2022 CERF Student/Early Career Travel Awards

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Consider applying to the 2022 CERF Student/Early Career Travel Award for the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan (14–20 May 2022)!

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The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) provides travel awards to support students and early career members attending and presenting at JASM 2022. Students and early career professionals in need of financial assistance to attend the 2022 conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, may request support from the CERF’s William E. Odum/Scott Nixon Memorial Award. Awards typically range from $300 to $400 per person. Student/Early Career Travel Awards are strictly to offset JASM 2022 expenses such as registration, technology/equipment, travel, and/or childcare for attendance. Students are encouraged to use this award as leverage to gain additional support from their academic department or employer.

To apply for Student/Early Career Travel Awards, please fill out our Google Form by 1 March 2022. If you have any questions before applying, please email [email protected]. 

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 a member of CERF in good standing when you apply
  • Be enrolled at a university or college or high school for the 2022 spring, summer, or fall semester
  • Be registered for and attend the JASM 2022 conference

For early-career applicants:

  • Have graduated in a related science degree program any time after November 2017 
  • Be a member of CERF in good standing when you apply
  • Be registered for and attend the JASM 2022 conference

Applicants are highly encouraged, but not required, to submit an abstract (submission deadline 10 January 2022) to give an oral or poster presentation at the conference. Note that there are no abstract fees for JASM 2022! 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 travel/participation awards in the past. We especially encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply!

Application Questions

The application questions are previewed below. Please be sure to use this Google Form to submit your application.
  • Are you planning to present an oral or poster presentation at JASM 2022?
  • Have you attended a professional or scientific conference before JASM 2022?
  • Are you planning to attend JASM 2022 virtually or in person?
  • Have you received a travel award by any of the CASS organizations before?
  • What would you like to achieve at JASM 2022?
  • Briefly describe how do you think attending JASM 2022 will benefit your educational and/or career goals.
  • Briefly describe ways in which you plan to accomplish your goals for attending JASM 2022.

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Applications are due by 1 March 2022.

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