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Graduate Student Travel Awards

Charles R. Park Student Travel Awards and
Jackie D. Corbin/Sharron H. Francis Student Travel Awards
Charles R. Park (left), Sharron H. Francis (middle) & Jackie D. Corbin (right)

Two funding sources are available for travel awards for MPB graduate students. These awards are given to students for: 


1)   supporting travel to scientific meetings in order to gain experience in presenting their work;

2)   furthering education or collaborations;

3)   acquiring new skills.


The Charles R. Park Student Travel Awards are distributed from interest derived from an endowed fund with ~6 travel awards to be given per academic year. The Jackie D. Corbin/Sharron H. Francis Student Travel Awards are distributed from annual donations made by Drs. Corbin and Francis, as well as their trainees and MPB colleagues.  About 3 travel awards will be given per academic year.  

The number and amount of the awards may increase in the future if the Charles R. Park Student Travel Award endowment increases or donations to the Corbin/Francis Student Travel Award fund increase. MPB faculty and friends are encouraged to direct their annual Vanderbilt gifts and other donations, such as "in memoriam" or "in honor," to either fund.


Applications Applications for these awards should be submitted at least two weeks, but not more than three months, before the planned travel. The application should be in the form of a letter (~half-page) from the student to the Director of Graduate Studies describing the reason for the travel.  In addition, a Travel Form must be filled out and signed by the student, his/her preceptor, and two members of the Travel Award Committee, which will indicate approval. If funds are requested for travel to a scientific conference, the student should be the primary presenter of a poster or talk at that meeting. If funds are to be used to further the student’s specific educational needs, collaborations, or acquisition of new skills, the letter should describe the reason for this travel and anticipated gains to be made.


EligibilityGraduate students who are officially enrolled for thesis research in a MPB research laboratory and have passed the qualifying exam are eligible. Eligibility for MPB students is also based on attendance at MPB seminars.  Students may supplement either award by other sources and are encouraged to apply to the Graduate School for additional travel funds. Within 30 days of travel, a copy of the standard Vanderbilt travel report must be furnished to the MPB Education Administrator (Angie Pernell). Reimbursement of funds to the student will proceed following processing of the report by the MPB business office.


MPB Student Travel Fund CommitteeThe committee is currently composed of Drs. Francis, Corbin, the Director of Graduate Studies (Dr. Hasty), the Associate Education Director (Dr. Cobb), and the immediate past DGS (Dr. Winder).


Click here to download the Travel Form

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