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Graduate Student Professional Development Awards

GSPDA Changes for Spring 2021

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, all College travel has been suspended through July 31, 2021. However, the Graduate Student Professional Development Award can still help you with your professional development goals! Many organizations are offering webinars or moving planned conferences to a virtual format. If there is a virtual event in your field or directly related to your graduate project you would like to participate in, you can use the GSPDA to help you with registration costs (only registration costs will be reimbursed). To do so, please complete this Graduate Student Professional Development Reimbursement Award application form and forward to your faculty sponsor. Your faculty sponsor will then need to to approve and forward the application to us no later than one week before the virtual event takes place. A reflective summary after the event will still be required.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Debbie Mathewson at

For Future Opportunities/Travel after July 31, 2021

General Guidelines for Future Travel

How To Apply

Step 1: Complete the GSPDA Application
Step 2: Forward Application to your Faculty Sponsor
Step 3: Faculty Sponsor forwards your application to ORSI
Step 4: Receive Your Award!
Step 5 (After Virtual Event): Reimbursement and Reporting Requirements

GSPDA Forms and FAQ

GSPDA Guidelines Sheet

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