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Travel Awards

Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Award

The Office of Undergraduate Research may award up to $500 per student to present original research, scholarly, or creative projects at a regional or national conference.


  • Must be a full-time USD undergraduate in good academic standing.
  • Must be an author, co-author and presenter at the conference.
  • Limit one travel grant per student. Previous recipients are not eligible for a second grant.

How to submit a travel grant request:

Requests are accepted on a rolling basis. As soon as you have received acceptance to the conference, please send the following materials to the Office of Undergraduate Research:

  • Your name, student ID, and major(s)
  • Title of the presentation and all co-authors names, ranks (professor, grad student, undergrad) and departments. If applicable, include the abstract, paper, poster, or any other presentation materials that were reviewed and accepted.
  • Formal notification of acceptance to the conference
  • An itemized budget sheet including costs of registration, travel, and lodging. (Note that the office will not pay for meal expenses). Please also include a list of other sources and amounts of other travel funds that are available to you (e.g., student travel fellowships provided by the association or conference, professor's grant funding, CUR travel grant, university funds).

A one-page description of how attending this conference will enhance your professional and academic career.

Student Travel Awards for Research (STAR)

The USD Department of Psychological Sciences is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the Student Travel Awards for Research program (STAR). This program has been made possible through the generous donation to our department given by Kevin Cadden and Kim Nelson in support of student research initiatives in the psychological sciences. STAR grants (up to $750 awards) are designed to support student travel to professional conferences to present original research findings. These travel awards are intended to supplement rather than replace other sources of student travel support at USD.


  1. Formally declared major in Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience.
  2. Provide formal verification (email or document verification) that your proposal/abstract has been accepted for presentation at a professional conference/convention. Students may submit proposals before formal acceptance has been received but verification of acceptance must be provided before awards will be disbursed.
  3. Eligible projects must be student-conducted original research, typically under the supervision or mentorship of a faculty mentor from USD or other academic institution (adjunct faculty are also eligible).
  4. Although multiple authors can submit for a STAR grant if they wish to share an award, only one submission per project will be accepted for review.
  5. Applicants must be in good academic standing (e.g., not on academic probation).

How to submit a travel grant request:

Calls for proposals will be made once per semester. Thus, travel should be timed to occur within 6 months of the application date. The next call for STAR Proposals for travel occurring between November 2014 and March 2015 will be in October 2014.

For more information and guidelines for submitting a proposal, please visit the Department of Psychological Sciences website.