all other selection criteria have been successfully addressed.

A reminder: the intent of this scholarship program is to provide support for students interested in teaching environmental systems who have limited institutional resources at their disposal. The program is not targeted at faculty or design professionals who are gainfully employed.

How to Apply

There is no formal application template to fill out and submit. Applications will consist of an electronically submitted pdf document that provides the information requested and addresses the criteria described above. Items 3 and 4 below are of particular interest to the selection committee. Applications are limited to two 8.5 x 11 (or equivalent) pages.

Applications must be limited to two 8.5 x 11 (or equivalent) pages, structured as follows:

1. Contact information: name of the applicant, current institutional affiliation, 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 Student Member at the time of application. Renewing one’s SBSE membership is a requirement of retreat registration.

3. Building science background: current and prior universities and programs, specific coursework you have taken in environmental control systems (or related building science), and relevant educational experiences gained through practice (if applicable). Indicate your projected month and year of graduation.

4. Personal statement: help the selection committee evaluate your application by addressing your prior experience as a teaching assistant in an environmental control systems (or related building science) course and your interest in pursuing a teaching career in building sciences (why interested, projected timeframe, anticipated role).

5. Impact statement: briefly but clearly describe the benefits you expect to derive from participation in the 2017 SBSE Retreat. If you anticipate playing an active role at the retreat (as a presenter, for example) be sure to note this.

6. Previous retreats: indicate whether you have attended a previous SBSE retreat or retreats, and whether you have previously received an SBSE retreat scholarship.

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

Submit applications to:


Scholarship Coordinator (inquiries only): Walter Grondzik,

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