Program Goal

The goal of this award is to facilitate the professional development of neuroscience/behavioral science graduate students by supporting their travel to professional meetings. This provides an opportunity for the student to present their own research, to interact with peers and established scientists and to develop professional contacts to facilitate their career development beyond USD.

Program Scope

The award supports graduate students expenses for traveling to and presenting their research at a professional meeting. Funds may be requested to attend either a discipline-specific meeting (e.g. the Society for Neuroscience or American Psychological Association Annual Meetings) or a more general-themed meeting that have an identifiable neuroscience component (e.g. Society for Experimental Biology, AAAS). Students may apply for support for international travel, but there are insufficient funds to meet all the costs for attending an international conference.


The applicant must be a graduate student (e.g. Ph.D. or M.S. or M.D. student) in good standing in one of the USD graduate programs and either a CBBRe member themselves or affiliated/collaborating with faculty who are a member of CBBRe. Applicants must be the primary presenting author of original research at the meeting (poster or oral presentation) and have had their presentation accepted by the meeting program committee. Students may only be awarded two travel awards over the course of their training, and preference will be given in the review process to applicants who have not received a CBBRe travel award. Acceptance of the award requires students to present their work at the annual CBBRe symposium held each fall.

How to Apply

All documents should be sent to the CBBRe office ( on or prior to the due date.

Applicants must:

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If the acceptance is pending, the student should still apply for the award and supply the acceptance material when it becomes available.

The student's advisor should provide a letter of support, detailing how this award will enhance the student's research, professional development and/or career goals and how the research is relevant to CBBRe. The letter should be sent directly to the CBBRe office.

There are two deadlines for this award: Sept. 1 (fall deadline) or March 1 (spring deadline).