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Announcing Travel Grant Award Winners

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Graduate College is pleased to announce the awardees of the Fall 2019 Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant and Master’s Project Travel Grant.

“It’s exciting to see the range of locations throughout the US and the world to which our students are venturing.  With research processes becoming increasingly global, it’s great that our students are building collaborations with overseas labs, conducting fieldwork, and developing international networks." —Ken Vickery, Graduate College Director of Fellowships

Dissertation Travel Grant Awardees

Aimee Carbaugh (Anthropology)
Setare Hajarolasvadi (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Ellen Haynes (Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology)
Sanghoon Kim (Political Science)
Beatruz Maldonado (Anthropology)
Forrest McSweeney (East Asian Languages & Cultures)
Ali Momen-Heravi (Architecture )
Elena Pelech (Plant Biology)
Jane Pyo (Institute of Communications Research)
Arun Sreekumar (Business Administration)
Tianjun Sun (Psychology)
Daniel Swanson (Entomology)
Anna Tsiola (Linguistics)
Nolan Vallier (Music)
Adrian van der Velde (History)
Ozge Yenigun (Urban & Regional Planning)
Hany Zayed (Sociology)

Dissertation Travel Grants support travel and associated costs necessary for doctoral dissertation research, whether for exploring a potential dissertation topic or for conducting dissertation research.

Master’s Project Travel Grant Awardees

Nimot Ogumfemi (Educational Psychology)
Swati Rastogi (Urban & Regional Planning)
Alexis Stewart (Urban & Regional Planning)

Master’s Project Travel Grants provide funding for short term projects where travel for research or creative work is required for degree completion.

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The awardees are selected by the Graduate College’s Fellowship Board through a rigorous review process.  The Fellowship Board is comprised of faculty members and graduate students from multiple departments across campus, and together they evaluate nominations on the basis of the student’s scholarly record, the necessity for travel, and the significance, coherence, and feasibility of the project.

Please visit the Graduate College’s Fellowship Finder database for more information about these awards.