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The SETAC North America Board of Directors established a program to support student travel to SETAC North America annual meetings in 1991. The award grants up to US $400 in travel aid for undergraduate and graduate students. Monetary funds equal to the Student Travel Award must be provided by the student, the student’s institution, advisor or other source. International applicants are welcome.

It is anticipated that approximately seventy-five (75) awards will be made directly to students for the SETAC North America 40th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 3-7 November 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


The applicant must be a current active SETAC student member. Monetary support equal to the travel award must be provided by the student, the student’s institution, advisor or other source. Students can win one award as a master of science and as a Ph.D. student, but they cannot win a minority student/mentor award plus M.S. and Ph.D. awards. A maximum of two awards will be given to any one person. Awards made to undergraduate students will not count toward the two awards. Applicants for Student Travel Awards must submit an abstract and intend to present a platform or poster presentation at the SETAC North America annual meeting.

Application Instructions

Students can apply for a Student Travel Award during the abstract submission process from 1 April–3 June 2020. Failure to meet the 3 June deadline or follow instructions invalidates the application.

The application must include:

  • Proof of an active (paid) student membership with SETAC
  • Completed application form
  • CV or resume (2,000 character maximum)
  • A statement of research goals and accomplishments by the applicant (250 word maximum)
  • A supporting statement by the applicant’s research advisor (single page maximum). Please note that the advisor will receive a separate email requesting a supporting statement. The deadline for the letter of support is 6 June 2020.

Selection Process

Members of the SETAC North America Awards and Fellowships Subcommittee for Travel and Minority Awards evaluate and rank all applications. The number of awards will be limited by available funds, and applicants will be ranked on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Completeness and timeliness of the application package
  • Quality of the abstract
  • Organization and presentation of applicant’s statement of goals and accomplishments
  • Availability to volunteer at the annual meeting

If the number of meritorious applicants exceeds the available funds, selections will be made to ensure a diversity of winners, including fields of study, geography and gender.

Award Procedure

All monetary stipends will be paid at the annual meeting.

For further information, contact Laura Swanson.