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The SETAC North America Board of Directors established a program to support travel of students to SETAC Annual Meetings in North America in 1991. The purpose of the program is to encourage participation of students who are SETAC members in each annual meeting. Encouragement is provided via awards up to $400 (US) in support of travel. It is anticipated that approximately fifty (50) awards will be made directly to students for the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, 17-21 November 2013. SETAC members who are students are eligible no matter where they live.

Requirements and Limitations:

Applicant must be a current SETAC member in good standing. Monetary support equal to the Travel Award must be provided by the student, the student's institution, advisor, or come from other sources. Students can win one award as a MS and one as a Ph.D. student, but cannot win a minority student/mentor award plus MS and Ph.D. awards. A maximum of two awards will be given to any one person. Awards made to Undergraduate students, will not count toward the two awards. Applicants for Student Travel Awards must be planning to make a platform or poster presentation at the SETAC North America Annual Meeting and must have submitted an abstract.

Application Materials:

Each student’s intent of applying for a Student Travel Award must be done as part of the abstract submission process. Abstract deadline is 28 May 2013. Student Travel Award application deadline is 5 June 2013.  Failure to meet the deadline or to follow instructions invalidates the application.

The following materials comprise a complete application package.

  • A completed application form;
  • Abstract ID and title
  • A statement of research goals and accomplishments by the applicant (one-sided, single-page maximum);
  • A supporting statement by the applicant's research advisor (one-side, single-page maximum), inclusive of evidence of the required monetary match.

Evaluation Procedures:

Members of the SETAC North America Awards & Fellowships Subcommittee for Travel and Minority Awards evaluate and rank all applications. The number of awards will be limited by available funds, and applicants will be ranked on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Completeness and timeliness of the application package
  • Quality of the abstract
  • Organization and presentation of applicant's statement of goals and accomplishments.
  • Availability to volunteer at the Annual Meeting

If the number of highly meritorious applicants exceeds the available funds, selections will be made with the objective of maintaining equal discipline and geographic-based distribution.

NOTE: All monetary stipends will be awarded at the Annual Meeting

To Submit:

ALL applications must be submitted during the submission of your abstract. Your abstract must be submitted by the abstract deadline of 28 May 2013. Student Travel Award application deadline is 5 June 2013. For assistance or questions, email laura.swanson@setac.org.

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