Funding Opportunities

Two sources of funding are now available for STEM students:

  1. Student Academic Year Supplies
    These funds provide support for first year, sophomore, or junior researchers (that is, students who cannot apply for the Provost Fund for Senior Projects) working with a faculty member in Division 3. A faculty mentor can request supplies up to $250 per student. Up to 10 stipends will be awarded each semester. For Fall 2021, all applications submitted by Monday, September 13 will receive equal consideration. Any applications received after September 13 will be awarded on a rolling basis if funds remain. While there is a maximum of 2 supply awards per faculty advisor, please contact me if more than two awards would be beneficial in light of current department budgets. The FACULTY MENTOR should apply for these funds (in the application, specify the student(s) being supported).
  2. Student Conference Travel
    These funds offer support for a summer or current student researcher in Division 3 to present their work at a professional meeting. A student can request up to $500 to cover travel expenses related to attending the conference or to offset virtual conference registration fees. Students must be presenting their research at these meetings. Up to 20 stipends will be awarded each year. For AY21-22, all applications submitted by Monday, October 4 will receive equal consideration. Any applications received after October 4 will be awarded on a rolling basis if funds remain. There is a maximum of 3 travel awards per faculty advisor. Note the STUDENT that is presenting at the conference should apply for these funds. Student Conference Travel Funds to Support Inclusion in the Sciences These funds provide opportunities for students to attend conferences that highlight the work of (and challenges faced by) traditionally underrepresented scientists. A student can request up to $500 to cover travel expenses related to attending the conference or to offset virtual conference registration fees. Students are encouraged to present research at these meetings, but are not required to. Examples of conferences include (but are not limited to) Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference, Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) Conference, the Society of Black Physicists Conference. For AY21-22, all applications submitted by Monday, October 4 will receive equal consideration. Any applications received after October 4 will be considered on a rolling basis if funds remain. Note the STUDENT that is attending the conference should apply for these funds.

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How to Apply

Student Academic Year Supplies (FACULTY APPLY)

Faculty who are requesting these funds need to fill out and submit the online application form. Faculty should identify which source of funding they are applying for, provide a brief description to justify the request (150 words), provide a detailed budget, and indicate other sources of funds that will be used (if any).

Student Conference Travel (STUDENTS APPLY)

Students who are requesting these funds need to fill out and submit the online application form. Students should identify which source of funding they are applying for. Students should also provide the meeting being attended, dates of the meeting, and a tentative poster/talk title (if applicable). Additionally, the application should contain a brief description to justify the request (150 words), provide a detailed budget, and indicate other sources of funds that will be used (if any).

Distribution of Funds

Once funding has been approved, faculty mentor should work with their department administrative assistant to place orders or reimburse incurred expenses. Your department administrative assistant will work directly with Kristi Waybright (Physics) for funding expense guidelines and account information.