The URC-Sciences Travel Grant is awarded to UCLA undergraduates who have had an abstract accepted for a poster or oral presentation at a regional, national, or international conference. The research being presented does not need to have taken place at UCLA or a UCLA-affiliated institution. All applicants must be full-time students at the time of application, during conference participation, and at least one month after conference attendance. This grant is paid as a reimbursement award. A maximum of $300 may be awarded per student per fiscal year (July – June).

Applications are accepted between July 1 through May 1 of the following year. Applications are due 4 weeks before the conference date.

Original receipts must be submitted no later than 7 business days after the last conference date. The student must be the payer listed on all receipts.

Funding is limited. Students are encouraged to submit their application as far in advance of their conference as possible.


After your abstract has been accepted and you have registered for your conference, email Alec Hernandez (ahernandez@college.ucla.edu) to request an application. Do not request an application if your abstract has not yet been accepted and you have not yet registered.


Contact Alec Hernandez (ahernandez@college.ucla.edu) for more information.

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