Graduate program provides grants for student travel

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    Twenty-seven graduate students from various degree programs received grants to travel for their graduate studies research in fall 2013, according to the office of Graduate Studies.

    The Graduate Student Travel Grant Program was created to cover the cost of travel for graduate students who wish to conduct research across the nation or abroad.

    The research students perform ranges from gathering information and constructing a thesis to attending conferences related to their field of study, explained Anastasia Nemashkalo, fifth-year graduate student. Nemashkalo is a recipient of two travel grants. She used her awards to travel to Boston and San Francisco.

    “It is a great opportunity to be exposed to a new community,” Nemashkalo said. “It’s all about professional growth.”

    Nemashkalo said there are two awards: $400 for travel within the U.S. and $800 for international travel. The award goes toward actual travel such as cost of flights, conference registration fees and hotel rooms, she said.

    “I used it to help fund my trip to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual conference in New Orleans last January, where I presented a poster,” said Marjorie Prokosch, a graduate student.

    Graduate student Shannon Listorti said she recommends the grant program because she received a response just a few days after applying.

    “Knowing I had a grant helped me to comfortably plan my conference trip without worrying about the financial strain,” Listorti said.

    As found on the TCU Graduate Studies website, students may apply for more than one grant, but priority is given to students who have not yet received one.

    Nemashkalo explained the process when students return from their travel.

    “Once a student has completed his or her travel, they must present research done while traveling. When approved, they will be reimbursed in the total amount of the award,” said Nemashkalo.

    The grant is dispersed after students travel and show their research. Applications are still being accepted and can be found online at the TCU graduate studies website.