STEM Travel Grants

 STEM Travel Grants provide funding for Bates students who wish to present their research at scholarly conferences and professional meetings in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines, including  natural sciences, mathematics, neuroscience, environmental science, biomedical fields, and science education. The purpose of this grant program is to give undergraduates the opportunity to present their research in regional and national forums, and to meet with and learn from scholars and experts from other institutions.

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WHO MAY APPLY. On the recommendation of a faculty member, any enrolled Bates students may apply for STEM conference travel support. An enrolled Bates student is defined as a students enrolled in classes at the time of the application or the meeting, or who is participating in a Bates approved JYA or JSA program. Recent alumni also are eligible to apply to present research conducted while at Bates, as long as the conference they plan to attend takes place no more than one (1) year after their graduation from the college. Preference in funding is given to students or alumni presenting thesis or senior capstone research. 

Eligible students must be presenting research in the form of papers or posters.

RESTRICTIONS AND BUDGETS. Unless the meeting is designed for undergraduate research, students receiving a STEM Travel Grant are expected to attend the meeting accompanied by a research mentor, who may be a Bates faculty member or the research director of an off-campus laboratory where the student has conducted extensive research.

This grant program does not cover any costs incurred by the faculty member / research director.

Student budgets must be specific and may include abstract submission fees, registration, travel, housing and meals. Funds will not normally be awarded in excess of $500 per student for regional conferences, $1,200 for national conferences, and $1,800 for international conferences. Students generally do not receive support for travel to more than one conference in an academic year.

TO APPLY. After consulting with a faculty member, a student may apply for a STEM Travel Grant through the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Click here to apply!

Applications must include: a completed application online form, an abstract of the research to be presented, the title, sponsoring organization, location and dates of the conference, a description of the conference and the students reasons for wishing to attend, a detailed budget (no more than 2 pages double-spaced), and the signature and comments of a faculty member or research director (either uploaded with all other materials OR sent separately to Alison Keegan,  ALL APPS ARE DUE BY 11:59 PM on the DUE DATES ABOVE.

If a group of students wishes to attend the same conference with the same faculty member, each student must submit his or her own application; each will be judged individually, based on the quality of the student’s proposal and outline of goals. The faculty member may write a statement of support for the group or for each individual student.

Awards are announced within two weeks of the deadline. For more information, contact Kerry O’Brien, Dean of the Faculty’s Office (207/786-6065 –