Supporting students, mentors, and instructors engaged in research.

Undergraduate Travel Award

Undergraduate Travel Awards provide a $500 scholarship to KU undergraduate students to defray the cost of travel to present results of their research or creative performance at a professional conference in their field.

  • Funds are dispersed until depleted, beginning with the academic year
  • Apply as soon as possible
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis around the 15th of each month, with notification of results by the end of that month
  • All funds must be awarded by June 1 of each year—if your conference takes place over the summer, please be sure to apply early.

The Center receives funding for this program from the Student Senate's Equal Opportunity Fund (http://studentsenate.ku.edu) and the KU Office of Research (http://research.ku.edu/). 

Eligibility

  • All full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. If you are enrolled in fewer than 12 hours, please email cur@ku.edu to inquire about an exception.
  • Eligible students must be presenting their work, not just attending the conference.
  • The travel must occur while the student is still enrolled at KU.
  • The conference to be attended must be considered a “professional conference” according to the Guidelines for Professional Conference Classification
  • Students may only receive one travel award per academic year.

Awards and Dispersal

  • Successful applicants will receive a $500 scholarship.
  • This money will be posted to the student's account through the Financial Aid Office at the time that the student is notified that s/he has received a Travel Award
  • If you owe KU for any charges (e.g. tuition, required campus fees, etc.), this financial aid will be applied towards the amount due and if a credit balance is created within your account, the credit balance will be refunded to you
  • You will receive your check via direct deposit if signed up for this service in Enroll & Pay. Otherwise, the Bursar’s Office will mail you a check
  • If you have questions about how this award may affect your Financial Aid, please contact Joan Weaver in the Financial Aid Office, 785-864-5478.

Once the travel is completed, students are expected to fill out the travel award evaluation form, where they will be asked to submit an electronic copy of their poster or talk. If the student is unable to attend the conference to present his/her research after the Travel Award has already been distributed, s/he will be required to return the Travel Award money in full. Please see our guidelines for acknowledging support for information on formatting acknowledgments.

KU undergraduates are eligible to apply for funding from the Center for Undergraduate Research in order to present their original research at professional conferences. Please use the following guidelines to determine whether or not the conference you plan to attend would be considered a “professional conference.” If you feel that your conference does not meet these criteria but is still a “professional” conference, please email cur@ku.edu.

  • The conference should be sponsored by a professional organization or academic institution.
  • A student participant must present in the same way that a professional participant would present.
  • The student participant must have confirmation that they will present at the conference.

Application Process:

A complete application includes:

Requests for funding must be made prior to the conference date. Applications received by the 15th of each month will be reviewed prior to the end of the month. The Center will begin dispersing funds at the beginning of the semester and will do so until all funds have been exhausted.  It is recommended that students apply as early as possible.

Faculty Instructions:

If a student asks you for a reference for the Undergraduate Travel Award, you simply need to fill out the short Research Mentor Travel Award Reference form.  You do NOT need to provide a letter of reference; there is a spot on the form for you to enter any comments.

Expectations of Awardees:

Evaluation Form: Once the travel is completed, students are expected to fill out the travel award evaluation form, where they can submit an electronic copy of their poster or talk. If the student is unable to attend the conference to present his/her research after the Travel Award has already been distributed, s/he will be required to return the Travel Award money in full.  Please see our guidelines for acknowledging support for information on formatting acknowledgments.

Student International Travel Registry: Students traveling abroad to present research are required to register through the Office of Study Abroad regardless of whether they are enrolled in course credit. For more information, consult the Office of Study Abroad website or register online

2016-17 Recipients
Student Name Conference Mentor
Nicholas Shaheed highSCORE Contemporary Music Festival Ingrid Stolzel
Jacob Chamberlin Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference Mary Fry
Allison Logsdon American Chemical Society Fall 2016 National Conference Joseph Heppert
Jeffrey Jennings GSA Annual Meeting Tandis Bidgoli
Nicholas Martinez Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference Audrey Lamb
Rebekah Wagner NIMBioS Undergraduate Research Conference Fola Agusto
Eli Renfro National Institute of Mathematics and Biological Synthesis Undergraduate Research Conference Fola Agusto
Elijah Turner Geological Society of America Diane Kamola
Kai Ono 2016 SCI Student National Conference Ingrid Stölzel
Toni Rufledt 2017 SPSP Convention Monica Biernat
Cecilia Villanueva Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students Wendy Picking
Sandra Bertram Grant SPSP San Antonio 2017 Christian Crandall
BreShawna Briggs International Leadership Association Annual Conference: The Dynamics of Inclusive Leadership Mary Banwart
Jordan Coslett YG5MK: AIA Dallas Jae Chang
Patrick Griffin YG5MK: AIA Dallas Kapila Dharmasena Silva
Vikram Lakhanpal American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Conference Trung van Nguyen
Sarah Elizabeth Anderson Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology John Hrantiz
Sebastian Huayamares American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Conference Arghya Paul
Joseph Vincent IEEE Aerospace Conference Emily Arnold
Patrick McNamee SciTech Shawn Keshmiri
Ryan Downing Orthopaedic Research Society Ken Fischer
Halle Nick 2017 Midwestern Psychological Association Conference Michael Vitevitch

Emmaline Lorenzo

253rd ACS National Meeting and Exposition Christopher Elles
Robinson Mikowlski  Midwestern Psychology Association Paul Atchley
Karynn Glover Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium Mary Fry
Zachary Wood 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting Misha Barybin
Margarita Alely Nuñez Arroyo National Association of Chicano/Chicana Studies Christopher Perreira
Cassidy Nelson Western Psychological Association Ninety-Seventh Convention Stephen Ilardi
Ansley Bender Western Psychological Association Convention Stephen Ilardi
Lindsay Ussher 58th Annual Drosophila Research Conference Rob Ward
Crystal Bradshaw College Language Association Convention Maryemma Graham, Mary Klayder
Colby Barrett 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting Michael Rubin
Craig Lawless Western Psychological Association Convention Stephen Ilardi
Madeline Niemackl Iron Tribe John Hachmeister
Kelsey Willits Iron Tribe John Hachmeister
Katie Schneider Western Psychological Association Conference Stephen Ilardi
Shih-Yen Pan College Language Association Convention Maryemma Graham
Rachelle Claassen Western Psychological Association Convention Stephen Ilardi
Jonathan Zhu Western Psychological Association Convention Stephen Ilardi
Cora Burgoyne 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine Nancy Hamilton
Cece Wolfner 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine Nancy Hamilton
Rucha Kandlur 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine Nancy Hamilton
Elizabeth Waldberg Midsouth Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Sarah Robins
Oliver L'Esperance The Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior Annual Symposia David Jarmolowicz
Emma Brandt AudiologyNOW! Krysta Green
James Rolfe Cognitive Network Science 2017 Nicole Beckage
2015-16 Recipients
Student Name Conference Mentor
Amr El Afifi Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications Goran Ghafour
Dharam Patel Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference Audrey Lamb
Rebecca Kurtz American Music Therapy Association National Conference Deanna Hanson-Abromeit
John Kelsh Oncofertility Consortium Francesca Duncan
Lauren Arney Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference Audrey Lamb
Dina Lyne 2015 4th Termis World Congress Michael Detamore
Darra Stuart American Schools of Oriental Research Eric Welch
Aubrey Remy 95th NCSS Annual Conference Joe O'Brien
Brent Burns 95th NCSS Annual Conference Joe O'Brien
Joseph Franzitta 95th NCSS Annual Conference Joe O'Brien
Ben Faunce 95th NCSS Annual Conference Joe O'Brien
Kai Ono Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition Scott Smith
Jamie Venzian American Music Therapy Association National Conference Deanna Hanson-Abromeit
Natalie Bondank American Music Therapy Association National Conference Abbey Dvorak
Alyssa Ott American Music Therapy Association National Conference Deanna Hanson-Abromeit
Megan McCluskey American Music Therapy Association National Conference Deanna Hanson-Abromeit
Shelbi Polasik American Music Therapy Association National Conference Deanna Hanson-Abromeit
Maggie Nickl American Music Therapy Association National Conference Abbey Dvorak
Katelyn Schroeder American Music Therapy Association National Conference Abbey Dvorak
Jordan Pfeifer American Music Therapy Association National Conference Abbey Dvorak
Val Kutchko Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, 2015 Annual Meeting Charlene Muehlenhard
Jeff Kraus International Astronautical Congress Victor Frost
Mackenzie Bloom Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting Michael Detamore
Brandon Tomas Material Science and Technology 2015 Candan Tamerler
Maija Mallula Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Victor Gonzalez
Lilly Karrer American Music Therapy Association National Conference Abbey Dvorak
Benjamin Honeycutt 95th NCSS Annual Conference Joe O'Brien
Gabriel Alaniz 3rd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference Nicole Hodges Persley
Dongyu Li Society for Personality and Social Psychology 17th Annual Convention Glenn Adams
Andrea Livingston 2015 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting Cory Berkland
Erica Hui 2015 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting Prajna Dhar
Jeffery Durbin Psychonomic Society's 56th Annual Meeting Christopher Ramey
Adrian Rivera-Rodriguez Society for Personality and Social Psychology Rachel Kallen
Adam Yoerg Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Jennifer Roberts
Eli Turner Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Jon Smith
Yee Ming Khaw Society for Personality and Social Psychology 17th Annual Convention Monica Biernat
Jennifer Stern Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting 2016 Leo Smith
Marah Schlingensiepen Law and Society Association Conference Shannon Portillo
Cale Morrow Upright Citizens Brigade Sketch Comedy Workshop Jane Barnette
Natalie Peppercorn Society for Personality and Social Psychology 17th Annual Convention Monica Biernat
Italo Augusto Bozzato Costa AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition - SciTech 2016 Shawn Keshmiri
Nicole Humphrey Law and Society Association Conference Shannon Portillo
Charles Huat Chai Yeo AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition - SciTech 2016 Shawn Keshmiri
Weiting Liu AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition - SciTech 2016 Shawn Keshmiri
Jessica Allison Society for Personal and Social Psychology Omri Gillath
Addison Schile ACS 251st National Meeting Ward Thompson
MacKenzie Mitchener AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition - SciTech 2016 Shawn Keshmiri
Marwan Dessouki AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition - SciTech 2016 Shawn Keshmiri
Sebastian Thomas AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition - SciTech 2016 Shawn Keshmiri
Hebron Kelecha National Conference on Health Disparities Marco Bortolato
Abbey Whisler American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting Xingong Li
Erin Funk 2016 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference Martin Bergee
Adebayo Braimah ACS National Conference Carey Johnson
Austin Flohrschutz Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting Evangelia Chrysikou
Ansley Bender Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association Stephen Ilardi
Su Woo Kim Biophysical Society 2016 Annual Meeting Wonpil Im
Alexandra Fowler Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) 2016 Annual Meeting Evangelia Chrysikou
Hannah Morrow Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting Evangelia Chrysikou
Cassidy Nelson 2016 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association Stephen Ilardi
Mitzi Ramirez Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Paula Cupertino
Nadia Vossoughi Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting Nathaniel Freiburger
Max Tilden 2016 ACSM Annual Meeting Joseph Weir
Christopher Cintron Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior Derek Reed
Tessa Scott Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 47) Isaac Gould
Cory Schlabs 2016 ACSM Annual Meeting Joseph Weir
Kayla Wilson Immunohistochemistry and Microscopy Rob Ward
2014-15 Recipients
Student Name Conference Mentor
Alex Fennell Society for Psychophysiological Research Ruth Ann Atchley
Katelyn Whitt Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Kelsey Bitting & Jennifer Roberts
Jason Jones Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Kelsey Bitting & Jennifer Roberts
Cole Eisenmenger American Music Therapy Association National Conference Dena Register
Wade Welton Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Kelsey Bitting & Jennifer Roberts
Emilyjane Eichman American Music Therapy Association National Conference Dena Register
Rachel Zarich American Music Therapy Association National Conference Dena Register
Schuyler Kraus Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Chris Brown
Katie Martin American Music Therapy Association National Conference Dena Register
Andrew Miller Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention Omri Gillath
Austen McGuire Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention Omri Gillath
Lydia Newkirk West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics Andrew McKenzie
Logan Fritz AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, AIAA Science and Technology Forum 2015 Shawn Keshmiri
Bryce Tappan 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition Mikhail Barybin
Timothy Hieger

Botany 2015: Science and Plants for People

Thomas Taylor
Tessa Scott Tri-college Undergraduate Linguistics Conference Jie Zhang
Yichi Zhang Midwest Psychology Association Annual Meeting Nancy Hamilton
Mickayla Chapman Music Teacher's National Association Conference (MTNA) Scott Smith
Jason Paschke AIAA Aviation 2015: 45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference Rene Woszidlo
Robert Stubbs AIAA Aviation 2015: 45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference Rene Woszidlo
Brendan Martin Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting James Thorp
Jessica van Loben Sels The American Society of Virology Meeting David Davido
Matthew Miller Experimental Biology 2015 Kristi Neufeld
Stephanie Greer Oklahoma Research Day 2015 Victor Gonzalez
Brandon Tomas Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society 144th Annual Conference Candan Tamerler
Emily Hrenchir AIAA Aviation 2015: 45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference Rene Woszidlo
Katherine Deckert Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention Steve Ilardi
Renee Dinsmore Law and Society Shannon Portillo
Julie Ferrell The Cambrians Summer Session 2015 Michelle Heffner Hayes
Joshua Harsin Association for Behavior Analysis International Derek Reed
2013-14 Recipients
Student Name Conference Mentor
Maria Rocha 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting Susan Stagg-Williams
Mitchell Newton Conference for Analytical Science Ireland Craig Lunte
Jason Bates 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting

Bala Subramaniam

Qi Chen         2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting Kyle Camarda
Jake Thompson Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society Evangelia Chrysikou

Ryan A. Limbocker

American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting

Michael Johnson

Casey Pederson

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 47th Annual Convention 

Paula Fite
Ashton Sparks AAPG Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014 Gene Rankey
Nathan Kern

Biophysical Society 58th Annual Meeting

Wonpil Im

Danielle A. Siebert

National Conference for Undergraduate Research Glenn Adams
Sarah Hall SGC International Conference Judith McCrea
Kristin Miller Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention Pamela Neidert

Jason Stetler

Kai Ono

Music Teachers National Association National Conference Scott Smith
Marcella Hangen Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention Pamela Neidert
Quincy Wofford Long Wavelength Array Users Meeting Dave Besson
Kyle Dorsey Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention Pamela Neidert
Josh Russell National Conference for Undergraduate Research Donna Ginther
2012-13 Recipients
Student Name Conference Mentor
Alexander Latham Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality John Sakaluk
Jennifer Mendez Genetics Society of America 54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference Robert Ward
Erin Schultz 221st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society Gregory Rudnick
Gavin Hanson Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Evangelia Chrysikou
William Wright Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Evangelia Chrysikou
Sarah Bregman National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research John Kennedy
Kayci Vickers 25th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention Evangelia Chrysikou
Mathew Miller American Association for Cancer Research Symposium Kristi Neufeld
Jay Patel American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting Sarah Pressman
Samuel Long 2013 Drosophila Research Conference Robert Ward
Emily Haynes American Chemical Society: Chemistry of Energy & Food Jennifer Laurence
Nathan Kern Biophysical Society Wonpil Im
Kirsten King 17th Annual Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Johannes Feddema
Kyle Patterson Midwest Political Science Association Michael Lynch
Jon Nelson American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Megan Greene
Carolisa Watson Western States Folklore Society's 72nd Annual Meeting Renee Perelmutter
Abby Glauser Botanical Society of America Thomas Taylor
Corbin Quick Modern Modeling Methods Todd Little
Michael Burch HD Expo 2013 Kapila Silva

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