Undergraduate Travel Grants

The Rochester Section Undergraduate Travel Grant Program provides funds each year to support travel for undergraduate students to attend a professional ACS conference at which they will present their research.

Any full-time undergraduate student in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field at a college/university in the Rochester ACS Section is eligible for an Undergraduate Travel Grant. Preference will be given to students who have not received the Rochester Section ACS Undergraduate Travel Grant in the past.

Announcing special details for 2022:
Due to COVID-19, the Rochester Section Undergraduate Travel Grant Program has been modified for 2022.

This year, because 2022 will be having virtual and in-person meetings, the Local Section is offering grants to undergraduate students attending ACS-sponsored conferences for the cost of registration and travel fees up to $400 (proof of travel expenses such as flights and/or lodging will be required).

Registration for the ACS Spring National Meeting being held virtually and in-person from March 20-24, 2022 will open by January 10th. All attendees and presenters will be required to register. Student registration fees have been set at $149 (virtual attendance) and $199 (hybrid attendance). Abstracts for this conference are no longer being accepted, but registration will remain open through the end of the meeting. Travel grants will cover registration fees for students attending virtually, and travel grants will cover travel and lodging expenses for students attending with the hybrid method.

2022 Grant Application Deadlines

Spring 2022: Bonding through Chemistry (March 20-24 in San Diego, CA)
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Fall 2022: Sustainability in a Changing World (August 21-25 in Atlanta, GA)

To Be Determined

Applicants should submit an online application using the linked Google Form


1.) Submit your abstract by the conference deadlines and then complete the google form application before the specified grant applications deadlines above.

2.) Ask your research advisor to complete the following google form to provide a 500-word limit recommendation statement for why you should receive the travel grant.

3.) Email a copy of your CV to the Travel Grant Organizer with the email header “CV for Travel Grant Application”. This year’s Travel grant Organizer is James Stair (jstair@ur.rochester.edu).

4.) After the symposium, you will also need to provide any receipts for travel-related expenses or registration fees as well as a short summary of your conference participation. This information will be conveyed to recipients of the travel grants prior to the conference.

The only criteria are that you are presenting your research, are in good academic standing at an institution in the Rochester Local Section, and that your research advisor supports your participation.