Student Travel Grants
NALMS awards travel grants so students like you can present results of graduate-level research at our Symposium. You may apply if you are enrolled at a college or university seeking either a Master’s degree or Ph.D., or the equivalent for foreign students.
To be considered for a travel grant…
- You must first submit an abstract and be selected to present at the Symposium.
- Your presentation must highlight research done by you as a student under the direction of a designated professor or advisor.
- Your research must relate to lake and reservoir management.
- Please note, your abstract is subject to the same standards used to select all abstracts.
- After your abstract is selected you must submit the Student Travel Grant Application by July 30.
- Please note that when you submit, your application materials become NALMS property and will not be returned.
Here’s how we make our selection:
- Our Scholarship Committee will review your travel grant application.
- The committee will give your application a number score in four categories, which include:
- Abstract quality
- Impact on lake management
- Strength of recommendation letters
- and Miscellany like, but not limited to, NALMS membership, prior publications and presentations.
- Once your application is scored it will be ranked against other applications.
- The Scholarship Committee will consider the following when deciding to ask our Board to support your grant:
- The availability of funds in the Symposium budget
- Your application rank
- The amount of aid you’ve requested
- The travel distance
- Your planned mode of transport
Our Distribution & Reimbursement Policy
We use these guidelines when distributing travel grant funds.
- Conference Registration: If your application is approved and it included a request for symposium registration, you will receive a free Student Registration, which includes all meals offered as part of the regular program. We deduct the funds required to cover the cost of free registrations from the amount assigned to student grants within the Symposium budget. We then distribute the remaining funds as student travel grants.
- Travel Assistance: If your application is approved, we will reimburse your travel expenses up to the maximum amount awarded to you. You may expense the cost of your hotel room and plane or auto transportation costs. Please note, you must submit receipts as proof of these expenses no later than November 30.
- Accommodations: We may include a free hotel room for up to three nights as part of your student travel grant. However, NALMS must arrange the reservation. We urge you to accept a double occupancy room, in order to maximize our ability to support as many students as possible. Please note that you may not expense room charges for meals, entertainment or other items unrelated to the Symposium.
- Transportation: You may expense either coach class airfare – OR – vehicle mileage at the current federal rate, tolls and parking up to $250. If your transportation expenses are more than the amount awarded, you must pay the excess expense. If your transportation expenses are less than the amount awarded, the leftover funds will stay in the grant pool and be available for other students.
- NALMS Membership: If you are a first-time awardee you will receive a free one-year student membership in NALMS.
- Repeat Awards: You may submit only one application each year. However, you may request aid in multiple years if your abstract highlights a different research topic or is a much enhanced version of your prior submission. The Scholarship Committee may consider your prior awards as a factor in the Miscellany category when scoring your application. After you receive your first award you must be a NALMS member to receive further awards.