Program Goal

The goal of this award is to facilitate the professional development of neuroscience/behavioral science, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, and materials chemistry graduate students/research staff associated with the Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe) and/or the Neuroscience,  Nanotechnology & Network (USD-N3) program by supporting their travel to professional meetings. This provides an opportunity for the recipient to present his/her own research, to interact with peers and established scientists, and to develop professional contacts to facilitate their career development.

Program Scope

The award supports graduate student/research staff 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, American Chemical Society or American Psychological Association Annual Meetings) or a more general-themed meeting that has an identifiable neuroscience, Bioinformatics or chemistry component (e.g. Society for Experimental Biology, AAAS, Materials Research Society, etc.). For the CBBRe travel awards, applicants may apply for support for international travel, but there are insufficient funds to meet all the costs for attending an international conference. Applicants requesting support from the USD-N3 travel award program are restricted to travel within the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Eligibility

CBBRe

For CBBRe travel awards, the applicant must be a graduate student in good academic standing in one of the USD graduate programs (for the student travel award) and for student and staff awards applicant must be a CBBRe member themselves or affiliated/collaborating with faculty who is a member of CBBRe. Applicants must be the primary presenting author of original research at the meeting (poster or oral presentation) and typically should have had their presentation accepted by the meeting program committee. Applications can be submitted prior to having the presentation accepted by the meeting program committee, but the final award will require confirmation that the applicant’s presentation has been accepted. 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 recipients to present their work at the annual CBBRe symposium, held each fall on the USD main campus.

USD-N3

For USD-N3 travel awards, the applicant must be a graduate student in good academic standing in one of the USD graduate programs that are part of the USD-N3 program (basic biomedical sciences, chemistry, biology or biomedical engineering), or a research staff member affiliated with part of the USD-N3 program. Applicants must be the primary presenting author of original research at the meeting (poster or oral presentation). Applications can be made prior to having the presentation accepted by the meeting program committee, but the final award will require confirmation that the applicant’s presentation has been accepted. 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 USD-N3 travel award. Acceptance of the travel award requires USD-N3 travel grant awardees to: (1) Present their research at an on-campus research symposium, e.g. IdeaFest in April or the Annual CBBRe Symposium in August, (2) attend at least three USD-N3 professional development workshops within the next 12 months and (3) Participate in the USD Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

Budget

Applicants should budget typical travel allowances as per the USD travel polices (see application form for more details). Applicants should include their total budget in their application, but the limit for each award will be $1800 per graduate student award, and $1500 per research staff award. Additional sources of funding, if available, should be provided on the application form.

How to Apply

All documents should be sent to cbbre@usd.edu on or prior to the due date.

Applicants must:

  • Complete the travel award application
  • Provide a copy of their CV
  • Provide evidence that their presentation has been accepted by the meeting program committee

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

The student's advisor or research staff supervisor should provide a letter of support, detailing how this award will enhance the applicant's research, professional development and/or career goals and how the research is relevant to CBBRe or the USD-N3 program. The letter should be sent directly to cbbre@usd.edu

Deadlines

Fall: Oct. 7

Spring: March 1