Student / Early Career Travel Award

The Student / Early Career Travel Award application period is now CLOSED.
There are lots of additional opportunities for students at CERF 2017, including funded volunteer, mentoring, and networking opportunities.
Visit the CERF 2017 
Student and Early Career  webpage for more information.


CERF Student or Early Career members in need of financial assistance to attend the 2017 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 2017 expenses such as travel, accommodations, and meals. Students can use this award as leverage to gain additional support from their academic department or employer. 

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 2017 Conference.

Please contact Sam Lake or Sara Blachman 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:

  • Be enrolled at a university or college for the 2017 spring, summer, or fall semester, or have graduated in a related science degree program anytime after November 2014.
  • Be a CERF member in good standing when you apply.
  • Be registered for and be present at the CERF 2017 conference to pick up your check.
  • Agree to fill out the 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!