Graduate Student Travel Grant


Spring 2020 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:00 PM MST, Monday, December 16th, 2019 

College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant awards support the professional travel of graduate students.

Professional travel will generally include: 
attendance at a professional meeting in the graduate students area of creative activity / research focus; performances and exhibitions and readings in an organized setting (workshop, conference, etc.) of one’s original work; presentation of outcomes of research investigations (in the form of poster or oral presentations) at conferences/workshops/professional organization meetings; transport of original work to an exhibition; and any other activity that involves the graduate student applicant participating in a professional setting where they will be presenting outcomes that they have played a role in creating.

The maximum College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant award amount is $500. It is important to note that this award is not intended to cover a student’s complete expenses. Students are encouraged to apply for additional support from the Graduate Student Council, the Graduate School, ASNMSU, their advisors, departments, or, if available, through the conference organizing committee or external collaborators.



Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grants are designed to help defray travel, hotel, per diem, and shipping costs in order to increase opportunity for students to attend performance opportunities, conferences, workshops, collaborations, and/or exhibits (or transport of original works to exhibitions) with the purpose of advancing their careers. The list of types of participation is not intended to be exclusionary; if you have a question about how your travel motivation fits with the intention of the Travel Grant program please ask that question of Dr. Jim Murphy at
There are a limited number of Travel Grants available.



To be eligible to apply for a Spring 2020 College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant the applicant must be a currently enrolled graduate student in good academic standing (minimum NMSU graduate GPA of 3.0) in a graduate program in an academic department of the College of Arts and Sciences. Both Doctoral and Masters students are eligible to apply.  Good Academic Standing (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above) must be maintained through the lifetime of the grant.

Applicants who were awarded an Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant in the previous year’s Travel Grant opportunities (Fall 2019; Summer 2019, Spring 2019) are not eligible to receive a Spring 2020 Travel Grant award. [A listing of recent recipients is included at the end of this document.] Selection preference may be given to students who have not received a Travel Grant award in the past two years.

Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grants cannot be used to reimburse expenses incurred prior to or after the stated travel dates for this specific solicitation.

It is not required that the graduate student applicant is performing or exhibiting original creative material or presenting original research in order to apply for a Graduate Student Travel Grant award. However, applicants who are exhibiting or performing or presenting original work or presenting a talk or a poster or a panel based on their own original research or creative activities will receive VERY SUBSTANTIAL SELECTION PREFERENCE.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, please email Associate Dean Murphy at



The College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Affairs Committee will review applications and provide recommendations to College of Arts & Sciences Dean Enrico Pontelli. The Committee comprises five faculty drawn from five different departments in the College.



Awards must be used to contribute to costs for the proposed travel activity only. The applicant must present all receipts and relevant documentation about their travel activities within 10 business days of the conclusion of the award-supported travel. Reimbursement will occur through the student’s home academic department.



If awarded an Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant, funding will be contingent upon proof of attendance in the form of a verification letter or document. Funds will not be dispersed until written verification is provided.

The proof of attendance (verification) documentation should include:

  • Details of the Conference/Workshop (name, dates, location)
  • Your name
  • A statement of completed registration (if attending a conference)
  • Whether you are presenting or attending only
  • If you are presenting:  the title of your contribution, and the type of contribution (performance, exhibition, oral or poster presentation).



The Travel Grant application process requires THREE steps.

1.Download the application form, which is available in both a Word document and PDF format (you select which you prefer).

2.Edit and complete the application form. Save the completed application form, which will include a copy of your curriculum vitae, as a PDF file. You MUST name your application file “Lastname-Firstname-SPRING2020TG.pdf”, where “Lastname” is your surname, and “Firstname” is your given name as they appear on BANNER.

3.Email the completed and properly named PDF application file to with the subject line “SPRING 2020 A&S TG Application”. In the body of the email, provide your full name, your department, your email address, and your phone number. You should receive an “Application Received” reply email within 24 hours of your submission.

For further inquiries, email Associate Dean Jim Murphy at



Fall 2019 College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipients:

Farzin Abadizaman (Physics)
Mavis Beckson (English)
Jodi Berdis (Astronomy)
Katherine Chudy (Art)
Randy Coryell (Biology)
Jeremy Emmett (Astronomy)
Eduardo Hernandez Acosta (Biology)
Ziewei Ma (Mathematical Sciences)
Tuan Phan (Mathematical Sciences)
Alberto Salazar (Criminal Justice)
Anashruti Sangami (Biology)
Daniel Topete (Criminal Justice)
Karen Trujillo (English)
Michael Wyatt (Geological Sciences)

Summer 2019 College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipients:

Sumanjari Das (Biology)
Maggie Day (Art)
Khandaker Iftekharul Islam (Geography)
Grace Smith Vidaurre (Biology)
Amalia Zeitlin (Music)

Spring 2019 College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipients:

Amanda Semanko (Anthropology)
Marta Rodriguez Garcia (Languages & Linguistics)
Roberto Vasquez (Criminal Justice)
Robyn Tierney (English)
Surya Banerjee (Biology)
Shawanda Stewart (English)
Molly Dupin (Biology)
Carola Emminger (Physics)
Moses Seenarine (Sociology)
Luca Carai (Mathematical Sciences)
Samantha Bartnik (Geological Sciences)
Carolyn Williams (History)
Ashley Wu (Psychology)
Morgan Beasley (Psychology)
Rashni Anandawansha (Physics)
Natalie Taylor (English)
Ger Xiong (Art)