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Money to be Spent… If Not By You, Then Who?

Another academic year is in full swing here at the University of Rochester. First year students are adapting to their new college lifestyle (and the climate for some); sophomores and juniors are grinding out another year, while preparing for their next venture; while our seniors are writing their final chapters, and preparing the start of a new book.

And because all of you are students at UR, you’re actively engaged in numerous scholarly activities, most notably: research. Part of conducting research is the presentation of the knowledge you have gained from these experiences.  The platform on which you will reach an audience will undoubtedly be an undergraduate research conference.

Research conferences are exciting, informative, and participation in one, or a few, looks good on a résumé or CV. While that conference may be weeks or months away, it is not too early to start thinking about–especially if you’re seeking some travel assistance.

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers presentation awards to UR undergraduate students who are presenting their research at academic conferences. Individual students can receive up to $500 for domestic travel or $1000 for international travel, and can be awarded funds up to twice per academic year. GO and SEE them, all applications must be completed at least 30 days in advance of the conference. The Kearns Center can often supplement this funding with additional funds, for which there is also an application process.

Conferences can be costly, but there are hundreds of dollars ($$) in travel awards available to students at UR and the Kearns Center, through the generosity of various benefactors. So come in talk to us, if cost is the issue we can try and help to work with you to find funding for travel. Contact your academic department, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and your Kearns Advisor with your questions.

Stephon Hamell

About the Author

Stephon Hamell
Stephon Hamell is an Academic Advisor in the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity. He started in the Kearns Center in Summer 2013. He has a strong background in mathematics and physics.

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