Travel Funding and Awards

Travel Awards

The Dr. Philip and Betty Jen Neuroscience Student Travel Award Fund

This endowed fund provides travel awards to eligible neuroscience graduate students to attend professional meetings and/or conferences.

Students should complete and submit to the Director of the Division of Biological Sciences the Dr. Philip and Betty Jen Neuroscience Student Travel Award Fund Application to be considered for a travel award

The Carl Gerhardt and Dayna Glanz Travel Fund in Biology

This endowed award supports travel assistance to graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences.

Students should complete and submit to the Director of the Division of Biological Sciences a Graduate Student Travel Support Application to be considered for this travel award.

Division of Biological Sciences Graduate Student Travel Support Program

The Graduate Student Travel Support Program provides partial support for graduate students to participate in a conference, do field research, or attend workshops or specialized trainings.

Students should complete and submit to the Director of the Division of Biological Sciences a Graduate Student Travel Support Application to be considered for this travel award.

Knotts and Williamson Families Endowment in Biological Sciences

The Knotts and Williamson Families Endowment in Biological Sciences is to be used to support graduate student research in the areas of ecological and evolutionary biology within the Division of Biological Sciences.

Students should complete and submit to the Director of the Division of Biological Sciences a Graduate Student Travel Support Application to be considered for this travel award.

Biology Graduate Student Association Travel Award

The BGSA can apply for travel grants for group travel to a professional conference, meeting or workshop three times per year through MU’s Organization Resource Group (ORG). To qualify as a group, at least 10% of BGSA members, approximately 8 graduate students, must be traveling to the same meeting. If approved by ORG, award sizes will vary depending on travel period and group size but grants will generally provide around $200 per person. Awards are dispensed by ORG as reimbursements after travel and with travel receipts. By accepting a travel award, the group agrees to share information about the funded activity at the next BGSA meeting after return from the conference or meeting.

For more information and questions about travel grants for group conference travel, please email BGSA@missouri.edu or visit the ORG Web site.

Other travel scholarships

Additional travel scholarships for graduate students are available from Graduate School, the Graduate Professional Council, the Douglas D. Randall Young Scientists Development Fund, and the Trans-World Airlines Scholarship.

Graduate Student Awards

Ethel Sue Lumb Scholarship

The Ethel Sue Lumb Award provides fellowships for eligible graduate students of good moral character who are in need of financial aid. Awarded on the basis of the scientific merit of the proposed activity and its relevance to the student’s program. Graduate students who have recently completed their comprehensive exam and/or their coursework and are more than one year away from graduation are eligible. Selected recipients will receive a one-time $2,000 award added to their stipend.

Students should talk to the Director of Graduate Studies and/or Graduate Education Committee to be considered for this award. To be considered for this award, students will need to complete the FAFSA to determine financial eligibility.