Neuroscience Research Travel Award

PIIN is accepting applications for the Neuroscience Research Travel Award to support graduate student travel to scientific meetings or workshops held between July and December 2019. There will be another call for applications in late Fall for meetings that are held after December 2019. Applications to present at the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Meeting that will take place in Chicago October 19-23 are highly encouraged (note that the SFN abstract deadline is May 2nd).

Awards will have a $500 limit for domestic travel and a $750 limit for international travel. Eligible students must have a major professor who is affiliated with PIIN and must be in good standing in a Purdue University (West Lafayette) Ph.D. program. To apply, submit a single pdf file containing items 1­-3 to neuro@purdue.edu. Please ask one referee to submit a confidential letter of recommendation on your behalf (see item 4 below for details). Applications should contain the following information: 

1) A cover letter from the student that includes a url link to the meeting or conference to be attended, the approximate costs for the meeting (registration, travel, accommodation), and the type of presentation to be given (poster, platform talk, etc.). Please briefly explain the relevance of the conference and/or your work to the field of neuroscience, and why attending this particular meeting will be beneficial to your professional development. Please confirm that if you are selected as an award winner, you will be willing to participate in at least one PIIN activity after receiving the travel grant. Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to, conducting outreach activities to the community at Spring Fest or in local schools; engaging potential graduate student recruits at the Society for Neuroscience meeting; and helping to organize PIIN-sponsored graduate student activities. Please name your faculty mentor and the person who will write the letter of support (see item #4 below).

2) A copy of the abstract of your presentation, if applicable. If no abstract is to be included, please indicate why not in your cover letter. 

3) A statement from your major professor indicating that he/she supports your attendance at this meeting and indicating that sufficient lab funds exist to cover all costs above the travel award. 

4) A confidential letter of support from a member of your thesis committee (not your major professor); one page is sufficient. This should be submitted as a PDF directly to neuro@purdue.edu by the referee.

Student Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2019; item #4 must be submitted by June 22, 2019.