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NSF and CAEE Travel Grants Available for Students, Early Academics, and Early Professionals

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE) have made US $50,000 and Can $10,000 available to award travel grants to students, early academics, and early professionals to defray travel costs for attending the 9th US National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering (9USN/10CCEE). Awards made from NSF funds are limited to students and early academics who reside in the U.S., attend a U.S. university, or teach at a U.S. university as of March 1, 2010. Awards made from Canadian funds can be made to students, early academics, and early professionals who reside in Canada as of March 1, 2010. These grants are being coordinated by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). All recipients will be expected to contribute 4 hours of voluntary service during the conference. We anticipate funding up to 50 U.S. participants and up to 20 Canadian participants. The award criteria, application procedure, and deadlines are described below.

Award Selection Criteria
The awards are intended for university students, early academics, and early professionals. Students are defined as individuals who are enrolled as full‐time students in a college or university at the time of the travel grant award application submittal deadline (March 1, 2010), even if the individual is slated to graduate prior to the conference (July 2010). Early academics are defined as assistant (tenure‐track) professors, regardless of age. Early professionals are defined as individuals who graduated after March 1, 2005. The selection committee will judge applicants based on the following criteria:

  1. Active participation in the 2010 Conference (e.g., invited speaker or moderator, papers and/or posters accepted for the conference, conference committee volunteer work, etc.)
  2. Active participation with national EERI or local EERI chapter as a student or faculty member (if a local chapter exists). For Canadian applicants, equal weight will be given to participation in EERI, the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE), and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE).

Application Procedure
Applicants should prepare a one‐page application to be submitted to Juliane Lane (juliane@eeri.org) in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The application should contain the information below. Applications that do not clearly include these items may not be considered for a travel award.

  1. Applicant name, position, academic or company affiliation, contact information (including address, telephone, and email), and identification as a student, early academic, or early professional (as of March 1, 2010).
  2. Separate, but brief, responses to the two selection criteria listed above. In addressing the first criterion, a list of papers/posters (along with authorship) that are accepted for publication at the 9USN/10CCEE (if any) should be provided.
  3. An estimate of the funding required for traveling to the conference (e.g., estimated economy airfare, conference hotel lodging, public transportation to/from airport, etc.).

Deadlines and Award Notification
All applications must be received by Monday, March 1, 2010 for consideration. EERI will notify award recipients by Monday, April 5, 2010.