The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of protected natural areas throughout California. Its 39 sites include more than 756,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major state ecosystems are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to Sierra Nevada forests. The reserves also serve as a gateway to more than a million acres of public lands. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth.

For more information on the UC Natural Reserve System, visit our website:

We are pleased that you are interested in applying for a 2017-18 Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant. The UC Natural Reserve System provides these grants to support graduate student research at its 39 reserves. Doctoral and master's students from any UC campus pursuing a graduate degree in any field are eligible. Studies must be conducted on reserves in the UC Natural Reserve System.

This year, the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program is supporting additional reserve research on the environmental exposure and health outcomes of tobacco use. Examples include research topics such as the environmental impact of tobacco waste; bioaccumulation of tobacco-specific nitrosamines in the environment; and how tobacco-specific particulate matter affects air quality and related health outcomes. Other innovative topics (e.g., ethnobotanical shifts in native vs. commercial tobacco use) that address similar tobacco-related human and environmental health issues are highly encouraged.

Up to $38,000 is available to support research in any discipline, while up to $15,000 is available to support tobacco-related research. A maximum of $3,000 may be awarded per applicant.

Essential information on the application process, eligibility requirements, and evaluation criteria is available here: Please read the full application instructions before initiating your application.

If you have any questions, please email the NRS Administrative Officer, Donna Seaward, at