Since 1997, the Graduate Student Association has allotted a portion of the GSA budget to help fund students’ research and professional development. This includes, but is not limited to, presentations of a research paper or project at a conference, attendance at a conference and/or scholarly event, or purchase of supplies for graduate projects, research, thesis or dissertation.
Graduate students who are enrolled in degree seeking programs, currently taking courses, and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for and receive an award. Students may not use the award for projects, conferences, events or materials that occur after they have graduated from their program. In an academic year, a student can only receive one travel award and one research award.
Types of Available Awards
Research Award(Instructions): For the purchase of supplies for research or other original scholarly work related to a graduate program, project, thesis, or dissertation. All purchases made with GSA Research Award funds are property of the university. At the completion of the student's research, all equipment and remaining non-consumable supplies become the property of the student's academic department, and are to be returned to the department. Travel that does not include presentation or attendance at a scholarly event is considered part of a research award and cannot be applied to a separate travel award. Students can receive one research award per year, up to $500 maximum.
Travel Award (Instructions): For presenting or attending at a scholarly event (e.g., a conference, seminar, lecture, exhibition or performance) related to research or other original work for a graduate program, project, thesis, or dissertation. This award funds transportation fare (air, taxi, train, and bus), lodging, mileage, meals, registration, parking and tolls. Students can receive one travel award per year to either present at a scholarly event ($500 maximum) or to attend a scholarly event ($200 maximum).
*IMPORTANT* Travel Awards have a two-step process 1) GSA Award Application. 2) Travel Authorization in Tiger Travel. Students must contact their program’s departmental Travel Coordinator to be authorized to travel in Tiger Travel at the same time they apply for a GSA Award. For details, see the instructions on applying for a travel award.
Application for a GSA Award does not guarantee receipt of an award. Awards are granted based on the stated purpose for the request, and availability of funds. Notification of receiving an award is required prior to using the requested money to purchase supplies. Award amounts are based on available funding and are on a case-by-case basis.