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Graduate Student Virtual Travel Grant - USDN3
CBBRe Staff and Student travel is currently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions

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 associated with 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 presentations at a professional meeting. Funds may be requested to virtually present at 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 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). 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.


Budgets will be considered on a per application basis, and questions regarding budget can be emailed to

How to Apply

All documents should be sent to

Applicants must:

  • Provide a cover letter containing:
  • Name
  • Department
  • current email address
  • Mentor name and email
  • Registration/Abstract Fee request
  • Submitted Title of abstract
  • Brief description on how the work is relevant to USD-N3 (500 words or less)
  • Provide a copy of their CV
  • Provide evidence that their presentation has been accepted by the meeting program committee

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 the USD-N3 program. The letter should be sent directly to

Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline and will be considered in the order received. Review results will be available within three weeks of receipt of complete application.