Graduate Students Travel to Conferences Around the World

Map of locations that graduate students have traveled to conferences in 2017. 

Each year, arts, sciences, and engineering graduate students travel to professional conferences across the globe, to engage with fellow graduate students, scholars and leading researchers from their fields. The AS&E Graduate Student Travel Fund is available to all doctoral and master's students to support this type of professional development and to reduce the financial burden associated with attending professional conferences across the globe.

Conference attendance not only provides a unique opportunity for students to learn how scholarly information is distributed within their fields of study, but also allows them to make connections, foster relationships and advance their careers.

This fall alone, the travel fund has awarded over $34,000 to more than 100 students supporting conference participation in over 25 different states and 10 different countries. Applications are now being accepted for students attending a conference during the spring semester. Application guidelines and additional information can be found on Tufts AS&E Graduate Student Travel Fund. Apply today!

Travel award recipients discuss their experiences:

"This September I was able to attend a research school on geometry dynamics and moduli spaces at the University of Warwick in England. It was a really great experience. At the school, there were several mini-courses designed specifically for graduate students in my field. The research school also provided me the opportunity to make new connections. I was able to speak with some of the top researchers in my field, and I met many fellow graduate students from around the world."

Nate Fisher, Math Ph.D. ’20

"Attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany was an extremely valuable opportunity to learn more about international climate politics and many related issues. The conference is divided into two zones: the Bula Zone, where the negotiations take place and the Bonn Zone, where side events are put on by different countries and organizations, focusing on a variety of topics related to climate change. I had access to the Bonn Zone, where these side events allowed me to explore issues that were both closely related to my research and those that I knew very little about."

- Colleen O'Brien, Civil and Environmental Engineering M.A. ’17

"I recently attended the Fall Massachusetts School Psychology Association Conference on Friday, October 27 with support from the Tufts Graduate Student Travel Fund. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there. I expanded my psychological assessment interpretation and technical report writing skills in the morning session. I also networked with recent graduates of the Tufts School Psychology program and learned about their experiences as new practitioners in the field”

- Kaitlin O’Donnell, School Psychology M.A. ’18

"Society for Neuroscience (SfN) was a scientific and mathematical playground. Over the course of five days in chilly November air, 30,000 neuroscientists gathered in Washington, D.C. for SfN 2017 to discuss the current body of research in their field. However, the research spanned more than solely lab-based neuroscience. As an attendee of the conference, I saw presentations and symposia on topics ranging from the evolutionary history of avian life to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded research on culturally acceptable foods that ameliorate gut microbiota compromised by starvation... SfN 2017 was a mammoth success in describing the current research and was a great thinking ground for any research-minded individual. Thanks for enabling me to attend, Tufts!"

- Samuel Polk, Math Ph.D.’18

“As a discipline that drastically changes with the passage of time, attendance of conferences such as this helps me understand the tendencies and methodological preferences of ethnomusicologists active now. To become and remain relevant in the field this is vital... This also served as an excellent opportunity for me to get on the radar of scholars who shape the subfields of this discipline I reside in. These small settings allowed for introductions and conversations on an intimate level – one likely to create a lasting impression. Furthermore, attending this conference gave me an excellent chance to meet with professors and heads of departments of the programs to which I am likely to apply for a Ph.D. As many of these programs are scattered throughout the North American continent, being able to meet with several in one building during one weekend was invaluable.”

- Jason Winikoff, Music M.A.’18

"It was both enlightening and inspiring to witness the quality, variety, and originality of research in my field. As musicology concerns itself increasingly with interdisciplinarity and intersectionality, attendance at these annual conferences is crucial to staying abreast of research trends in the field. In addition to the paper sessions and panels, the AMS annual meeting provides specialized programming for music graduate students (such as peer-to-peer networking and social events, career and research/writing panels, etc.), which are invaluable professional growth opportunities that cannot be replicated on Tufts University’s campus. I was able to meet and converse with admired faculty who will be reading my application portfolio in just over a month. My travel fund award has been, this year as in previous years, an indispensable asset."

- Kendall H. Winter, Music M.A.’18