Travel Awards

Since 1992 the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience has provided travel awards to help undergraduate neuroscientists present their original research at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. The winners are enrolled at a variety of academic institutions - from small liberal arts colleges to large research intensive universities. What ties them together is a dedication to the pursuit of high quality research in the neurosciences. FUN has kept in contact with our winners and an amazing 68 percent of them have gone on to enter PhD or MD/PhD programs.

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2021 FUN Undergraduate Travel Awards
 
Applications for the FUN Undergraduate Research Travel Awards to the 2021 Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Chicago, IL are now being accepted through September 3, 2021 at 8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT.
Information about the award: The awards offer up to $1000 in aid for travel and attendance expenses associated with attending the Society for Neuroscience 2021 meeting for students who are presenting posters at the main SFN meeting. All student award travel award applications must have a faculty sponsor who is a dues-paying member of FUN.
The student must be an author on the abstract and present research that results from studies conducted while an undergraduate.  It is not necessary that the student be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of the SFN fall meeting.  Students are eligible if the work was done before their graduation the previous academic year. However, students who have previously won a FUN travel award may not reapply.
A panel of FUN members judges the award applications.  The judging criteria focus on the student’s contribution to the project, the importance and originality of the project, and the candidate’s potential in science.  Preference is given to students who are first author on the abstract.
How to apply:
Applications must be submitted online by the faculty sponsor as a single PDF document.  Please go to the following link ( https://forms.gle/6RLKRwgdAVy5niNG7) to apply and upload the following information:
  1. The SfN abstract, on which the student must be an author and present research results from studies conducted while an undergraduate (250-word maximum). 
  2. A statement by the student candidate indicating the scientific importance of the project, the candidate’s contribution to the project (including an estimation of the amount of time spent on it), and the relevance of this research experience to the candidate’s career plans (500-word maximum).
  3. A statement by the student’s faculty sponsor. This statement should clearly identify the specific intellectual, technical, and time contributions the student candidate has made, especially in the case of multiple student authors, and compare the student’s exact role in the project to those of the other authors. The sponsor’s statement should briefly summarize the lab’s source(s) of funding, and whether graduate students were part of or supervised the undergraduate’s project (500-word maximum).
  4. The student’s CV/resume. The CV/resume should include any other research-related activities.
  5. Indication of whether the student and sponsor both give permission for FUN to maintain a confidential copy of the application for purposes of FUN travel award judge training in future years and/or retrospective outcomes analysis.  Granting this permission is not required to be funded; moreover, reviewers will not be aware if the student and sponsor granted this permission or not.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact President-Elect Gerald D. Griffin at Hope College at griffing@hope.edu

Timeline:
The deadline for consideration is September 3, 2021 at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT.

History:
Use the link on the left to view a list of previous travel award winners.

2021 FUN Travel Award Sponsors About the Travel Award Competition:
  • The awards are for students to help defray travel and attendance expenses associated with the Society for Neuroscience meeting.
  • To be eligible to appy, students must be accepted to present a poster at the main SFN meeting.
  • All student travel award applications must have a faculty sponsor who is a dues-paying member of FUN in good standing
  • The student applying must be an author on the abstract and present research that results from studies conducted while an undergraduate. It is not necessary that the student be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of the SFN fall meeting.  Students are eligible if the work was done before their graduation the previous academic year. However, students who have previously won a FUN travel award may not reapply.