The Arthur Irving Academy
The Arthur Irving Academy Foundation was created to facilitate education, research and scholarship in environmental science at Acadia University.
The Academy does this in three ways: 1) by offering research grants to Acadia faculty to support research conducted in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens; 2) by offering scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students at Acadia; and 3) by providing funding for a full-time Director of Research of the Arthur Irving Academy at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. The Research Director helps administer the Arthur Irving Scholarships and Research Grants, and facilitates research and learning in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens.
Since the first round of research grant applications in 2014, seven full research grants ($40,000 for two years), as well as several partial grants have been awarded to faculty in Biology and Environmental Science. These awards have supported diverse research including studies on mercury in lichens, invertebrates in the Minas Basin, and the role mycorrhizae in the propagation and restoration of endangered native plants. A complete list of research projects that have been supported by the Arthur Irving Academy Foundation can be found here.
Scholarship support has been equally generous. Since 2014, eighteen undergraduate scholarships and 3 graduate level (MSc) scholarships have been awarded. Overall, since 2014 the Arthur Irving Academy Foundation has provided over $1,000,000 in scholarship support to Acadia students. Aside from providing financial support, the scholarships also facilitate diverse opportunities for mentoring younger students, volunteering in the the Greenhouses, CARE labs or some part the Irving Biodiversity Collection (Herbarium, Seedbank or Botanical Gardens), and ultimately finding research and learning opportunities in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre. Scholarship recipients, or Arthur Irving Scholars as we call them, are expected to participate in research projects or other scholarly activities that make some use of K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and/or Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens by their third and fourth year at Acadia.
For more information on the scholarships visit: https://www2.acadiau.ca/financial-aid/arthur-irving-scholarships-in-environmental-studies.html
To see the profiles of previous scholarship recipients visit: http://www2.acadiau.ca/financial-aid/scholarship-recipients.html
For more information on the Arthur Irving Academy Research Grants In Environmental Science visit: http://kcirvingcentre.acadiau.ca/AIAcademyResearchGrants.html