Cynthia Gerstner Scholarship Fund

Posted: 04-26-2011

We mourn the loss of Dr. Cynthia Gerstner who passed away recently from cancer. Dr. Gerstner conducted fish population research in the Amazon, work in which Project Amazonas was privileged to collaborate.

We mourn the loss of Dr. Cynthia Gerstner who passed away recently from cancer. Dr. Gerstner, a professor at Colombia College in Chicago, conducted research in the Peruvian Amazon on the impacts of commercial and artisanal fishing on fish populations. Project Amazonas was privileged to collaborate with her in that work. When she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Dr. Gerstner decided to establish a scholarship fund so that her work could be continued by worthy students in the Amazon. Her dedication to Amazon conservation and to the support of student research is a laudable example to each of us. Dr. Gerstner is survived by her husband and daughter, and three siblings. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to her immediate and extended family, as well as to her friends and colleagues.

To contribute to the Cynthia Gerstner Scholarship Fund, please send checks (payable to "Project Amazonas, Inc." - put "Gerstner scholarship" in the subject line) to:

Project Amazonas, Inc.
701 E. Commercial Blvd, #200
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

Or contributions may be made via PayPal to (please add a note stating "Gerstner Scholarship").

All contributions to the Scholarship Fund are tax deductible according to US tax laws, and you will receive a receipt for your accounting purposes. Project Amazonas is honored and pleased to be able to Dr. Gerstner’s legacy and memory through the administration of the scholarship fund.

The formal description of the Scholarship Fund as specified by Dr. Gerstner is as follows:

The purpose of the Cindy Gerstner Amazon Conservation Scholarship is to provide funding for Peruvian students for final thesis work, in the area of local Peruvian Amazon conservation projects. Any funds donated to the Cindy Gerstner Amazon Conservation Scholarship should be administered separately from other Project Amazonas funds for the sole purpose of funding Peruvian student thesis research. Dr. Grahamor the current Scientific Director of Project Amazonas will be charge of soliciting proposals requesting funds, and one scholarship will be given out each year, as long as funds remain. Scholarships will be in the range of $900-$1200 each. Only students that are interested in continuing with field research in the future will be considered for funding.

Preference will be given to students:

  • With fisheries/aquatic projects.
  • With students planning to continue on to graduate school in conservation field work.
  • Wanting to work at Project Amazonas field sites.

Interested students should submit the following for consideration:

  • Undergraduate transcript.
  • 1 page proposal of thesis research.
  • Detailed budget of how funds will be spent.

Upon completion of thesis, students will be expected to submit a copy of the thesis to Project Amazonas for distribution to the Gerstner family.

Dr. Cynthia Gerstner in the Peruvian Amazon

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