CERF 2019 Student/Early Career Travel Award

Thinking about attending CERF 2019? Need assistance with travel? Apply for a Student/Early Career Travel Award!

CERF provides travel grants to support student and early career members attending and presenting at CERF 2019 in Mobile, Alabama. Students and early career professionals in need of financial assistance to attend the 2019 conference may request travel support from CERF's William E. Odum/Scott Nixon Memorial Fund for Student Activities. Awards typically range from $150 to $300 per person. Student/Early Career Travel Awards are strictly to offset CERF 2019 expenses such as travel, accommodations, and meals. Students can use this award as leverage to gain additional support from their academic department or employer.

To apply for Student/Early Career Travel Awards, simply check “Yes” under the question, “Do you want to apply for a Student/Early Career Travel Award?” during registration, and include the contact information of your academic advisor (if applicable). If you have already registered, did not indicate interest, and would still like to apply, please email [email protected].

Student members are also eligible to apply for the Student Volunteer Worker program which provides $180 towards registration fees in exchange for volunteer help at the conference. Applicants may apply for both a Travel Award and the Student Volunteer Worker program, but we anticipate that students will receive support from only one source. Please note that Early Career members are not eligible for the Student Volunteer Worker program. Due to generous donations from our community, CERF anticipates being able to support the majority of Student members who apply for both Travel Awards and the Student Volunteer Worker program for the CERF 2019 Conference.

Please contact Ashley Bulseco-McKim and Helen Cheng at [email protected] with questions!

CERF Affiliate Societies (ACCESS, AERS, CAERS, GERS, NEERS, PERS, and SEERS) may also award conference travel money to students or early career members.


Eligibility and Application

To qualify for a Student/Early Career Travel Award, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • For student applicants: Be enrolled at a university or college for the 2019 spring, summer, or fall semester
  • For early-career applicants: Have graduated in a related science degree program any time after November 2014 AND willing to serve as a judge for student presentation awards.
  • Be a CERF member in good standing when you apply.
  • Be registered for and attend at the CERF 2019 conference to pick up your check.
  • Agree to fill out a conference evaluation form, including your observations and recommendations about student-related activities for future CERF conferences.

Applicants are highly encouraged—but not required—to submit an abstract to give an oral or poster presentation at the conference. Students or early career members presenting at the conference will be given priority. We will also prioritize students or early career members who have not received CERF travel awards in the past, but we encourage ALL eligible students or early career members to apply!