2018-2019 Student Travel Awards Announcement
The CUR Psychology Division is offering a limited number of travel awards (up to $200 each) for undergraduate students presenting original psychological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting. These are highly competitive awards (an acceptance rate of approximately 10 percent).
Eligibility Criteria
  • The 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.
  • The student’s mentor must be a CUR member, or the student’s home institution must be a CUR institutional member.
  • Only one student per project will be considered for the award.
  • Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster (as long as applicants are notified as award recipients before the conference).
  • Award recipients are required to complete short evaluation in either written or video form about their meeting experience. The details of this evaluation will be sent to the recipients of the travel award.
  • Award recipients are required to submit a PDF file of their poster.
  • Award recipients must submit itemized receipts to receive the award.
Application Procedure
  • An electronic application form must be completed by a nominating faculty mentor. Although the nominating faculty mentor will submit the application, it is important to note that students are expected to answer the questions concerning their research experience. Students will provide these responses to the nominating faculty mentor.
  • The nominating faculty mentor will be expected to provide the following information:
    • abstract of the student's project. The abstract should be 150-250 words. The abstract should be written in such a way that experts and non-experts can understand the research;
    • description of the student's involvement in undergraduate research (note: the student is expected to answer this question);
    • explanation of how the work submitted contributes to the student's long-term goals (note: the student is expected to answer this question); and
    • explanation of how a travel award will enable the student to participate more fully in research (note: the student is expected to answer this question).
  • The nominating faculty mentor needs to write a short letter detailing the following:
    • the student’s role in the project;
    • the impact of the research on the student during his/her undergraduate training; and
    • if the research project is completed or will be completed by time of the conference. 
Selection Criteria: Travel award recipients will be chosen based on the responses provided to each question, as well as the scholarly merit of the abstract. The abstract should contain the following information:
  • The study’s OBJECTIVE;
  • A description of the METHODS;
  • A summary of the RESULTS;
  • A statement of CONCLUSIONS (it is not acceptable to state "the results will be discussed");
  • A statement of SIGNIFICANCE.
For details on the scoring of applications, visit the online rubric.
Deadline: For conferences scheduled up to May 30, 2019, applications must be received by 5:00 pm ET March 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible if they have been selected as a travel award recipient. Please keep in mind that the time to notification depends on the number of applications received.
Application Form
Questions? Please direct questions to Dr. Brian Thomas