Department of Chemistry

Travel Awards

The department's A.E. Martell Travel Awards, F.A. Cotton Travel Awards, Martin Corera Travel Awards, JEMS Scholarship for Collaborative Research, Marcetta Y. and Donald J. Darensbourg Graduate Student Travel Scholarship and Eastman Chemical Company Endowment for Graduate Teaching and Travel Awards, provide funds that are awarded on a competitive basis for the purpose of supporting graduate student travel to scientific meetings or other appropriate scholarly activities. The department feels that such travel opportunities are essential for the scientific growth and development of students.

Travel funds will be awarded twice each year. The deadline for Summer- and Fall-semester travel award applications is March 1 each year, with announcements of recipients being made no later than April 1. Applications for Spring-semester travel awards are due by October 1 each year and recipients will be announced by November 1. Students applying for these awards must be enrolled in the Department of Chemistry Graduate Program. The individual travel awards are described below.

The A.E. Martell Graduate Student Enrichment Fund was established in the 1980 in honor of Dr. Arthur E. Martell on the occasion of his retirement from Texas A&M University. Distributions from this endowment provides funds to be used for travel awards for students pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M.

The Martin Donald Corera Memorial Endowed Fund was established in 1989 in memory of Martin Donald Corera. Funds are used to support travel for full-time students in good standing pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M.

The F.A. Cotton Endowed Memorial Graduate Travel Award was established in 2007 in the memory of Professor F.A. Cotton and provides funds to be used for travel awards for students pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M.

The Gerry Meisner '78 and Robbie Peascoe '90 Endowed Graduate Travel Scholarship was established in 2003 by Gerald S. Meisner '78 and Roberta A. Meisner '90 of Knoxville, Tennessee to support travel for full-time female students in good standing pursuing a graduate degree in inorganic chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M.

The JEMS  Scholarship for Collaborative Research was stablished in 2013 by Erin E. '02 and Michael L. '97 Tullos to provide one or more travel scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing a graduate degree from the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M.

The Marcetta Y. and Donald J. Darensbourg Graduate Student Travel Scholarship in Chemistry was established in 2013 by Dawn C. '96 and David A. '88 Mason, in honor of Drs. Marcetta and Donald Darensbourg, to provide one or more travel scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing a graduate degree in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M.

The Eastman Chemical Company Endowment for Graduate Teaching and Travel Awards was established in 2015 to provide travel awards for full-time graduate students in good standing pursuing a graduate degree from the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M.

Applications for travel awards should be prepared in accordance to the following template:

Travel Award Application Template

Awards will be made based on the following criteria:

  1. The meeting's ability to enhance the graduate student experience. This will include issues such as the size of the meeting, the extent to which students will be in contact with other students, faculty, industry representatives, and so forth.
  2. Extent of participation in the meeting (poster, oral presentation, etc.). Extent of matching funds from the meeting organizers, research advisor, or other sources.
  3. Evidence of previous participation at local (TAMU and the surrounding areas) meetings and related activities (Friday noon seminar presentations, ACS regional meetings in Texas, etc.).
  4. Number of previous departmental travel grants awarded (priority may be given to first-time applicants).
  5. Evidence of scientific productivity: Students receiving travel awards may be expected to have already published at least one paper at TAMU, and/or passed their preliminary exam by the application deadline.