The URC-Sciences Travel Grant supports UCLA undergraduates who have had their life science, physical science, or engineering research abstract accepted for presentation at a regional, national, or international conference. The research being presented does not need to have taken place at UCLA, but all applicants must be UCLA undergraduates at the time they conducted their research and at the time of conference attendance. This grant is paid as a reimbursement after conference attendance only. Students should only apply for this grant after they have registered for their conference. A maximum of $300 may be awarded per student per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Applications are accepted for conferences between October 1 and June 1. Students must submit their applications at least one month before their conference date and are encouraged to submit their application as far in advance as possible.

Approved applicants must submit itemized receipts within one week after the conference. All expenses must be paid by the student to qualify for reimbursement. Expenses paid by a third party cannot be reimbursed. Eligible expenses include conference registration fees, economy-class airfare, hotel/lodging, ground transportation (including rideshare apps), mileage (distance traveled in personal vehicle only) and parking fees.


A complete application consists of two components:

  1. An online packet completed via Docusign.
    1. Students can launch the Docusign packet by clicking here.
    2. Students will be prompted to enter their name and email, and their Faculty Mentor’s name and email.
    3. Students will receive an email invitation to complete their portion of the packet first. Faculty Mentors will receive an invitation to complete their portion after applicants complete their forms first.
    4. Both parties will receive a copy of the signed packet after it is completed.
  2. Supplemental documentation uploaded via Box.
    1. Students must submit additional documentation via Box upload. Instructions are provided on the cover page of the Docusign packet. Students do not need to wait until their Docusign packet is complete to upload their documentation.

Students should expect an email within 1-2 weeks after their Docusign packet is complete and their documentation is uploaded.

Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Biology Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Biology Travel Awards:

The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short evaluation form about their meeting experience and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Undergraduate student must be a junior or senior and travel must be completed within 3 months of graduation.
  • Student’s mentor must be a CUR member or the student’s home institution must be a CUR institutional member
  • Student’s home institution must provide at least a 50% match to support travel

Application materials:

  • Electronic application form to be completed by nominating faculty mentor. Please click here to access the form.
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses (up to $250) will require copies of receipts and confirmation of student’s attendance/presentation at the meeting.

Selection Criteria:
Travel Award recipients will be chosen based on the scholarly merit of their abstract, which should include:

  • A sentence that clearly states the study’s OBJECTIVE (unless included in the title);
  • A brief statement of METHODS (if pertinent);
  • A summary of the RESULTS;
  • A statement of CONCLUSIONS (it is not acceptable to state “the results will be discussed”);
  • A statement of SIGNIFICANCE.

Applications must be received by mid January for meetings held between February and June. Applicants will be notified four to six weeks after the deadline. See additional details .

For further information and the application requirements, please visit the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) site

Direct inquiries via email to Evelyn Hiatt, CUR Councilor: ehiatt@kwc.edu