Liberal Arts & Science Travel Grant

The School of Liberal Arts and Science (SLAS) Undergraduate Travel Grant Program initiative, sponsored by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences, provides funds each year of up to $500 towards registration, travel and/or housing for SLAS undergraduate students to actively participate in a professional meeting in their discipline. Students must present their research (e.g, poster or oral presentation) to be eligible for this award. Attendance without presentation will not be supported by these funds.

It is anticipated that approximately 10 awards will be made annually. Applications can be received at any time during the academic year; however, applications will only be reviewed by members of the SLAS Undergraduate Travel Grant Program committee during three scheduled meetings during the academic year.

Eligibility
Any full-time undergraduate student in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applications can be submitted for a meeting that occurs within 12 months of the application deadline. Applicants sponsored by the same faculty mentor wishing to attend identical meetings are encouraged to submit a joint application keeping within the $500 total budget guidelines.

Applying for the Undergraduate Travel Grant Program
Applicants should:

  • Submit a completed application form. This form requests student and event information, a brief abstract and personal statement, as well as an itemized budget.
  • Request a letter of support from their Faculty Mentor, to be sent under separate cover to the Chair of the committee. Letters of support should address the following criteria for the sponsored student: academic achievement, contribution to overall project, expected outcomes of attending a regional or national meeting, achievement in previous research experiences, and financial need.

Applications will be accepted electronically through e-mail addressed to: Dr. Kelly Bidle, Chair, SLAS Undergraduate Travel Grant Program at kbidle@rider.edu. Application deadlines are November 15 and March 15.

Submissions are reviewed twice a year by a minimum of four faculty committee members within SLAS.

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. strength of the work as evidenced by the abstract;
  2. impact of travel on student’s development;
  3. quality of student, as evidenced by GPA and previous research achievement; and
  4. availability of other sources of funding or support. In addition, in the event that two grants are equally ranked, precedence will be given to a student who has not been awarded a Travel Grant within the last year.

Stipulations
The presentation must be made by the funded undergraduate student, not the faculty advisor. Within two weeks of the meeting’s completion, students must submit: 1) a copy of the notification of acceptance of the paper/poster; 2) original receipts totaling the amount of the given award; and 3) a one page summary of their meeting experience to the Chair of the selection committee. Students awarded travel funds are also strongly encouraged to present their paper/poster at the annual Rider Independent Scholarship and Creative Activity Presentation (ISCAP) day, held each May.

For more information about the Student Travel Grant Program, contact Dr. Kelly Bidle, Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chair of the selection committee at kbidle@rider.edu or x5418.

Committee Members

  • Dr. Kelly Bidle, Department of Biology, Chair
  • Dr. Michael Carlin, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Daria Cohen, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Dr. Daniel Druckenbrod, Department of Geological, Environmental, and Marine Sciences
  • Dr. Shawn Kildea, Department of Communication and Journalism
  • Dr. Danielle Jacobs, Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics
  • Dr. Aaron J. Moore, Department of Communication and Journalism
  • Dr. Erica Ryan, Department of History
  • Dr. Brian Spielgelberg, Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics