Travel grants

  • Graduate Student Professional Travel Award (GSPTA) - This award provides support to a master's or Ph.D. student who is presenting a scholarly paper or poster at a major professional meeting. You may submit your funding request at the time of your article/poster submission; if you are accepted to present, you are required to provide the confirmation at least 30 days in advance; without the confirmation, your funds will be released to the next person.  Funds are limited; first come first served.  Please apply early! Provide at least two weeks before travel for processing.  For questions regarding application and submission deadline information, please contact Sondra Auerbach. We provide matching travel funds for students. Check out the list of conferences other Engineering students have attended.  
  • Olbrot Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research- In memory of the exemplary scholarly accomplishment of the late Professor Andrzej Olbrot, the College of Engineering has established a Travel Award to recognize excellence in graduate student research. The award(s) will be presented to a maximum of two College of Engineering Ph.D. students annually to defray part of the cost to attend and present a research paper at a major professional meeting. The award will consist of up to $500, together with a recognition plaque that will be presented during the Annual College of Engineering Convocation. For application information and submission deadline, please contact Sondra Auerbach.

The 2017-2018 Olbrot Travel Award applications are due by 5pm December 1, 2017.  Email

Details from 10/27/2017 announcement:  College of Engineering Ph.D. graduate students may submit applications for the award and the College's Research Advisory Committee will review the applications.  Previous Olbrot Travel Awardees are not eligible.  The following criteria will be used to select the awardees:

  1. A brief description of the thesis research project, the relevance of the conference, and the relationship to the applicant's professional development (1 page maximum, minimum font size: 12 points);
  2. Quality of the proposed presentation (based on the presentation abstract/proceeding);
  3. Academic and research accomplishment (GPA, research publications and presentation, among others);
  4. Significance of the conference, letter of invitation, documentation of selection and review process;
  5. A summary budget detailing transportation, lodging, and meal costs.  Cost sharing of a minimum of 50% is required from the thesis advisor and/or department.
  6. A copy of applicant's 2016-17 Ph.D. Annual Review form.  

The application package, including the cover page and all supporting documents, will be limited to a total of ten (10) pages. The application materials, in one single pdf file, should be submitted via email to the Office of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (, on or before 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 1, 2017.  

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