Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Travel Grants
Limited travel funds are available for Eastern Connecticut State University students to present their undergraduate research or creative activities at a professional forum. At Eastern, these activities are defined as:
“Original intellectual or creative contributions to the student’s discipline carried out in conjunction with a faculty mentor, culminating in formal review of that work through presentations, exhibitions, and/or publications.
The work students wish to present must meet all aspects of this definition. Thus, it must be work undertaken with an Eastern faculty mentor on a project appropriate to one’s discipline. Internships are not considered appropriate unless they can be shown to meet the criteria above. Students who wish to attend a conference without presenting, are ineligible for these funds and should work with department clubs to secure funding.
Award amounts are limited to $1,000 per department/year, unless more funds become available. The award request should not exceed the cost of travel. As with all state travel, applicants must document that flying is necessary and more cost-effective than driving. Department applications should be coordinated to avoid exceeding the maximum total of $1000.00. If a single student is recommended for funding for the full $1,000.00, the mentor must support and justify that request in the application (e.g. prestige of the conference/event, contribution to the discipline). In order to avoid duplication of awards, students who may receive funds from other sources (departments who have received research funds or students who are receiving funding from other sources) should attempt to access those funds prior to applying for this grant. If they have been denied funds, this should be documented and discussed in the narrative from the mentor.
Money will be reserved on a first-come basis, until funds are depleted. Students applying after all money has been committed will be placed on a wait list, pending availability of new funding sources. All funds must be used before the end of the fiscal year. These grants are competitive in nature and submission does not guarantee funding. Applications should be submitted only after the presenter has received acceptance to the conference/exhibition.
All applications must be typed and submitted with supporting documents including the TA form below. Incomplete applications will be returned for completion.
Applications can be submitted throughout the semester after acceptance from conferences/exhibitions are confirmed.