Conference Travel Information and Application

All full-time APU undergraduate students are eligible for student travel grants of up to $500 if they are accepted to an academic conference to share their research. Sponsorship of an APU faculty member is required.

Funds are granted from the provost’s annual budget based upon review of applications. Because of high demand, there is no guarantee all applicants will receive funds, or that all recipients will be fully funded. For more information, contact Verónica A. Gutiérrez, MFA, PhD, director of undergraduate research, at or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3134.

Undergraduate research projects often begin when a professor recognizes a student’s intellectual curiosity or latent talents as a researcher. Professors may invite these students to help in a lab, copresent a paper, or work on an individualized research project during the academic year or summer months. Alternately, students may approach a professor who specializes in the area in which they would like to conduct research and ask for their supervision as they advance in their project.

To be considered for conference travel funds, students must submit to Dr. Gutiérrez an Undergraduate Travel Request Form (MS Word), which includes a section to be completed by the faculty-mentor. The application may be submitted electronically. Wait to submit completed forms to until you have been officially accepted to your conference.

FACULTY: If your students plan to attend conferences in the spring or summer and you would like to notify the Undergraduate Research Program to expect a travel application, submit an Intent to Apply Form (PDF) to All attempts will be made to set aside funding, which of course is not guaranteed.

Undergraduate students interested in research are also encouraged to visit the Council on Undergraduate Research website.

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