Liberal Arts & Science Travel Grant

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The College of Liberal Arts and Science (CLAS) Undergraduate Travel Grant provides funds each year of up to $500 towards registration, travel and/or housing for CLAS 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.


Any full-time undergraduate student in the College 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. Michael Carlin, Chair, CLAS Undergraduate Travel Grant Program at [email protected]. Application deadlines are November 15 and March 15.

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
  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.


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
  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. Michael Carlin, Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chair of the selection committee at [email protected].

Committee Members

  • 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. Danielle Jacobs, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Dr. Phillip Lowrey, Department of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience & Health Sciences
  • Dr. Aaron J. Moore, Department of Communication and Journalism
  • Dr. Erica Ryan, Department of History and Philosophy
Michael Carlin
Associate Professor
SCI 319A

Vanderbilt University, Developmental Psychology/Mental Retardation Research

Dr. Carlin specializes in the study of cognitive processing in those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He teaches courses in Developmental Disabilities, Cognitive Disabilities, and Statistics. His research focuses on visual and cognitive processing in those with mental retardation. His current emphasis is in applying this basic research to the design of alternative and augmentative communication devices.