Honored Scholar Travel Award

The University of Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is soliciting proposals to support travel to materials research and educational conferences. A maximum of $2,500 for domestic travel may be awarded. Larger awards to support collaborative research or international travel will also be considered. Applicants must be affiliated with the Wisconsin MRSEC.


The Wisconsin MRSEC funds travel for graduate students and post-docs to showcase the ongoing materials research of the Center, and to support the professional development and communication skills of its members.


Proposals are requested to support travel of students and postdocs for the purpose of making a presentation (poster or oral) or to pursue research collaboration. Partial financial support from other sources will be viewed favorably.


Proposals should include:

  • A short description of the collaborative research or educational project to be presented or justification for travel (less than half a page)
  • The relationship of the work to be presented to the Center
  • A budget and a brief budget justification
  • A list of MRSEC activities in which you have participated (e.g. meetings, poster sessions, and outreach volunteer activities).

Proposals should be submitted to Kerri Phillips.

Proposals are accepted and reviewed as they are submitted. Please submit proposals at least six (6) weeks prior to planned departure date.

Criteria for Selection

  • Relationship of work to be presented to MRSEC: Work to be presented should reflect an area of active research within the MRSEC.
  • Participation in MRSEC activities: The applicant should have a record of active contribution to MRSEC outreach and other events.
  • Relevance of conference to applicant’s goals: The conference to be attended should further the materials and educational knowledge of the applicant.

Reporting of Outcomes

Recipients of travel awards are required to submit a 1-page summary of their conference experience for posting on the MRSEC website. Additional presentation of their experience may be requested.

More Information

MRSEC support must be acknowledged on presentations or posters. Please direct questions to MRSEC student representatives or Kerri Phillips.

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