For undergraduate students who are giving research presentations (oral or poster) at a disciplinary professional meeting, such as the American Chemical Society meetings, the Office of Research will provide matching funds for actual expenses incurred, up to a total of $500 per student. The requirements are (1) that the department supply the other 50% of the funding, and that (2) the student submit to the Office of Research verification of acceptance along with the accepted presentation abstract.
We do not reimburse per diem for students—actual food receipts must be kept and submitted. Also, we only reimburse actual additional expenses incurred—that is, if the student stays in the same hotel room as the faculty member for no additional cost, only the faculty member can claim reimbursement for the room.
We do not at this time provide funding for students to attend a conference for which they are not presenting. Additionally, at this time we do not regularly provide funding for students to present at an interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference, except that we provide transportation to MASAL each year. However, exceptions can be made for major interdisciplinary conferences such as the National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) conference. We do not have a current policy for funding graduate students who are giving research presentations, however funding is available on a case-by-case basis.