The Bob Black Wilderness Term Fund was established to honor the dedication and enthusiasm of Professor Bob Black, who sought to provide students with life-changing experiences in the remote wilderness setting of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota. Bob was instrumental in establishing the Cornell Wilderness Term, which offers unique opportunities to engage in field, laboratory, and other creative work through off-campus courses in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Bob’s guidance in establishing and maintaining the Wilderness Term has helped  many Cornell students gain a much greater appreciation for the personal and academic value of wilderness.

The Bob Black Wilderness Term Award provides support for Cornell students enrolled in any course offered in connection with the Wilderness Field Term. Students must apply for the award by submitting

  1. a personal statement describing how a wilderness field term course will enhance your academic development, and
  2. a brief letter of support from a Cornell faculty member.

Advice for writing a personal statement can be found here.  Preference will be given to students who have not previously taken any off-campus course. Students who have previously received a Bob Black Wilderness Term award are not eligible.  

Questions about the Bob Black Wilderness Field Term Award and application materials should be sent directly to Brian Nowak-Thompson.  Applications will be reviewed by members of the Environmental Studies and Biology departments.

Deadline for the application is March 18th, 2015.