Presenting at Conferences

Funds are available to provide travel supplements to Reed Biology students wishing to present their research at a scientific conference.

BUSTA Awards

Travel awards are made possible by an endowed fund bequeathed to the Reed Biology Department by late Professor Helen Stafford. To be considered, students should submit an application, which should be prepared in consultation with your faculty advisor.

BUSTA Application Guidelines:

(Download the application here).
  1. Coversheet and Checklist (complete this page)
  2. Travel Application:
    • A brief (~1/2 page) description of the meeting to be attended. Explain why this is a particularly suitable meeting at which to present your research at this time. Identify and describe workshops and/or social events organized by the conference planners (refer to the meeting program) that you plan to attend, especially those geared toward undergraduates.
    • Your conference abstract with title. (Priority will be given to students who are presenting work at the meeting, but all applications with a strong justification for attendance will be considered.)
  3. Proof of submission of a Reed College Opportunity Grant application (if requesting more than $300).
  4. After receiving the award decision letter for the Reed College Opportunity Grant, please forward it to (May be submitted after the rest of the application.)

Submit your application as soon as you decide to attend a meeting. Applications are accepted and awarded on a rolling basis, but consider the following suggested deadlines:

  • BUSTAs will generally be considered after Opportunity Grants have been awarded, approx. 2 weeks after each deadline. Therefore, we recommend the following submission timeline.

For conference with registration deadlines between
Oct 17-Nov 20, 2018:    
apply by     Sept 26 Opportunity Grant deadline
Nov 21-April 16, 2019:   apply by     Nov 3 Opportunity Grant deadline
April 17-June 18, 2019:  apply by    April 3 Opportunity Grant deadline
June 19-Oct 15:             apply by     May 29 Opportunity Grant deadline

Typical awards will include $500 to offset the cost of travel, registration and/or lodging. Co-submission of a Reed College Opportunity Grant is required.

All BUSTA recipients are required to complete both pre- and post-travel survey upon receiving the first award. Repeat recipients do not need to complete these surveys. Failure to complete both surveys may compromise future applications for BUSTA support.

Reed College Opportunity Grants

The most common use of this grant is to present research at a conference. Support can be given up to $1,500. Students can request a per diem to cover food and ground transportation. The per diem for the 2016-2017 year is $55.00 per night.

Opportunity Grant Application Guidelines

There are 4 application deadlines each year. See this year’s deadlines and learn how to apply here.