Graduate student departmental research and travel support
The department has committed resources so that each student can receive $800 to support them while they complete their graduate studies. The amount is available for research or travel. The student can also split the award between research and travel in a way that best supports their needs. We encourage students to reserve some support for travel, so they can present their work at a meeting before they graduate. Students are responsible for their awards (i.e., the funds are not released to an advisor), which allows students to practice managing research funds.
Procedure for requesting funds
Students that have their proposal accepted by their committee and on file with the department manager:
- Fill out this form. The submission will be automatically forwarded to your advisor. Once your advisor approves of the submission, they should forward it to the chair of Graduate Program, stating that they approve. The chair of the Graduate Program will look over the request and forward it to the department manager if approved. The department manager will send you instructions about receiving the funds.
Students requesting funds before their proposal is accepted by their committee:
- Fill out this form and attach an additional 2-page proposal in the proper field below. This proposal should include all the information requested in Supporting Details (below), but with a more thorough description of how the activities for which funds are requested support your thesis work. The proposal should be written in language suitable for a general biologist (i.e., avoid jargon and acronyms specific to your biology subfield, unless explained in the proposal text). Your proposal must include the signatures of all committee members to demonstrate the committee supports the request. The submission will be automatically forwarded to your advisor, who will then forward it to the chair of Graduate Program. The Graduate Program chair and the Graduate Committee will review the request and determine whether to award the money before the thesis proposal is accepted. The student will need to make a strong argument for why they need the funding early.