Fall 2018 Graduate Student Travel Grant Application for travel occurring September 01, 2018 through January 31, 2019

Fall 2018 APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 PM MDT, Friday, August 31st, 2018 

There will be in January 2019 a call for applications for Spring 2019 travel (February 01 – June 30, 2019).

The College of Arts and Sciences will award competitive travel grants for College of Arts & Sciences graduate students to attend performance opportunities, conferences, meetings, workshops, external collaborations, shipping costs for transport of originally created pieces to exhibitions, and other professional activities in support of the student’s advancement toward degree completion. The maximum 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.


The 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 murphy@ad.nmsu.edu.
There are a limited number of grants available.


To apply for an Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant the applicant must be a full time graduate student in good academic standing (minimum NMSU graduate GPA of 3.0) in an accredited 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 2017, Spring 2018) are not eligible to receive a Fall 2018 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 applicant is performing or exhibiting original creative material or presenting original research in order to apply (for example, the student may be attending to critique original research or creative material or performances being presented by others, or to educate himself/herself about research or creative material related to the student’s own work). However, applicants who are exhibiting original work or presenting either a talk or a poster based on original research or creative activities will receive preference.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, please email Associate Dean Murphy at murphy@ad.nmsu.edu


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 conference presentation within 5 business days of the end of the conference. 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, 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 as a PDF file. You MUST name your application file “Lastname-Firstname-FALL2018TG.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 asgrdtrvl@nmsu.edu with the subject line “FALL 2018 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 murphy@ad.nmsu.edu.

Recent College of A&S Graduate Student Travel Grant awardees who are ineligible to receive a Fall 2018 award

Spring 2018 College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipients:

Farzin Abadizaman (Physics)

Birendra Ale Magar (Physics)

Nicholas Butterfield (Geological Sciences)

Rigo Carrasco (Physics)

Caitlin Doughty (Astronomy)

Zachery Grigg (Government)

Jonathan Ingram (Geological Sciences)

John Kulpa (Psychology)

Durga Neupane (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Lindsay Ruckel (Psychology)

Nuwanjula Samarasingha Arachchige (Physics)

Thujitha Thuraisamy (Biology)


Fall 2017 College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipients:

Alicia Bonar (Geological Sciences)

Felicita Arzu Carmichael (English)

Shannon Cowell (Anthropology)

Kefaya Diab (English)

Kristina Gonzalez (Biology)

Andrew Lawrence (Biology)

Kayla Myers (Anthropology)

Collin Scarince (Psychology)

Jamie Shaffer (Geological Sciences)

Kelly Whitney (English)