Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship
2010 is the first year of a new fellowship program, established in memory of Ellen Brenner, who was an integral member of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) community for nearly a decade. One Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship will be awarded each year to either a librarian or an archivist (see below). Eligible applicants include librarians or archivists who wish to further their studies in science, and members of the scientific community who wish to begin or continue a career as a science librarian or archivist.
Made possible by the generosity of Ellen's husband, Steven Brenner, and other donations made to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in honor of her memory, the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship offers a stipend of $2,000 to work on a mentored project at CSHL. Experienced librarians and archivists at the CSHL Library and Archives and the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology will serve as the recipient's mentors.
Ellen Brenner was a reference librarian at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives. She upheld the highest standards of excellence in her work, while bringing warmth and sincerity to everyone with whom she worked. She had extensive knowledge of medical and science literature, having worked as a reference librarian at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Health Sciences Library, the Milton Helpern Library of Legal Medicine, and at the Cornell University Medical College Library. Her professional contributions led to significant growth of the Library's programs and services. The Fellowships are a testament to Ellen's understanding of the important interactions between libraries and scientists in the advancement of knowledge.
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives
The Library's main collection includes more than 13,000 print monographs: manuals, textbooks and reference books; 4000 e-books; a journal collection of more than 750 titles, both print and electronically published; and 21,000 bound journal volumes. The Library web portal provides electronic access to scientific databases and to the Library's extensive electronic library collection from any location worldwide.
The Archives is a rich repository of books, manuscripts, photographs, and reprints documenting genetics research and the work of the faculty of CSHL and its predecessor institutions dating back to 1890. This includes books produced and collected by CSHL; collections of prominent scientists associated with CSHL; and other materials relating to the scientific work, scientists, buildings, Laboratory and local history, and meetings and courses that have been held at CSHL. The Archives also houses the collection of the Eugenics Records Office (ERO), which existed at Cold Spring Harbor from 1910 to 1924.
Both the Libraries and Archives are housed in the recently expanded Carnegie Building.
Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
The Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology was established at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 2006, with a landmark gift of $2.5 million from Genentech, a founder of the biotechnology industry. This facility, which is also within the Carnegie Building, houses the archival collections of luminaries from the molecular biology revolution, including Nobel laureates James D. Watson, Sydney Brenner, Barbara McClintock, and Hermann Muller. It also contains conference and study space for visiting scholars and graduate students.
Applicants must have at least a master's degree in science, engineering, library/information science, or history of science.
The selection of the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellow is based on CSHL's determination of the following:
Applications are due by March 1 each year.
Applications will be reviewed by the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship Selection Committee, and a Fellow will be chosen by April 1 each year. Selection of the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellows will be made at the sole discretion of CSHL.
The recipient of the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship will be announced on April 1.
The stipend of $2000 can be used for any purpose, including local travel and living expenses while in residence at CSHL.
In submitting an application for the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship, the applicant does not incur any obligation to accept the award if selected.
Application InstructionsInstructions for each part of the application
Send all parts of your application together to:
Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship Program
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the fellowship.
Support the Fellowship
The idea for a memorial fund to honor Ellen Brenner was suggested by Steven Brenner, Ellen's husband. Together with Mila Pollock, Executive Director, CSHL Library & Archives, the fund was established in 2008. Through Steve's generosity and the contributions of Ellen's family, friends and colleagues, the fund will provide support for librarians, archivists and other professionals who wish to move into the field of science librarianship, the field where Ellen spent nearly a decade of her life. The Brenner family as well as the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory appreciate your interest in contributing to the growth of this endowment. Donations may be made as follows:
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