Student Participation in Academic Conferences/Lectures
The Berry Center provides monetary support for student scholarship in the areas of economics, business, and public policy. In addition to supporting internships and independent study projects, the Berry Center is also committed to funding student participation in conferences or meetings that are of an academic or professional nature. Students may make presentations, participate in panels, or simply attend sessions.
Some projects recently funded by the Berry Center include Alexandra Fleming's participation in the Washington Center's Top Secret National Security Seminar, Amber Fricke's attendance of a conference hosted by Civil Rights.org, a bus trip to see Jared Diamond lecture at Coe College and student and faculty attendance at the Athgo Conference.
- The conference must be substantially related to economics, business, or public policy.
- The conference must be supported by a faculty sponsor.
- Students traveling to attend academic conferences or professional meetings may be accompanied by their faculty sponsors, but this is not required.
- Funds can be used to defray the costs of travel, lodging, food, materials, and services. They cannot be used to pay stipends to either the student or faculty advisor.
- The monetary support is intended for student use, and will not be available to faculty sponsors.
- It is expected that the conference will result from or lead to academic credit, but that is not a requirement.
- Conferences are typically expected to be undertaken by individual students; however projects involving a collaborative effort by a group of students will also be considered.
- Funding recipients will be asked to submit digital photos of their participation in the conference, as well as a report to the Berry Center at the conclusion of the conference, summarizing outcomes and itemizing expenses.
To apply, submit the following to the Berry Center Associate Director, Box 2446 or 216 College Hall:
- Application found here.
- Completed recommendation from your faculty sponsor found here.
- A copy of your academic transcript from the Registrar’s office.
Conferences taking place September 2011-December 2011: Deadline is July 1, 2011
Conferences taking place January-May 2012: Deadline is November 1, 2011
Conferences taking place June-August 2012: Deadline is April 1, 2012
Early submissions are encouraged. Late materials will disqualify your application.
If you have additional questions about the Berry Center-funded student conferences, please contact Berry Center Associate Director Jamie Waldron.