DGRAV Student Travel Grants for APS April Meeting

The APS Division of Gravitational Physics (DGRAV) is raising funds to endow the DGRAV Student Travel Grants. First awarded in 1999, these grants provide needed travel support to allow DGRAV student members to present their work at the APS April Meeting. Please help foster the future of this field by donating to the endowment campaign.

About the Award

The amount of each DGRAV Student Travel Grant is approximately $300. All students who are members of the Division of Gravitational Physics and are giving talks or presenting posters at the APS April Meeting are eligible for the travel grant. Preference is given to applicants who have not received travel grant support in the past, but all participating DGRAV students are encouraged to submit applications.

Support for student travel has become one of DGRAV's core missions and accordingly consumes a major fraction of the DGRAV budget. As the field, the number of students in the field, and the importance of the APS April Meeting to the field have grown, so have the applications for travel grants.

For example, the number of applicants jumped from a previous record high of 22 in 2014 to 33 in 2015. This level of demand is unsustainable. As a consequence, DGRAV can no longer award travel grants to all of the high quality applicants. The purpose of the endowment is to provide funding for this activity at a level beyond that achievable now by DGRAV. Our goal for this campaign is to raise $75,000, enough to support 10 additional students each year.

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Giving by Mail

If you prefer to contribute by mail, please make your check payable to the American Physical Society and note "DGRAV Travel" in the memo. Mail your gift to Irene I. Lukoff, Director of Development, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740. For further information about giving, visit Giving Options.

About DGRAV Student Travel Grants

Here is what past travel grant recipients have shared about their experiences at the APS April Meeting:

Beatrice Bonga"The DGRAV Student Travel Grant allowed me to attend my first large conference in the USA: I love the breadth of the APS April Meeting and the opportunity to meet and mingle with so many physicists. The grant paid for my flight and the conference fee (and I was fortunate enough that I could stay with one of my friends)."

Beatrice Bonga
Graduate student at Penn State
(2014 Recipient)

James Ditts and family

"I received a DGRAV Student Travel Grant to go to the APS April Meeting. The meeting was useful; I got to listen to the most recent developments in my field, and meet some experts I would not have otherwise. As a father, I would not have had the money to attend, and so the grant was instrumental in allowing me to come. Thanks!"

James Dilts
Postdoc at UCSD

Meg Millhouse

"For the past couple of years, getting to go to the APS Meeting to present my own work and talk to other physicists in my field has been one of the highlights of my year. Since I come from a university that doesn't have access to a major airport the trip can get fairly expensive, sometimes to the point where my advisor's grant cannot cover all of the costs. Having access to the DGRAV Student Travel Grant has been a fantastic resource to help with some of the travel expenses so that I can actually make it to the APS April Meeting every year."

Meg Millhouse

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