Conference Award

2020-2021 Conference Award

*Conference Award Applications for 20-21 are open. Please note that travel is not eligible for compensation while University travel restrictions are in place.  Expenses incurred for remote conferences are eligible. 

For more information regarding travel impacted by COVID-19, please see: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/travel/

Award Information:

To help defray the costs of traveling to and from conferences, COGS provides up to $300 in the form of a Conference award. This can be awarded only once during a graduate lifetime. (NOTE: Funds are dispersed as an award via the financial aid office to the student’s stu-info account. Only enrolled graduate/professional students can receive this award.) Please review the Conference Award Funding Guidelines before applying.

NOTE: Conference Awards are only awarded to individuals presenting research at a conference. If you are not presenting, please submit a Professional Development Award application.  Please review funding guidelines carefully for reimbursement requirements.

To submit an online application, you will need:

  • Statement of Justification: In 500 words or less, please describe the conference you will be attending, what original research you will be presenting, and how the experience will enhance your academic and/or professional skills.
  • Letter of recommendation: Please have your major professor or advisor write a letter (1) confirming your attendance and planned presentation at the conference (2) explaining how this experience will contribute to your academic career. If you professor wishes to submit the letter directly to our office, it can be emailed to office@cogs.msu.edu  PLEASE NOTE: Letter of recommendation is part of the application and must be submitted on or before the application deadline to be considered.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all parts of the application are submitted on time. 

Applications will be reviewed at Finance Committee meetings and awarded by approval at  full council as long as funds are available for the current semester award budget. Finance Committee may adjust deadlines in future semesters and apply lottery for selection (per funding guidelines) if applications exceed available funding.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Applications are due by 5pm on the stated due date.  Please note: We are unable to consider late applications.

COGS FUNDS ARE LIMITED, SO APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY BY THE EARLIEST POSTED DEADLINE FOR THE SEMESTER THEY ARE ATTENDING THEIR CONFERENCE.  ONLY IF funds remain after the first review period, will applications will be reviewed for subsequent posted deadlines for that semester. Once no more funds remain for a given semester, then no further applications for conferences taking place for that semester will be considered. (You may apply early for the next semester’s conference, but your application won’t be reviewed until the posted review period for that semester.)  Website will be updated as to the availability of funds after each initial review period.

Fall 2020  (Conferences attended from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020) – DUE BY 5PM on September 30, 2020

*Additional rolling deadline(s) may be added if funds are still available after the first round of awards.  Fund availability information will be posted AFTER the October 14, 2020 full council meeting. Funds remain available. Next deadline: November 25th

Spring 2021 (Conferences attended from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021)

  • Application &  deadline(s) will be posted once Spring 2020 Full Council Dates are confirmed.  Tentative Deadline is January 6, 2021.

Please call the COGS office with any questions: (517) 353-9189.

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