Neuroscience Student Travel Awards

The VCU Neuroscience Graduate Program offers Student Travel Awards to provide financial assistance for travel costs to national or international meetings.  Travel awards are $500.00 each and applications are accepted anytime.

Eligibility requirements:

1.  Applicants must be enrolled in the VCU Neuroscience Graduate Program and in good academic standing.
2.  All students are encouraged to apply, however priority will be given to those students who have passed their oral comprehensive exam.
3.  Awards will be made for any national or international meeting sponsored by a recognized Society, e.g., Society for Neuroscience or American Society for Neurochemistry.
4.  Applicants must be the first (presenting) author of a submitted abstract.
5.  Applicants may receive support multiple times however priority will be given to those student who have not previously received a Travel Award from the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

Application packages must include:

1.  A copy of the applicant’s abstract submission.
2.  Applicant’s full CV, including education, honors and awards, publications (abstracts and manuscripts) and professional society memberships.
3.  One-page letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor.

Applications will be reviewed by the Neuroscience Graduate Program Steering Committee. Awardees are chosen on the basis of the scientific merit of their abstracts, a letter of nomination from a principal investigator or advisor, research and career goals, and essay.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Program Director: John W. Bigbee, Ph.D. (

Download Travel Award Guidelines:  Travel Award Guidelines

Previous recipients: 
Elizabeth Dustin (Spring 2020)
Samantha Spencer (Spring 2020)
Gladys Shaw (Spring 2020)
Martina Hernandez (Fall 2019)
Nicole Weston (Spring 2019)
Rory Weston (Spring 2019)
Megan Sayyad (Spring 2018)
Vinay Kumar Idikuda (Spring 2018)
Savannah Benusa (Spring 2018)
Kristen Lee (Spring 2018)
Pavel Lizhnyak (Summer 2017)
Megan Sayyad (Spring 2017)
Kareem Clark (Spring 2017)
Savannah Benusa (Spring 2017)
Vinay Kumar Idikuda (Spring 2017)
Kristen Lee (Fall 2016)
Pavel Lizhnyak (Spring 2016)
Tuoxin Cao (Spring 2016)
Natalie (Allen) Wheeler (Fall 2015)
Michal Vascak (Fall 2015)
Joyce Balinang (Spring 2015)
Shiping (Patrick) Zou (Spring 2015)
Jason Younkin (Fall 2014)