Trimmer Travel Fund Award

The Council on Undergraduate Research’s Trimmer Travel Fund Award will support arts and humanities undergraduate scholars in presenting their research at professional meetings. The awardee will receive an award of $1000 and recognition through CUR’s media outlets and/or notifications through appropriate higher education publications. This award is supported by the CUR Arts and Humanities Endowment and the Arts and Humanities Division.

The fund was established by a gift from Joe and Carol Trimmer. Professor emeritus of English at Ball State University (Muncie, IN), Joe Trimmer is the founding director of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. He is the author of numerous books on literature and culture, and a contributor to 20 PBS documentaries. He has served on the CUR Executive Board as the representative of CUR’s Arts and Humanities Division, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Indiana Humanities. Carol Trimmer has served as the outreach coordinator for IPR, Ball State University’s NPR member station, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Place, a regional Indiana arts organization, and Muncie’s nonprofit Gallery 308. 

Awardees Receive

  • The honor of being recognized as an Arts and Humanities Trimmer Travel Fund Awardee.
  • In addition, $1000 will be awarded to the recipient to be used on travel to a professional meeting between January 1, 2024- December 31, 2024, to share their research.

Students must submit the following:

  1. Submit the application form including: title of project, conference name, location and date, primary research mentor, research abstract (no more than 250 words), description of the research process (up to 500 words), and funding need and proposed budget.
  2. Submit a letter of support from mentor to

Current Deadline is Closed.

2023 Trimmer Travel Award Recipients

Please note that all CUR Award recipients are responsible for any and all applicable tax obligations associated with receipt of the award.

For questions or additional information about the Trimmer Travel Fund Award, please contact Lindsay Currie.