The College of Liberal Arts and Science (CLAS) Student Travel Grant provides funds each year of up to $500 towards registration, travel and/or housing for CLAS 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 student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applications for an award, which include a projected budget, must be submitted before the student's travel takes place. Receipts should be submitted for reimbursement within one month of returning from travel. 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 Student Travel Grant Program
- 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. Catrinel Tromp, Chair, CLAS Student Travel Grant Program at [email protected]. Application deadlines are November 15 and March 15.
Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Strength of the work as evidenced by the abstract
- Impact of travel on student’s development
- Quality of student, as evidenced by GPA and previous research achievement
- 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 student, not the faculty advisor. Within two weeks of the meeting’s completion, students must submit:
- A copy of the notification of acceptance of the paper/poster
- Original receipts totaling the amount of the given award
- 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. Catrinel Tromp, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Chair of the selection committee at [email protected].
- Dr. Cynthia Martinez, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
- Dr. Mourya Narasareddygari, Department of Computer Science and Physics
- Dr. Catrinel Tromp, Department of Psychology