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Applications Being Accepted for Burns Grant, Proulx Scholarship

Thursday, December 8, 2016  
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Application deadlines for two SFPE Foundation funding opportunities are approaching. Information and deadlines about the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant and the Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship, are below.


Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant
Funding for this grant has been provided by Bentley Systems Inc. Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley’s mission is to empower its users to leverage information modeling through integrated projects for high-performing intelligent infrastructure. Funding for this grant is to support baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral students in fire safety science or fire protection engineering.

The purpose of the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant is to use information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The grant is named in memory of Donald Burns, Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) assistant chief. Chief Burns died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, while setting up his command post to direct the evacuation. He was a decorated 39-year veteran of the FDNY. He was known for his in-depth knowledge of firefighting and the FDNY and is fondly remembered as a walking encyclopedia for his broad knowledge of New York City. Fighting fires was his passion, and he inspired many of his colleagues within the department, who hailed him as an exceptional leader and brilliant tactician and strategist.

More information about the grant and application information are available here. Deadline is Dec. 15.

Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship
Guylène Proulx was considered by all who knew her to be one of the preeminent researchers and communicators in the field of human behavior in emergencies. Her enduring legacy, as stated by her international colleagues, is the body of her research work. This scholarship honors her legacy by building on the research in her chosen profession. The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student undertaking a research project in the field of human factors or human behavior related to fire or emergencies or to the integration of human factors or human behavior into fire protection engineering.

Guylène Proulx was passionate about giving back to her profession. She was a member of SFPE’s Board of Directors and of the Educational and Scientific Foundation board of governors. She was a past president and board member of SFPE’s National Capital Region Chapter.

More information about the scholarship and application information are available here. Deadline is Dec. 31.


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