Because we have some funds left over from the Fall 2016 competition, we are re-opening the competition for the Spring. Please note that travel must still be completed by the end of 2017.
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. The awardee must still be a graduate student at the time of travel.
Here are examples of types of networking experiences that have proven beneficial in the past.
The applicant makes a two-day visit to a university with an active language science program. While there, the applicant presents at a colloquium and a lab meeting, meets with graduate students and post-docs from several labs, has meetings with several faculty members whose research is relevant to the applicant’s own, and has 2 extended meetings with the researcher who is the sponsor of the visit. In these meetings, the applicant receives detailed feedback on a manuscript and a grant proposal, and future collaboration is planned.
In another scenario, the applicant attends a small international conference at which several researchers from Europe will be present—people who live too far from the applicant for a lab visit to be feasible. Because the conference is relatively small and does not include parallel sessions, the applicant is able to arrange ahead of time to meet 3 of the international researchers individually to discuss their presentations as well as preliminary data collected by the applicant. One of these meetings occurs soon after the applicant’s own presentation, so he/she is able to receive direct and immediate feedback. One of the researchers agrees to serve as a consultant on a grant application.
How to submit an application:
Winners will be required:
Deadline for submission: March 27, 2017 by 5 pm.
Date of announcement of awards: April 7, 2017
Period for using the award: May 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