Important Travel Award Update

Apply for an Award for

Professional Development or Supplies

Applications due by Friday, June 12th at 5:00 PM MST

Fill out an application here, or at


June 1, 2020

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the Graduate School are announcing the application opening for summer awards. Due to the shutdown, much has changed for us and all students. Though travel to conferences is generally on hold for the foreseeable future, we still want to support graduate students in any way we can. Instead of travel awards, we want to expand the awards to professional development. Broadly, the money from these awards can be applied to registration fees for a virtual conference, covering the licensing fee for software for your home computer, textbooks, a hard drive for backing up your work, gas for approved field work trips, generally any supplies (technology or art) that support your working at home, etc. If you can justify how this money will support your graduate work (and is in compliance with the university) we want to fund it. Please work with your department staff to facilitate purchases (and find out what your department can purchase), as all purchases must go through the university system and approved suppliers. The award is open to all graduate students attending CSU.

For this pilot award period, we are offering $2,500 in awards split into six awards of $250 each and ten awards of $100 each. As this is an unprecedented circumstance, if we receive more money later in the summer we will open the form back up to give more awards.

The application for these awards is similar to the previous travel award, but streamlined. We would like to know about your graduate research or program in general terms, what you would spend the award on, and how that will help support your graduate career.

Applications are due by Friday, June 12th at 5:00 PM MST. Students receiving the award will be notified within 7-10 days and funds will be transferred as quickly as possible to the home department or college of the student.

All students who receive an award must provide an account number so we can transfer funds to their home departments. If the award is applied towards off-campus travel, proof of University approval may need to be submitted. Students must save receipts and provide necessary documentation to their home department for the funds to be provided. It is up to each student to work with their home department to receive the funds once they have been transferred.

Recipients of GSC awards may be contacted by a representative from the Office of University Advancement to gather information on the impact of this pilot award on the recipient’s professional development. This information may be shared with donors for the purpose of donor stewardship.

How to apply:

You can fill out an application here, or at


Please direct any questions to and good luck!


Graduate Student Resources in the Time of COVID-19

On-line Resources to Help Students – These have come out in other Graduate School correspondence, but we wanted to share these with you here again so you have them all in one place. We hope that you will help get the word out to colleagues and graduate students about these helpful resources.

  • Graduate School COVID-19 webpage – updates to Covid-19 exceptions to policies and deadlines for graduate students
  • Graduate School Virtual Office Hours – faculty, students, and program coordinators can get their questions answered by virtual chat on Mondays 2-3 and Thursdays 8-9
  • Virtual Mentor Monday
  • Virtual Professional Development – check here for future, virtual professional development opportunities
  • Virtual CSU Writes
  • CSU Mental Health info on anxiety around Covid-19
  • Silvercloud – online support for students, postdocs, faculty seeking help with depression, anxiety, stress, resilience, or sleep
  • Virtual Graduate Student Council Support Group – Check your email for the Zoom link!
  • Virtual Graduate Student Council Meetings – Check your email for the Zoom link!
  • Rams Against Hunger – Food Insecurity
  • Ram Aid – Housing Insecurity and other needs (Resources in process)
  • You@CSU – online support for students, postdocs, faculty to help them maintain productivity, succeed, thrive, and matter. It has goal setting and support options as well as useful articles on issues like procrastination that may be exacerbated by covid-19.

Second Quarter Travel Award Applications are now Open!

Need funds for your conference travel this quarter?!

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the Graduate School want to remind you that first quarter travel awards are due December 13th at 5:00pm MST. Awards are open to all graduate students who will be presenting their work at a conference, and provide partial funding for conference travel related expenses. Recipients of each award will be determined by evaluating the type of presentation, the type of conference, and service the student provides to the University.

Additionally, the Graduate Student Council and the Graduate School are once again offering Travel Awards at four different tiers:

Tier 1: 10 awards of $250 each (per quarter)

Tier 2: 3 awards of $500 each (per quarter)

Tier 3: 1 award of $1000 (per quarter)

Tier 4: 1 award of $2000 (per semester)

You will find the application on the GSC website along with a frequently asked questions:


Good luck!!


The Graduate Student Showcase was a Success!


Thanks to all who contributed to the Graduate Student Showcase on November 12! The Graduate Student Council was able to award 4 individuals $250 each for their exemplary research and presentation skills! Congratulations to all presenters on your amazing work.


Check out the keynote address and fireside chat here.

Fall Semester is Coming!

Please join us for our back-to-school events. Bring your friends and come meet with other grad students here at CSU! Check out our calendar of events for other ways to get involved this semester.

August 23, 2019 at 5PM at City Park: Picnic!

August 27, 2019 at 6PM in the LRC Senate Chambers: First GSC Meeting of the new semester!

Krazy Karl’s: Pizza Party! Postponed until early September!