Travel Grants for Students

With the generous support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, HOST 2016 is offering travel grants for full-time students from any U.S. university to attend the symposium and offset the costs of registration, transportation, and lodging. The size and number of these grants will depend on the available funds, the number of student applicants, and their respective estimated travel expenses. Grant awards will be made before the early registration deadline; expenses will be reimbursed after the symposium; grant recipients must submit original receipts to verify their expenditures, and they are also required to submit one paragraph describing their experience or their favorite paper in HOST 2016. Priority will be given to those who will play a more active role in HOST 2016. Students in under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Childcare support may also be provided for parents traveling with child under age one.

To apply, send the following two document to the Student Travel Grant Program Chair: Mr. Mingze Gao (

  1. A single PDF file, 2 pages or less, with the following information:
    • Applicant's full name
    • Name and address of the school attending
    • Full name and email of academic advisor or graduate program director
    • Role in HOST 2016 (select one): speaker, poster presenter, co-author (non-speaker, non-presenter), none of the above.
    • Estimated travel expense :
      • Transportation
      • Days that will stay in the Hotel
      • Registration Fee
    • Current resume
    • Optional information: gender, ethnicity (Native American, Hispanic, African American, Pacific Islander), disability, parents traveling with child under age one.
  2. An email from the applicant's academic advisor and graduate program director with:
    • The following sentence: "By this message, I verify that Mr. John Doe is a full-time student at the University of XYZ."
    • Optional information to support the application.

An email confirmation will be sent to the applicant within 24 hours when the Student Travel Grant Program Chair receives both document or by noon, April 1, whichever comes the first.

Application deadline: 11:59 pm (EDT), Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Awards announcement: Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

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