Conference Travel Grant

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) offers an award program for women students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) attending conferences or professional enrichment opportunities (including trainings, academic meetings, etc.) in STEM. These awards help offset the cost of travel, lodging, and registration fees. Students are not required to present at a conference or meeting in order to be eligible.

The fund supports expenses which are not currently being funded by another CWRU department. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $800. Awardees are required to submit a report summarizing their experiences at the meeting or conference. Funds are limited and we may not be able to award all applicants. Funds are limited and we may not be able to award all applicants. Preference is awarded to students who have not received this award before. 

Deadlines

Applications will be reviewed four times per year, based on the dates of intended travel.

Deadline Travel Period Notification
August 15 October 1 - December 31 August 31
November 15 January 1 - March 31 November 30
February 15 April 1 - June 30 February 28
May 15 July 1 - September 30 May 31

Eligibility

Qualified applicants will be current Case Western Reserve University students pursuing science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine (STEM) careers, who identify as women. 

Application Requirements

Applicants will complete an online application form explaining the conference or professional meeting they wish to attend, the relevance to their studies and/or future career, and required funding.

After the event, recipients are required to write a statement about how the experience related to their academic program at CWRU, what they learned from the experience, and how the experience will assist them towards their future STEM career. It is requested that recipients also include a photo of themselves at the conference or meeting they attended.

Application Review

Applications will be reviewed by a board of WISER faculty advisors and staff on three criteria: financial need, how the event will enrich the student’s academic experience and professional networks, and alignment with the student’s career goals.

Award

Students may receive up to $800 for costs associated with travel, lodging, and registration fees. Original receipts should be submitted within 30 days of the expense for reimbursement, along with a complete Travel & Expense Form.

Students are expected to find the most economical lodging and transportation available. Sharing lodging expenses is encouraged if students plan to travel with a group. 

Students must abide by the university travel policy. If you have a question about this policy, check the FAQs.

Other questions may be directed to wiser@case.edu.