2017-2018 Announcement

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 percent match to support travel
Application materials:
  • Electronic application form must be completed by nominating faculty mentor. The application period for this award has closed.
  • 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.
Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 pm ET September 1, 2017, for meetings held between September 15, 2017, through February 15, 2018, or by 5:00 pm ET January 12, 2018, for meetings held between February 16 through June 30, 2018.  Applicants will be notified four to six weeks after the deadline.
Questions: Please direct questions to Dr. Karen Resendes for the September deadline, or to Dr. Jacqueline Morris for the January deadline.
* Tri-Beta, Sigma Xi, 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 for meetings held in July or August.