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The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original biological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting* during the fiscal year 2017-2018. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short online survey about their meeting experience and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply.


Eligibility Criteria:

-          Student must be an undergraduate at either a two- or four-year institution. If the student is a graduating senior, travel must be completed within three months of graduation.

-          Student’s mentor must be a CUR member or the student’s home institution must be a CUR institutional member

-          Student’s home institution must provide at least a 50% match to support travel


Application materials:

-          Electronic application form must be completed by nominating faculty mentor

-          Reimbursement of travel expenses (up to $250) will require copies of receipts and confirmation of student’s attendance/presentation at the meeting.


Selection Criteria:  Travel Award recipients will be chosen based on the scholarly merit of their abstract, which should include:

-          A sentence that clearly states the study’s OBJECTIVE (unless included in the title)

-          A brief statement of METHODS (if pertinent)

-          A summary of the RESULTS

-          A statement of CONCLUSIONS (it is not acceptable to state “the results will be discussed”)

-          A statement of SIGNIFICANCE


Applications must be received by 5 pm EST September 1, 2017 for meetings held between September 15, 2017 – February 15, 2018 or by 5 pm EST January 12, 2018 for meetings held between February 16 – June 30, 2018. ** Applicants will be notified four to six weeks after application deadline.


Questions: please send to Dr. Karen Resendes, resendkk@westminster.edu for the September deadline or send to Dr. Jacqueline Morris jmorris@bw.edu for the January deadline.




* Tri-Beta, Sigma Xi, NCUR, AAAS, and SACNAS are not considered to be discipline-specific meetings. In addition we are unable to fund any conference geared at undergraduates only. While the Biology Division truly appreciates the value of such meetings to the educational experience of undergraduates, for this award we choose to use our limited funds to help undergraduates attend a discipline-specific meeting to enable interactions with primary researchers within that discipline.



 **Due to the timing of the CUR fiscal year we are unable to award funds to attend meetings held in July or August.


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