Department of Chemistry

Travel Awards

The department's A.E. Martell Travel Awards, F.A. Cotton Travel Awards, Martin Corera Travel Awards, and Eastman Travel Awards provide funds that are awarded on a competitive basis for the purpose of supporting graduate student travel to scientific meetings or other appropriate scholarly activities. The department feels that such travel opportunities are essential for the scientific growth and development of students.

Travel funds will be awarded twice each year. The deadline for Summer- and Fall-semester travel award applications is March 1 each year, with announcements of recipients being made no later than April 1. Applications for Spring-semester travel awards are due by October 1 each year and recipients will be announced by November 1. Students applying for these awards must be enrolled in the Department of Chemistry Graduate Program.

Applications for travel awards should be prepared in accordance to the following template:

Travel Award Application Template

Awards will be made based on the following criteria:

  1. The meeting's ability to enhance the graduate student experience. This will include issues such as the size of the meeting, the extent to which students will be in contact with other students, faculty, industry representatives, and so forth.
  2. Extent of participation in the meeting (poster, oral presentation, etc.). Extent of matching funds from the meeting organizers, research advisor, or other sources.
  3. Evidence of previous participation at local (TAMU and the surrounding areas) meetings and related activities (Friday noon seminar presentations, ACS regional meetings in Texas, etc.).
  4. Number of previous departmental travel grants awarded (priority may be given to first-time applicants).
  5. Evidence of scientific productivity: Students receiving travel awards may be expected to have already published at least one paper at TAMU, and/or passed their preliminary exam by the application deadline.