The Beagle II Award promotes discovery and exploration by Stanford undergraduates who possess a strong intellectual curiosity, a passionate interest in a particular subject, and a keen spirit of intellectual adventure.
The William W. and Janet F. Crandall Beagle II Awards
Launched in 1998, the Crandall Beagle II Awards support undergraduate voyages of discovery, like the one taken by the young Charles Darwin, who circumnavigated the globe in the 1830’s making discoveries that eventually led to his theory of evolution. The Awards, given annually to undergraduates of any year and major, were established by Stanford alumni William Crandall ’61 and ’63, and Janet Crandall ’62, with the strong support of their family.
The primary purpose of Beagle II Awards is to promote scientific discovery and exploration by Stanford undergraduates who possess a strong intellectual curiosity, a passionate interest in a particular subject, and a keen spirit of intellectual adventure.
About the Founders
Bill and Jan Crandall met while students at Stanford, and maintained a lifelong interest in education and travel that grew out of their undergraduate experiences. Their love of travel took them to nearly every continent, and continued as their family grew to include four sons. Bill spent his professional career as a consultant for Bechtel Corporation and as a Professor of Business at the College of San Mateo, while Jan was active in local civic organizations, book clubs, and support of the arts. Bill’s years at Bechtel offered the family many opportunities for travel, including a two-year stint in Sydney, Australia that turned into a trip around the world. In later years, they continued their travels, often with Stanford alumni groups, and pursued their hobbies (reading for Jan, photography for Bill) with renewed passion, especially in the context of their home-away-from-home along the McKenzie River in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. They expressed their love of education and lifelong learning via several philanthropic projects including these wonderful Crandall Beagle II Awards.
One to four proposals will receive up to $7,500, or up to $12,000 in the case of two or more students sharing the same voyage, to be used for travel and study costs for a voyage of scientific discovery, as well as for summer earnings replacement. Students applying for the Beagle II must adhere to the following guidelines established by Undergraduate Research:
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Each Beagle II recipient is expected to submit a Final Report equivalent to twenty pages of text by the end of the first full academic quarter following return from travel (i.e., normally mid-December). The report can be submitted in a variety of styles and media--as a website dedicated to your “voyage,” for example, or as a video documentary, a written research report, a photo essay for your hometown newspaper, or sections from your own journal. In whatever form it takes, the report should include the equivalent of at least a page or two on personal growth (i.e., what you learned about yourself along the way). In addition to the Final Report, awardees will normally be asked to present highlights of their summer experiences at subsequent informational meetings for prospective Beagle II applicants. We will also expect Awardees to play an active role in the selection of recipients for the next year of Beagle II awards.
Proposals are now being accepted for the 2020 Beagle II and will close Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:59PM.
For those interested in applying an application workshop will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 4-5PM in Sweet Hall, Room 403.
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