The College of Science Travel Grant Program for Doctoral Students provides deserving graduate students with matching travel funds of up to $350 from the College to present a poster or oral paper at a national professional conference in their chosen academic discipline.

The student’s research advisor, the department, or the Graduate Student Government is expected to contribute an additional $350 to the support of their student.

Travel Grant Application Procedure

A completed application consists of the completed application form; a copy of the abstract that has already been submitted and accepted for presentation at a national conference; a nomination letter, written by the student’s dissertation advisor attesting to the student’s demonstrated research acumen and the advisor’s financial support ($350) of the student’s conference presentation.  In lieu of financial support from the advisor, support ($350) may be provided by the Department as evidenced by the signature of the Department Chair on the application form.

Completed application materials with nomination letter should be submitted directly by the student’s advisor via email to the Graduate Dean care of Madeline Garcia-Gilbert ( The subject line of the email should state “Letter of Recommendation on Behalf of [Student’s Name] for receipt of a College of Science Travel Grant Award.”

All applications and nomination letters must be submitted in electronic format.

Applications may be submitted at any time of the year, but at least one-month prior to the conference presentation.

Every effort will be made to turn around applications in a two-week time frame.

Preference will be given to doctoral students with strong academic records whose research advisor’s letters confirm they have made significant research contributions in their respective academic disciplines and for whom this would be their first external national meeting presentation.  Students who have received prior support are eligible to reapply once. However, preference will be given to those doctoral students who have not yet had an opportunity to present externally.

When requesting travel grant funds, students are required provide a complete list of funding already applied for and/or obtained for the travel.

Please direct all questions to Madeline Garcia-Gilbert (