Student Travel Grant Program

The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) Student Travel Grant Program supports undergraduate and graduate students to attend and talk at conferences in any domain of Data Science, AI, and Machine Learning. To be in scope for this grant, the work reported should involve an innovation in systems, methods, or algorithms for data collection and management, modeling, analysis, or decision making, or the use of these for knowledge discovery in application domains.

Applications accepted any time.

Award Funding

Students are eligible to receive up to $500 awards. 

The amount of funding awarded is dependent on the overlap with the stated scope of support for the program and the financial needs of the student. Funds will be transferred to the academic department of the student for reimbursement purposes. Applications will be reviewed competitively at the end of each month. A limited number of grants will be available each semester, depending on funding. Prospective applicants should check on availability before applying. 

Award Criteria

Each student may receive no more than one grant each academic year under the program. Preference will be given to students:

  1. Whose travel aligns with the relevance and scope of the program; 
  2. Other sources of support are limited or unavailable; 
  3. The proposed impact of the event on the professional development of the student (detailed in Faculty letter of support).

All travel supported by TAMIDS must conform to Texas A&M University travel policy

How to Apply

Applications for travel grants should be submitted as a single PDF file to this Qualtrics Form. The file should comprise the following items:

  1. Summary Page, including
    1. Heading: “Data Science Travel Grant”
    2. Student name, UIN, department, email address
    3. Research advisor name, department, email address
    4. Conference name, location, and dates
    5. Title of talk (if applicable) and whether accepted at conference
    6. Estimated costs: total, broken out for registration, transportation, and subsistence
    7. Statement of any other travel funds available and whether applied for, e.g. departmental, advisor research sponsorship, or conference student travel grants program.
  2. Student resume (two-page maximum)
  3. Statement of support from research advisor, including how the reported work falls in the scope of Data Science by the criteria described above (400 words maximum)
    1. Importance of conference to their studies, the field, etc
    2. The impact on the professional development of the student
  4. Statement of approval for travel request from generated from Concur

Enquiries concerning this and other matters should be addressed to: Drew Casey, Assistant Director of Program Engagement, drew.casey@tamu.edu.


Past Program Presentations

Click here to view past Travel Grant Presentations.