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. Travel grants of up to $500 will be awarded to eligible students. Any full-time undergraduate student in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field at a college/university in the Rochester ACS Section is invited to apply for an Undergraduate Travel Grant. Preference will be given to students who have not previously received the Rochester Section Travel Grants. A maximum of two full travel grants ($500) will be awarded per institution, with preference given to unique faculty mentors.

Travel grant applications for the Spring 2023 ACS National Meeting, “Crossroads of Chemistry”, are now being accepted. Although abstract submissions for this meeting have closed, students whose abstracts have been accepted and who are planning to deliver an oral or poster presentation are eligible to apply for a travel grant. Travel grants may cover the meeting registration fee, travel, and lodging. If the budget allows following the Spring meeting, limited travel grants may be available for the Fall ACS meeting in San Francisco.

In support of the ACS’s core value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR), special consideration may also be given to applicants from underrepresented groups or who have demonstrated a commitment to DEIR principles in their community. For further information, please visit https://www.acs.org/about/diversity.html.

2023 Grant Application Deadlines

Crossroads of Chemistry ACS Spring 2023 March 26 – 30
Indianapolis, IN
Due By Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Harnessing the Power of Data ACS Fall 2023 August 13 – 17
San Francisco, CA
To Be Determined 

Applicants should submit an online application using the linked Google Form


1.) You must have submitted 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 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 Amber Charlebois (afcharleb@gmail.com). 

4.) Following the meeting, we request that students provide any receipts for travel-related expenses or registration fees as well as a short summary of your conference participation and experience.

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.