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Please contact Dr. John Pennington, Boyle Hall Room 329, or ext. 3147

Student Academic Travel Fund

This Fund has been moved to the St. Norbert Collaborative:  The Center for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities beginning in the spring of 2010.

The application form can be found at

History of the fund prior to spring 2010

Designed to help students defray the cost of presenting papers at academic conferences and participating in academic competitions, this fund offers several $150 awards each year.

In the fall of 2004, in an effort to streamline the student funding process, the director of Faculty Development and the Faculty Development committee began administering the Academic Clubs Fund, which had been under the purview of Dr. John Sutton, Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Budgeting.

The Student Academic Travel Fund, as it is now known, is intended to help students defray the cost of participating in academic conferences and competitions.

To get an idea of how many students would be applying for funds each year, faculty who worked with students on conference presentations and/or helped them prepare for academic competitions were asked to complete an Intent to Apply for Student Academic Travel Funds Form. The responses led to setting the budget at $100 per student per academic year.  For the 2009-2010 academic year the Faculty Development Committee increased the amount to up to $150 per applicant.
The fund for the 2007-08 school year was approximately $4,500 ($2,500 in program budget monies and an additional $2,000 from an anonymous donor). The Student Academic Travel fund funded thirty-two students to attend seven professional conferences. At the end of the fiscal year, all students were informed that there was a small amount of money remaining in the fund and that if they still had additional outstanding receipts, to turn them in for reimbursement. Many students took advantage of this extra reimbursement. As in past years, students were active participants in the conference or the competition to be considered for funding.

2009 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
The Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of Faculty Development collaborated to create a funding opportunity for four students to attend and present their research or creative scholarship at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at UW-La Crosse April 16-18, 2009.   Students who submitted an abstract online to NCUR were eligible to apply for full funding for the conference.  The application for funding was due to the Office of Faculty Development (December 1, 2008).  When students received notification of acceptance from NCUR (January 23, 2009), they forwarded that notification to Faculty Development by January 28, 2009 to complete their application.

Preference was given to students who had previously presented at “Celebrating Student and Faculty/Staff Collaborations.”  One award was designated for each division with one additional at-large award.

The Faculty Development Committee judged the awards and the Director of Faculty Development administered the awards.   The Faculty Development Committee announced the awards by February 11, 2009.  Students not selected for full funding for NCUR automatically received $100 from the Student Academic Travel fund.
Registration, travel, and hotel arrangements were made by the Office of Faculty Development and expenses were paid directly by the office, saving the students out-of-pocket expenses.  Students were allowed meal expenses which they paid for and were reimbursed for upon their return.  Students also wrote a report detailing the experience.

Dr. Scott Kirst met with the group before the conference to set goals and strategize with the students about the presentations.  Faculty collaborators were invited to this dinner meeting.  Dr. Kirst accompanied the group to the NCUR conference.  After the conference he held a debriefing session with all NCUR attendees.  Student reaction to the experience was very positive.  The following is a complete listing of recipients. 

Kim Keil, a Junior Biology and Biomedical Major, received funding to present “A Study of Evolutionary Change in Thisbemys (Rodentia; Ischyromyidae) Recovered from the Bridger Formation, Green River Basin, Wyoming.”
Steven Gale, a Senior Biology Major, received funding to present “Comparison of DNA Sequences between European and North American Isolates of the Invasive European Snail Bithynia tentaculata.”
Corey Vorland, a Junior Mathematics and Computer Science Major, received funding to present “Modeling Diatom Growth in Trout Lake.”
Stephanie Schauer, a Junior Mathematics Major with Secondary Education Certification, received funding to present “Modeling Diatom Growth in Trout Lake.”
Christine Garten, a Senior English and French Major, received funding to present “Researching Across the Curriculum:  the Research Paper and Writing Across the Curriculum.” (Awarded but unable to attend due to an emergency.)

Past Recipients







Faculty Development

Phone: (920) 403-3860
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