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College of Science Student Travel Award

College of Science Student Travel Award

Student support for global travel

The College of Science Student Travel Fund (COSSTA) awards are for students in the College who need financial support to attend international professional conferences outside of the country to present their research findings. These funds are awarded quarterly, although a departmental or grant match is required. Please note that due to a high volume of requests and limited funds, we cannot approve every application, unfortunately.

COSSTA funds may only be used for student travel to an international conference (one that is hosted in another country) for the purpose of making a presentation, preferably an oral presentation. The average award amount per individual: $500

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be judged primarily on the basis of scientific merit and potential impact. Reviewers also will consider the prestige of the conference and the potential for broad, positive impact on the research enterprise of the College of Science and Oregon State University.

This award is intended to provide funding that would not normally be available from other sources.


Please combine your applications into a single PDF. Include the following information.

Cover page

  • Student's name
  • Student's Department
  • Student's email and phone number
  • Student's advisor's name
  • Matching funds number
  • Student's academic degree program (i.e. M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Conference name, URL, dates and location
  • Copy of the abstract
  • Confirmation of abstract acceptance, noting whether it is an oral or poster presentation and the date of the presentation, if known.

Biographical sketch

A one-page biographical sketch in the National Science Foundation format. A template is included in the application form for guidance.


An advisor's endorsement of this trip, which must include an index number for matching funds.

Proposal evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated by an ad-hoc Student Travel Fund Review Panel.


The Office of the Dean requires that students who receive a travel award write the following:

  • A thank you note to donors at the time of award
  • A brief report on project accomplishments after the travel/conference.

Please submit your report to the Associate Dean for Research Henri Jansen ( 30 days post-travel.


The annual proposals deadlines are:

  • February 1
  • May 1
  • August 1
  • November 1

Note: Applications may be submitted after these deadlines. All funding awards are subject to availability of funds.

Need help?

Please send any questions to Bettye Maddux ( in the Office of the Dean in the College of Science.