Our late colleague, Professor Adele Miccio, loved to travel and cared deeply for students. In her honor, the Center for Language Science sponsors a student travel award. Although many graduate students attend professional conferences, it is often difficult in this context for them to meet and discuss their work with more senior scientists. Networking experiences are an important way in which individuals become known in the professional community, develop collaborative relationships, and arrange informal visits outside of professional meetings. Given the relatively short time frame of the tenure period, it is essential that individuals learn to make these connections to others in the field early in their careers. Therefore, the purpose of this award is to provide incentives for planned networking and resources for these experiences.
Applicants for the award will generate a plan for travel to meet with one or more senior scientists. In most cases, the applicant will visit the laboratory or working environment of the scientist. In some cases, the applicant will attend a conference or workshop where he/she can arrange meetings with one or more senior scientists. If meetings at a conference are proposed, the applicant must explain how there will be adequate time for meaningful private meetings in that context. After the travel plan is completed, the student will provide a brief written report of the experience, and will give a presentation at a CLS meeting to share the experience with other students.
Here are examples of types of networking experiences that have proven beneficial in the past.
1. Cover sheet with the following information: Your name, department, address, phone, email address and the name of your advisor(s). Indicate type of networking: either visiting another lab or targeted networking at a conference. Applicants must be doctoral students who have passed their candidacy, and must be regular attendees of the CLS Friday morning meetings. Please note that unlike the PIRE grant, the Miccio Award is intended to support professional development through networking, not direct research activity. Be sure that your application describes a networking plan. Our resources are limited, so applicants who have received a previous Miccio Award will not be eligible.
2. Provide a networking plan - A 1-page, single-spaced, 12-point font summary of
a. Networking plan and its impact on the applicant's research program
b. Provide specific reasons for the proposed visit and specific goals to be accomplished during the visit (e.g., learn a new technique, collaboration, exchange of ideas, receive input on a grant proposal or a manuscript).
c. Describe the extent of prior contact, if any, with the targeted senior scientist
3. Include corroborating letters from
a. the targeted senior scientist/s confirming the proposed networking plan
b. your doctoral advisor stating support for the plan
4. A budget page showing the projected expenses including travel (e.g., airfare), lodging, conference registration. There is an upper limit of $2500 for the award.
5. A copy of your up-to-date CV.
How to submit an application:
1. All applications should be submitted electronically to the Chair of the travel award committee at the email address shown below. All of the application materials should be submitted as an integrated single PDF file with materials in the order listed above and emailed to the committee chair as an attachment.
2. Questions may be addressed to the Chair of the travel award committee.
Winners will be required:
a. To submit a one page report on the networking experience and accomplished goals
b. To present at a CLS meeting to share the networking experience with other graduate students.
Deadline for submission: November 4, 2016 by 5 pm.
Date of announcement of awards: November 18, 2016
Period for using the award: January 2017-December 2017
Deadline for submitting the final report: no later than 6 weeks after returning from the funded trip
Date for CLS Presentation: In the semester following receipt of the award
Travel Award Committee Chair
Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders