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Professional Conference Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants of up to $200 each are available from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Deans Office for undergraduate engineering students who are in good academic standing and who wish to travel to professional engineering conferences. It is hoped that participation in professional conferences will increase your interest and confidence in engineering, as well as expose you to networking opportunities in your field of study. 

Qualifications

Hajim School students in good academic standing (ie: not on academic probation) who are paid members of an engineering professional society may apply. Proof of membership must accompany application. Priority will be given to students presenting papers or workshops at the conference. 

Matching Funds

Applications from students who seek matching funds from other sources will be given higher priority. The matching fund sponsor must approve the proposal and be willing to cover at least an amount equal to the travel grant from the Deans Office. 

Application

Each applicant needs to prepare a short description of the benefits of participation in the particular conference along with a budget request.

Final Report

Upon return from the conference, you are expected to turn in a 1 page or shorter report about your conference participation experience, along with your original expense receipts. 

Deadlines

Requests for funding should be submitted as far in advance of the conference as possible, allowing 4-6 weeks for a decision to be made and funding to be dispersed. All requests for funding should be submitted no later than April 15 of each academic year. It is possible to apply for funding reimbursement after a conference, provided that original receipts are submitted with the application. The final report should be submitted within a month of the end of the conference. All receipts for reimbursement must be submitted no later than May 1.

Funding

These travel grants are made possible by a generous donation from the estate of Donald L. Wood. The student application and final report will be used to describe our accomplishments to the family of this sponsor.

Questions

Contact Lisa Norwood by phone at (585) 275-3954 or email at lisa.norwood@rochester.edu. You can also stop by 301 Lattimore Hall.

Student Testimonials

“The knowledge and experience that we gained will prove to be a wonderful asset to our Tau Beta Pi chapter.”

“The Regional Student Conference allowed us to gain insight from other ASME chapters on what activities have been working for them as well as what they are still working on to improve.”

“I talked with many graduate school department representatives, which expanded my knowledge of the schools to which I am applying and gave me answers to questions I had.” 

“This conference renewed my confidence in my ability to succeed as a woman in engineering. I left invigorated with stories and advice from both students and professionals” 

“The experiences gained from attending this conference are invaluable and I will continue to strive to become a prominent leader in the field of engineering.”