Sunday, September 14, 2008

Independent Student Travel Funding!

Recently an email went out to all LGSA listserv members regarding how to get funding for independent travel for SFSU students. If you missed it, here's the scoop:

Enrolled students at SFSU can receive up to $600 per fiscal year to attend conferences, cover travel expenses, and the like. Funding is limited, and there are a few guidelines:
  • Student must be an active participant (i.e. a presenter of a paper or performer) in the conference/meeting, not just an attendee.
  • Student will not be funded if he/she is eligible to receive travel funds to attend the same conference/meeting through any other IRA (Instructionally Related Activities) budget (e.g. Forensics, Model UN).
  • Students may not be reimbursed for mileage or the cost of a rental car unless they are employed by the University (or appointed as a volunteer) and meet the SFSU Driver Safety Program requirements.

Here's what to do to apply:
  • Click here to download application
  • Send a written request addressed to the Chair of your major department indicating the name, location, dates of the conference/meeting, and amount of travel funds needed (airfare, hotel, etc). Your name, address, SFSU ID, phone #, and email address must be included in the request. Includes a brief statement indicating how participation in this conference/meeting will enhance your education goals and attach a letter of invitation or acceptance to the conference.
  • The Chair will either endorse or deny the request based on adherence to the guidelines stated above and/or its educational merits. If endorsed, the Department Chair signs the application and forwards to Jennifer Daly in the College Office. Do Not Forward to Dean Sherwin. Then Dean of Humanities either endorses or denies the request based on this same criteria (guideline adherence and educational merit). If endorsed, the College Office forwards the request to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. He/She either endorses or denies the request, based on same criteria as The Chair and the Dean.
  • If approved by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the College Office will notify you via email (Dept Chairs will be cc'd) in January, 2009. Within 30 days of receiving notification, you will need to submit receipts along with a brief written evaluation of the conference/meetings attended and the value of the experience to Nancy Pappas in the College Office.
  • Airfare receipts must indicate student's name, itinerary, method of payment and the last four digits of their credit card number. If the receipt is inadequate, student will need to provide a copy of their credit card statement that shows their name and the airfare charge. Hotel receipts must be original on hotel letterhead in student's name that shows room/tax rate, and a zero balance.
  • Registration (original or electronic) receipt must show student's name, amount paid, and the last four digits of their credit card number or a photocopy of the front and back of the cancelled check, if payment was made by check.
For more information, including full guidelines, click here.
Also, there are two scholarship awards available for English Dept. majors! They are:
The Ellanore and Maurice Bassan English Department Scholarship
The Randall Nakayama Memorial Scholarship

Applications for these two awards are due November 6th. Click on the scholarships for more information from the English dept.
Information about the upcoming LSA meeting, next post! Keep checking back!

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