2018-2019 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 2018-2019. 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. Students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Student must be a full- or part-time undergraduate at either a two- or four-year institution.  If the student is a graduating fourth-year student, 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:
  • The electronic application form must be completed by a nominating faculty mentor.
    Apply here
  • 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 8:00 pm EST January 31, 2019, for meetings held between February 16 through June 30, 2019.**  Applicants will be notified four to six weeks following the application deadline.
Questions: Please direct questions to Dr. Jacqueline Morris.
* Tri-Beta, Sigma Xi, and NCUR are not considered to be discipline-specific meetings for this travel award. Although the Biology Division truly appreciates the value of such meetings to the educational experience of undergraduates, the division chooses to use the limited funds for this award to assist undergraduate attendance at discipline-specific meetings and thus facilitate interactions with primary researchers within that discipline.
**Due to the timing of the CUR fiscal year, the division is unable to award funds to attend meetings held in July or August. All receipts must be received by the award coordinator by May 20, 2019, to receive funds.