Undergraduate Research

Guidelines and Resources for Conference Funding

Considering presenting your scholarship at a conference or professional meeting? 

Know that we're happy to help you as you prepare your abstract for submission!  Please check out our How to Write an Abstract resource and email us to schedule an abstract review.

Already been accepted to present your work? Congratulations! Let's make it happen.

Providing support:

Viterbo University is committed to providing support to students who present their work at conferences.  If you need help proofing or printing your poster, need to tips on how to create a 10-12 minute research talk, or would like help drafting your abstract, know we're here for you!  You can also check out the online resources available under the "Resources for Students" tab at left.  To request an appointment or ask questions, please contact Charlie Lawrence at rclawrence@viterbo.edu

Identifying possible funds to support that work:

  1. KNOW THE PARAMETERS: Before you apply (or even ask about applying) for Viterbo funds, read over the PDF iconVU Student Academic Conference Guidelines 2016-2017.
  2. IDENTIFY ALL YOUR OPTIONS: Talk with your faculty advisor to see if there are departmental funds available to support your presentation. Consider programs you may be a part of (i.e. Honors Program, CLASS Scholars) and inquire about funding options and grants.  Look into travel grants or other funding programs through the conference at which you'll be presenting. In addition to departmental and program specific funds, funds are available at the University level via the following:
    1. PDF iconVU UR_Conference._Grant_App_17_18.pdf: Please note that a limited amount of existing research funds is being allocated to support conference travel, and that Undergraduate Research Conference and Travel Grant funds come directly from the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program budget. Preference will be given to students presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research
    2. Annual Trustee's Opportunity Grant: Please contact Charlie Lawrence (rclawrence@viterbo.edu or 608-796-3461) prior to completing this grant application.   

      **It bears repeating: both University funding sources follow the PDF iconVU Student Academic Conference Guidelines 2017-2018, so make sure to read that document carefully and request amounts within the articulated funding levels.
      **Please note: regardless of the funding source(s) you pursue, know that most students end up covering some portion of the costs associated with presenting at a conference. The same is often true for faculty who attend conferences!**


Questions about funds or other forms of university support?  Please contact Charlie Lawrence at rclawrence@viterbo.edu.