NSF Travel Support

The United States National Science Foundation has provided funding in the amount of $15,000 to support student travel grants. The nominal award is $500 toward travel to SODA10. In special cases of large travel costs somewhat larger grants may be given.

Any full-time student in good standing who is affiliated with a United States institution is eligible to receive an award. All awardees are responsible for paying for conference registration. Top priority will be given to students presenting papers at the symposium, with second priority to students who are co-authors of papers to be presented at the symposium. Ties will be broken in favor of students who have not attended a prior SODA.


To be considered, an application must include:

  1. A letter from the student describing his/her academic standing and interests, his/her expected graduation date and degree, advisor's name, and, if available, a URL for a working Web page.
  2. If applicable, the title(s) of the paper(s) to be presented by the student and papers on which the student is a co-author but not presenting at the meeting.
  3. A detailed list of projected expenses, in US dollars. Note that for NSF awards, the only air travel that can be reimbursed is flights on US airlines.
  4. Statement from the student's advisor indicating availability of funds, reason(s) the student is deserving of a travel award, and any special circumstances.


Complete applications must be received at the SIAM office no later than 5PM (EDT) Monday, December 7, 2009.

Winners will be selected by the SODA Steering Committee and will be notified by December 21, 2009.

Expenses up to the $500 limit or, in case the committee awards additional funds, the limit specified in the award notice will be reimbursed after the submission of a summary of expenses together with relevant receipts. Details and the needed forms will be available at the conference.


Applications should be sent by e-mail; attach all documents in pdf format. Send to: [email protected] and use the subject line "SODA10 - NSF Student Travel Award."

Although not the preferred format, applications will be accepted by surface mail. Do not send applications in both formats!
If for some reason surface mail is necessary, send application to:

SODA10 NSF Student Travel Award
c/o Bill Kolata, Technical Director
3600 Market Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688

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