The College of Sciences (CoS) and Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Travel Support Funding program is generously funded by COS and managed by OUR. With an annual budget of $6,000, the program provides undergraduate students with 3-5 awards in the spring and 3-5 awards in the fall. Travel-based monetary awards may be up to $1,000 for research-related conference/events travels where the applicant will give a presentation (poster or talk). 

Eligibility and Consideration

Currently enrolled UNLV undergraduate students with a declared major who are working with a full-time NSHE faculty research mentor associated with the UNLV CoS are eligible for consideration.

We encourage the members of underrepresented groups (e.g., Alaska Natives, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Persons with Disabilities, students from low-income families, students who are first-generation college-going (neither parent graduated from college), non-traditional students) to apply.

Application Process & Deadline

Undergraduate students are required to submit the following as part of their application package:

  • One-page personal statement detailing their research, justification for travel, and any other relevant information.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV). Please peruse the following samples: (1) Arts, (2) Social Sciences, and (3) STEM.
  • Acceptance or invitation letter/email
  • Itemized Budget
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) (if applicable)

Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Committee, and applicants can expect to receive a funding decision within 4 to 6 weeks after their application is submitted. Project funding expires 12 months from the date of the award letter. Reimbursement requests must be submitted within this time frame or the award amount will be forfeited.

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Program Requirements

Awardees are expected to meet the requirements listed below:

  • Present at one of OUR’s triannual research symposia and/or submit a manuscript for publication in Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal
  • Acknowledge OUR’s funding support in any subsequent presentation and/or performance

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of the CoS and OUR Travel Support Funding?

At the end of each month, the CoS and OUR Travel Support Funding review committee evaluates all applications for completeness, research relevance, frugality, and other criteria. If the committee decides to fund the research travel, the student will receive an award letter. Awardees are typically notified within one month of the application submission. Once the student completes the research travel, they must submit all related expense receipts and credit card statements for the requested items. Once received, OUR will award the travel funds in the form of reimbursement through UNLV’s Financial Aid office.

Is the CoS and OUR Travel Support Funding applicable to only conference travel?

CoS and OUR Travel Support Funding is applicable to any research-related travel, including presentation or performances at professional conferences or events, field work, data collection, and/or professional training.

My research-related travel has already occurred, can I apply for the CoS and OUR Travel Support Funding retrospectively?

Unfortunately, the CoS and OUR Travel Support Funding can only reimburse prospective travel.