Ecological Society of America

Students Information

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Travel Awards
Information and Application

Undergraduate students who have completed NSF-sponsored REU projects in the areas of ecology, evolution, restoration, or environmental science are encouraged to present their research at the 93rd Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 3-8 August 2008.  These students are also invited to apply for an NSF-funded travel award, which will support the participation of up to eight competitively-selected REU participants at this meeting.  Each successful travel award winner will be provided a lump sum payment of $1,000 U.S. to help defray the total costs of round-trip airfare to the meeting, food and lodging, and ESA’s abstract and registration fees.  All applicants must have performed their research either through an NSF REU Site, or through an REU supplement to a regular NSF grant.  Students who will be initiating their REU research in summer 2008 must wait to apply for travel funding to the summer 2009 meeting.  Abstract submissions, which were due February 28, 2008, may be from any area of ecology.  Please see the ESA Annual Meeting website at for examples of the kinds of topics and presentations that are already planned for this meeting.

Click here to download a Microsoft Word document containing the application form for this travel award.  Please fill out the application electronically; save the completed application file as ESA 2008 REU your name (e.g., ESA 2008 REU Val Smith.doc); and then e-mail the completed application file directly to Dr. Val H. Smith, University of Kansas, at by 15 June 2008. 

A short mentor’s letter of recommendation, sent to this same e-mail address, is also required for each award applicant.  Applicants must not send this travel award application to the ESA website, because they will not process it These applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc ESA/REU Travel Award Review and Selection Committee, and competitively-chosen student applicants whose abstracts have already been accepted by ESA will be contacted subsequently by e-mail to confirm their intent to attend the Milwaukee Meeting.  Successful applicants will be contacted in mid- to late June 2008.