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I. Funding for Student Travel Related to Scientific Research

Students are permitted to pre-apply for scientific conference/meeting travel funds for up to $1000 per student/per year.

The process for applying for student travel funds is now one single application that reaches both the Sigma XI committee (the president, Cat Norris, in consultation with the executive committee) and the Professional Opportunities Fund Program Administrator, Debbie Thompson.

Students are eligible if they are attending a meeting where they are presenting research results.

Before You Travel

Please complete the Application for Conference Travel Funding through Sigma Xi and the Professional Opportunities Fund at least FOUR WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR CONFERENCE/MEETING.  Your application will be processed in a timely way and you will be notified via email regarding the decision of your application submission.

After You Travel

Complete a conference report using these Post Approval Process instructions.

Fill out a travel reimbursement form [pdf] Please complete the following on the form: travel dates, descriptions, and dollar amounts.  Make sure that you sign the form in the lower left or your form cannot be processed.  Print this form, attach ORIGINAL receipts, and either send (via campus mail) or drop off to Debbie Thompson (Provost’s Office – Parrish E204) who will finalize the reimbursement information. The reimbursement form will then be sent to the Business Office for payment processing.  Payments are usually made as a direct deposit within two weeks.  NOTE: if you are not signed up for direct deposit already, please go into mySwarthmore and set it up as it will make your payment quicker.

Note: The national Sigma Xi organization provides larger travel grants for student research. Visit their site.


II. Funding for Summer Scientific Research

Our Swarthmore chapter of Sigma Xi has funds available to support student research projects, consistent with Sigma Xi’s goal of promoting student involvement in multi-disciplinary scientific research. On-campus research projects will be prioritized. Sigma Xi uses the NSE divisional procedure for reviewing and disbursing research stipends to students for summer projects. We anticipate making one to three summer research awards per year. These awards must be for the full amount of $4500 per stipend (or adjusted to match the school funding). In summer 2017, we funded one summer research stipend.


III. Funding other student-centered research endeavors

Sigma Xi set aside a small pot of money to fund non-traditional student-centered research endeavors.  These funds are open to all science students and faculty and will be awarded on a case-by-case basis to compelling cases.  Please directly contact Sigma Xi President, Cat Norris -