MSI & HBCU Student Travel Awards

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The Society of Physics Students, through a grant from the National Science Foundation to the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society, has funding for a limited number of full travel awards (registration, travel, and lodging). These awards are available for students attending minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to attend PhysCon 2016.



  • Applicants must be enrolled in a historically black college or university (HBCU) or minority-serving institution (MSI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Applicants must be undergraduate students at the time of the meeting.
  • Applicants must submit an abstract and present a poster at PhysCon.

Application Procedure

Applications to the PhysCon 2016 MSI/HBCU Student Travel Awards have closed.

If you receive a PhysCon HBCU/MSI Travel Award, you are required to acknowledge the support that you received by including the SPS and NSF logos on your poster. The PhysCon HBCU/MSI Travel Awards will provide funding toward your PhysCon registration, travel to the meeting location (e.g., air fare), and lodging. The SPS National Office will assist award recipients in making these arrangements.

You are required to submit (by December 1, 2016) either a 500-word report on what you gained by attending PhysCon or a 3-5 minute creative and informational video about your experience at PhysCon.

The PhysCon HBCU/MSI Travel Award is funded by NSF through award PHY-1346627.