Applications are open for the Pierazzo International Student Travel Award established by the Planetary Science Institute in memory of Senior Scientist Betty Pierazzo. The aim of the award is to support and encourage graduate students to build international collaborations and relationships in planetary science.
The Award is open to those applicants who are a graduate student at the time of the meeting at which he or she proposes to make a presentation. Each year, the program offers two awards on contingent upon there being meritorious applications.
One will be awarded to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution within the U.S. The second award will be to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution outside of the U.S.
Who May Eligible:
To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:
- The applicant must be a graduate student at the time of the meeting at which he or she proposes to make a presentation.
- The applicant must attend the meeting as a condition for receiving the award.
How to Apply & Competitions Rules:
To participate, the applicants must submit all the following and should be emailed directly to email@example.com with the name of the applicant in the subject.
- Application: Students are asked to supply the enumerated items below in a single PDF file no longer than 5 pages.
- The content of the application must be in English.
- A short description of the work you plan to present. Title and abstract are desirable, but it is recognized that this will be more difficult to provide for meetings later in the calendar year.
- A letter stating:
- Your contact information (email, phone, mailing address).
- Your educational institution, the degree you are seeking (must be a D. or equivalent), and the likely date of completion of your degree.
- Name and email address of your faculty advisor and additional references.
The name and location of the meeting, its URL (if available) and the name and email of the meeting organizer.
- The expected scientific significance of the work you plan to present.
- How you expect to benefit by attending this meeting (e.g., planned meetings and interactions with senior international colleagues).
- A CV for the student listing educational background, degree status, significant awards or accomplishments, and publications to date, if any.
- A proposed travel budget including transportation, accommodation, any field trips, conference-related courses, and registration fee.
- Letters of Recommendation (outside the 5 page limit of the application): A letter of recommendation from the graduate student’s advisor is requested. Up to two additional letters of recommendation may also be provided.
- Logistics: Students receiving the Pierazzo International Student Travel Award are requested to submit a meeting report to PSI outlining how their attendance benefitted their study within one month of the meeting. This will be used in whole or in part to solicit additional funding to support the Award. In addition, we request a copy of the student’s presentation.
- The award will consist of a certificate and up to $2000US. The award will be presented by a PSI representative at the meeting.
- Two awards will be made each year, contingent upon there being meritorious applications.
- One will be awarded to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution within the U.S. This is to support travel to a planetary science related meeting (conferences and workshops) outside of the U.S.
- The second award will be to a graduate student working on his or her Ph.D. at an institution outside of the U.S. This is to support travel to a planetary science related meeting within the U.S.
- These include general meetings that have planetary-focused sessions such as the AGU, GSA, EGU, and IAG. All meetings must be open to general participation by the planetary community to be eligible.
The deadline for 2019 awards is 9 PM MST, November 29, 2018.