Given the impact of the current economic crisis on our members - particularly students - the Executive Board of the NEAA has approved the creation of the NEAA Student Travel Fund. This fund will provide up to $500 for individual students or student groups who demonstrate financial need to offset the costs of attending the 2012 meeting. These funds can be used toward any conference-related expense (travel, conference registration, rooms, meals, etc.). Recipients of travel funding can be graduate or undergraduate students or groups. Students need not be presenting a paper or poster and they are not required to stay at the conference hotel. Students who receive travel funding will, though, be required to attend the conference banquet.
Individuals or groups are asked to submit electronically to Dr. Barrett Brenton, NEAA Interim Treasurer, (firstname.lastname@example.org) a letter requesting funds. This letter should include: the applicant’s name, school affiliation, mail and email addresses; how many individuals will be traveling to the conference; the amount of money they are requesting; the costs being reimbursed by the NEAA funding; other sources of funding that they are requesting; an explanation of their financial hardship; how they will be participating in the conference (e.g., attending, delivering a paper, presenting a poster, assisting in conference functions). All applicants must also include a recommendation letter from a sponsor or faculty member that confirms their eligibility. Application material must be received by Dr. Brenton by February 1, 2013.
Funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis by a committee of NEAA Executive Board and Host Committee members. Student Travel Fund recipients must submit original receipts for funds along with a letter explaining each receipt within two weeks of the conclusion of the conference. Funds will be distributed by the NEAA Treasurer by check after the required documentation is received. Recipients will be able to receive their travel funds at the conference itself. These funds are competitive and will be awarded to those who demonstrate the greatest need.
If you have any questions on the NEAA Student Travel Fund please contact Dr. Barrett Brenton (St. John's) at (718) 990-5662 or email@example.com.