Travel Grants: 2015 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM

Welcome to the travel award application process for the 2015 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM. The ERN Conference is cosponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the NSF Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR).  The conference will be held in Washington, D.C., on February 19-21, 2015.

A limited number of travel awards are available for students who are selected for poster or oral presentations at the ERN Conference.  Please check with your advisor to determine if you should apply for a travel award.

The 2015 ERN Travel Award covers the conference registration fee, housing, airfare, and ground transportation.  The conference begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 19th, and ends at midnight on Saturday, February 21st.

Your hotel guest room cost at the conference hotel will be covered for the following nights:
Feb 19th, 20th, and 21st, (for students traveling from Hawaii, hotel costs will also be covered for Wednesday night, Feb 18th)

ERN Conference staff will book the hotel reservations for all travel award recipients.

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the following criteria:

  1. Academic achievement and
  2. STEM career interest.

For award finalists, we will contact faculty mentors to verify student GPAs and for an explanation of why travel support cannot be paid from their NSF grant or other sources.

The Travel Award Application Deadline is at MIDNIGHT (PST), on Friday, October 3, 2014.

Eligibility for ERN Travel Award

ERN Travel Award applicants must be:

(A)  Undergraduate or graduate students who participate in research or education projects funded by one of the following NSF Programs*:

  • Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP);
  • Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST);
  • Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Scholars;
  • EntryPoint;
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP);
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP);
  • LSAMP-Bridges to the Doctorate;
  • National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)Scholars;
  • Research in Disabilities Education (RDE);
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs); and
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP).

(B)  Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident

(C)  Must be accepted to present a poster or oral presentation at the 2015 ERN Conference.

**The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) is also working with AAAS to increase the number of African American and other underrepresented minority physics students who participate in the ERN conference.

To begin the travel award application process, please access the following link:

Key Deadlines:

  • Applications for travel awards must be submitted by Oct 3, 2014.
  • Notifications of travel awards will be sent by Nov 11, 2014.
  • The Abstract Submission deadline is Oct 3, 2014.

Abstract Submission Process

All travel award recipients must be accepted to present a poster or oral presentation at the 2015 ERN Conference in STEM.

Complete information regarding the Student Abstract Submission Process is available at:

For complete conference information, please visit the ERN Conference website at:

For questions or clarification, please contact Donna Behar at

Best regards,
AAAS ERN Conference Staff