Student Travel Awards

Application deadline is October 3, 2010

The Biophysical Society has limited travel support available for undergraduate and graduate student members who are recommended by their advisors to attend the Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society. Each travel award may be used towards roundtrip airfare to the Meeting site, not to exceed $500. Selection of awardees will be based on scientific merit. Priority will be given to those presenting papers at the meeting.  Students’ advisors are expected to recommend only their very best students and to write letters that provide evidence of each student's excellent achievements in research. 

The following eligibility requirements must be met: 

  • The applicant must be accepted as a student member with 2011 member dues paid by the application deadline, October 3, 2010
  • The applicant must not have received a Student travel award previously from the Biophysical Society.
  • The student applicant must reside outside a 100-mile radius of the Annual Meeting site.

The following materials are required at time of online submission: 

  1. A letter of recommendation from an advisor who is a regular member of the Society with 2011 dues paid.
    • Where is the student in his/her degree program?
    • Role of the student in project development?
    • How is the student supported (training grant, research grant, other)?
    • Has the student made presentations at previous Biophys Soc or other national meetings?
    • Rate the student compared to others at the same stage.
    • Identify any special considerations relating to need or appropriateness of a travel award.
  2. A copy of the abstract submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.
  3. A personal statement that must address the following points (1 to 2 sentences for each item is sufficient):
    • Explain your role in the research project.
    • At what stage are you of your undergraduate or graduate education/program?
    • Why is it important for you to get a travel award to attend the Annual Meeting?
    • Have you ever attended and/or presented at the Annual Meeting? If so, did you present a poster or platform?
    • What is the long-range goal of your research?
    • What is the significance of your research?
    • What is the most novel aspect of your research?

Please note, because this is a travel award, applicants must be present at the meeting in order to receive their award. Awards are presented at the Minority Biophysicists and Student Travel Award Reception at the Annual Meeting.

For questions regarding the Student Travel Award, please contact the Biophysical Society Office at (240) 290-5600. 

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