Women in STEM Research Awards (WiSRA)

Are you a female graduate student in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field? Are you looking for funding to attend a professional meeting or conference?

SciWomen is proud to offer an annual Women in STEM Research Awards (WiSRA). This award aims to give financial assistance to female graduate students who have been accepted to present a talk or posters at a key conference in their field.

Fall 2012 WISRA Award submission is now closed.

Congratulations to SciWomen's 2012 WiSRA Award Recipients:

Award Recipient NameDepartment: 
Agampodi Swarnapali De SIlva IndrasekaraMaterial Science and Engineering
Amanda WenczelSEBS-Haskin Shellfish Research lab
Catherine BeckEarth and Planetary Science
Chathra HendahewaComputer Science
Deniz DaserAnthropology
Divya KarnadGeography
Jeana DrakeOceanography/IMCS
Judith RobinsonEarth and Environmental Sciences
Melissa PrzyborowskiBiomedical Engineering
Natasha HodasEnvironmental Sciences
Sisi MaPsychology
Vandana BajajLinguistics

Please check back in September 2013 for SciWomen's next call for WiSRA applications.

Who is eligible?

Female graduate students who:

  • are in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
  • have been accepted to present research work at an upcoming conference.

How much is the award?

  • The award amount is between $200 to $1000
  • Approximately five awards will be given each year.

How do I apply? 
Complete the online application form. You will be required to provide the following materials:

  1. Your Curriculum Vitae
  2. Rationale for attending the conference and its significance to your career
  3. The abstract of your accepted research presentation
  4. Information about the conference
  5. Proof of acceptance to present
  6. Budget for registration, transportation and lodging
  7. Letter of support from faculty advisory, faculty member or chair

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am not the first author credited on the research, am I still eligible for the Women in STEM Research Award?
Even if you are not the first author you can still be eligible for the award.

How many times will the award be given out during the school year?
As of now there is only one award date each year. If you cannot prove registration to participate in a research conference by the submission deadline then you will not be eligible for the award. If the demand remains high and funding is available SciWomen will work to create more award opportunities in the spring.

To whom do I address my application letter?
A selection committee composed of faculty and students representing science (physical and biological), engineering, mathematics, social science and health science will review the applications. Please address all applications to: The Selection Committee.

I am registered for a research conference but it occurs before the award date, can I still apply?
Yes, you can still apply. In this scenario instead of providing a proposed budget you will supply your actual expenses for the trip. If you are found eligible for the award you will receive a stipend for your expenses. Please take into consideration that the award will not cover all your expenses.

If multiple authors of one research project apply for the award who will be deemed eligible?
Sciwomen hopes to give all authors a fair chance at obtaining an award. We do not wish to discourage any researchers from applying for the award in the case a fellow author also plans on applying. As a result, all authors on a research project will be eligible, however, all will not receive a separate award. The Selection Committee will determine how best to award the group and meet the needs of each author applicant to a certain extent.  *Additional group application details will be available with the online application form.

Does the Letter of Support have to be submitted by my Faculty Advisor or can I submit it with the rest of my documents?
The online application form will allow either you or your supervisor to submit the Letter of Support. Please follow the instructions on the form.