Travel Support for Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Center strives to support students in dissemination of their research.  Undergraduates who are accepted to present their research at a regional, state, national, or international conference are eligible to receive travel funding.  

  • $400 yearly maximum for domestic travel and $500 yearly maximum for international travel.
  • Awarded travel funds are payable on a reimbursable basis only
  • To apply for these funds, you need to complete two forms: a travel application with signatures and documentation of invitation to present AND a travel authorization (not required for travel within the state of Tennessee) with signatures and documentation of estimated expenses.
  • Deliver both forms to Wendi Watts in the Sam Ingram Building, G014C. She will notify you within a few days if your request has been approved.
  • For domestic travel, the form needs to be turned in at least 30 days in advance; for international travel, at least 60 days in advance.
  • Upon your return, you will need to fill out a travel claim form within 30 days of your return and attach all original receipts. Sign and deliver to Ms. Watts.  If you have questions, please email Wendi Watts or call 615-904-8040.

    Other Travel Funding offered by the Council on Undergraduate Research:
    • Biology Student Travel Awards - 
      The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original biological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting* during the fiscal year 2019-2020. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short online survey about their meeting experience, and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

    • Social Sciences Student Travel Awards - 
      The Social Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year 2019-2020. In addition, two awards will be set aside for students attending an international conference. If they are not used, they will be given to students on the waiting list.

      *Check out the links above for more information surrounding eligibility criteria, application materials, and selection criteria.