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Apply for COSSTA

The College of Science Student Travel Fund (COSSTA) awards are for students in the College who need financial support to attend professional conferences to present their research findings and will help cover certain costs associated with presenting their scholarly work at academic conferences and meetings. These funds are intended to help undergraduate and graduate students take advantage of presentation opportunities to highlight the outstanding academic work of our scholarly community, and ultimately support student success.

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Please be sure you have the following documents prepared:

  1. Statement - 1 page maximum
    A detailed statement from the student describing in their own words (a) the importance of the meeting/conference relative to their academic field of study, (b) how the proposed activity contributes to their academic and professional goals, and (c) an overview of the research they will be presenting.
  2. Biographical sketch - 2 page maximum
    A copy of the student’s résumé or curriculum vitae in a format similar to this template.
  3. Proof of Presentation
    A copy of the listing of the presentation in the schedule of events in pdf format.
  4. Endorsement - 1 page maximum
    Signed letter on OSU letterhead from the student's academic/research advisor, department head, program director, or unit chair/head that (a) relates the importance of the particular meeting/conference, (b) describes the student’s scholarly contribution to the presentation, (c) confirms that the student has made satisfactory academic progress and meets the eligibility requirements above and (d) an index number for matching funds.

Cover Page

First and last name
The index number listed in your advisor's endorsement for matching funds.
Conference to be attended (include name, location, and date)
Abstract of the research to be presented. GROUPS: enter the participant name, program (if not listed above), affiliation, advisor (if not listed above), and purpose (presentation, poster and/or research) above each abstract
Amount requested from the College of Science. Should be less than or equal to 1/3 of the total cost (group requests may not exceed $3,000).
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Documentation

A detailed statement from the student describing in their own words (a) the importance of the meeting/conference relative to their academic field of study, (b) how the proposed activity contributes to their academic and professional goals, and (c) an overview of the research they will be presenting.
One file only.
5 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.
Two-page biographical sketch (see the template). Group: Two pages per member, combined into one file.
One file only.
5 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, doc, docx.
One file only.
5 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf.
Your advisor's written endorsement. This must include:

  1. An endorsement for the student to attend a specific event for the purpose of presenting or conducting research
  2. An index number to provide matching funds.
One file only.
5 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf.
Please be as detailed as possible. Some examples of costs are provided.