Graduate Student Travel Award

Typically, there is an application window each Fall and Spring, with deadlines in October and March, respectively.   

To apply for conference travel assistance, you must complete the application. The application will be available again once the assistance program reopens.

There are two parts. The first part is completed by the graduate student. When the student enters the advisor's email address, a second part of the application will be sent directly to the advisor. Both parts must be completed for consideration.

Funding is competitive and limited, and a review process will be used to evaluate applications.  

General Guidelines

  • All WPI graduate students are eligible to apply and must still be a WPI graduate student at the time of the conference itself. 
  • You can apply only if you are giving an oral or poster presentation at a regional, national, or international meeting.   
  • Funds may not be used to attend a meeting if you are not the presenting author.    
  • Funds may not be used for networking or collaborative visits that are not associated with a conference.   
  • Funds cannot be used for society memberships.
  • Students may apply no more than once per academic year.    
  • There is no limit on the number of graduate students from a Principal Investigator's group that may apply each year, but this may affect the award decisions.  
  • If an award is being made, the student will be given $500 or $1000 towards travel including conference registration, travel to the meeting location, and hotel accommodations. (Meals are not covered by the Travel Fund.) The Principal Investigator or Department/Program should fund the rest of the costs. The student should not be responsible for these expenses. 
  • Acceptable items include transportation, lodging, meeting registration, and poster printing. Meals are not supported.
  • All expense reports should be completed in Workday or by manual form and forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies at 60 Prescott St. or submitted online to Amy Case at, within one month of the date of the conference. Any funds not claimed within one month of the conference date will be forfeited.
  • Here is the link to the HUB site article with instructions for completing your expense report: The WPI Hub | Article | Workday Expense Reports. Be sure to include “Graduate Travel Award” in the comments section, as well as in the header and expense line Memo fields of the expense report, along with the name, date and location of the conference that you attended.
  • In the event that your expenses exceed the amount of your travel award, you will need to split your expense(s) and provide an additional funding source.
  • If you do not have a paid position or are on a fellowship, then you must use the manual expense report form as the option to create an expense report. In this case, you should return your completed Student Non-Employee WPI expense report, including all receipts, to Amy Case, Office of Graduate Studies, 60 Prescott Street, Suite 200 or online at for reimbursement.
  • Please refer to the Student Non-Employee WPI expense report

Fall 2019 Graduate Student Travel Award Recipients

Aihaitijiang, Abudula Robotics Engineering
Almazyad, Fadi Foisie Business School
Alqaisi, Zaid Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ashouri Choshali, Habibeh Civil & Environmental Engineering
Azhari, Luqman Materials Science & Engineering
Azizi, Shima Foisie Business School
Bate, Teagan Physics
Brzycki, Cassandra Chemical Engineering
Carvalho, Paulo Robotics Engineering
Chandrasekaran, Kavin Data Science
Chen, Mengyuan Materials Science & Engineering
Chen, Yinduo Civil & Environmental Engineering
Chiluisa, Alex Robotics Engineering
Collins, Joseph Chemical Engineering
Constanzo, Ian Electrical & Computer Engineering
Crowley, Elizabeth Biology & Biotechnology
Daralagodu Dattatreya Jois, Sathwik Bharadwa Physics
Dimas, Geri Data Science
Ding, Qingli Materials Science & Engineering
Diouri, Kaoutar Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dupere, Justine Physics
Gandomi, Katie Robotics Engineering
Gerlach, Kyle Civil & Environmental Engineering
Gerych, Walter Data Science
Giri, Binod Mechanical Engineering
Gleason, Matthew Materials Science & Engineering
Grubbs, Jack Materials Science & Engineering
Hao, Haichen Interactive Media and Game Development
Hao, Zhaopeng Mathematical Science
Hartvigsen, Thomas Data Science
Herlihy, Conor Biology & Biotechnology
Ho Thanh, Minh-Tri Physics
Huang, Weixiao Data Science
Jackson, Lela Chemistry & Biochemistry
Jain, Prateek Foisie Business School
Jebeli, Mahvash Biomedical Engineering
Jimenez Castillo, Luis Foisie Business School
Jin, Hyunsoo Materials Science & Engineering
Kakar, Tabassum Data Science
Khoja, Basma Foisie Business School
Kocharyan, Hirachya Aerospace Engineering
Kouhizadeh, Mahtab Foisie Business School
Krishnan, Rahul Systems Engineering
Huhlman, Caitlin Computer Science
Kulkarni, Abhishek Robotics Engineering
Kushnir, Kateryna Physics
Li, Guangjiang Physics
Li, Lening Robotics Engineering
Li, Wenjing Mathematical Science
Li, Yichen Interactive Media & Game Development
Liu, Haitao Data Science
Liu, Yingnan Data Science
Liu, Yangtao Materials Science & Engineering
Luo, Jianjun Data Science
Mahajan, Shruti Computer Science
Mansoor, Hamid Computer Science
Masroor Shalmani, Maryam Mechanical Engineering
Massar, Christopher Materials Science & Engineering
McClintick, Kyle Electrical & Computer Engineering
McGovern, Sean Robotics Engineering
Mercadante, Dayna Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Mombini, Haadi Foisie Business School
Mudgal, Aditya Materials Science & Engineering
Munawar, Adnan Robotics Engineering
Norouzi Nia, Javad Foisie Business School
Nunez, Guillermo Carlo Mathematical Sciences
Oyewole, Deborah Materials Science & Engineering
Pal, Anusuya Physics
Pearce, Katherine Chemistry & Biochemistry
Pi, Xiaoyue Fire Protection Engineering
Prignano, Lindsey Chemistry
Qifti, Androniqi Chemistry & Biochemistry
Rameshwar, Raagini Robotics Engineering
Robbins, Emily Biomedical Engineering
Robinson, Lynnete Mathematical Science
Santawisook, Patchara Mathematical Science
Sen, Devdip Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sun, Huaming Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Tang, Haimi Mechanical Engineering
Tarabein, Karim Robotics Engineering
Thadajarassiri, Jidapa Data Science
Tian, Xin Aerospace Engineering
Unni Krishnan, Achyuthan Mechanical Engineering
Uzonwanne, Vanessa Materials Science & Engineering
Vanaphuti, Panawan Materials Science & Engineering
Vargas Blanco, Diego Biology & Biotechnology
Vieira, Andre Chemistry & Biochemistry
Votta, Ann Robotics Engineering
Weiss, Matthew Data Science
Wiratchotisatian, Pitchaya Data Science
Worthington, Shari Foisie Business School
Xu, Yao Materials Science & Engineering
Yang, Mengqiao Mechanical Engineering
Ye, Jiaxuan Mathematical Science
You, Di Data Science
Youyen, Wiphu Physics
Yu, Haixuan Materials Science & Engineering
Yu, Yi Mathematical Science
Zhang, Yubin Materials Science & Engineering
Zhang, Ziyang Chemical Engineering
Zhang, Huayi Data Science
Zhou, Ying Biology & Biotechnology
Zhou, Zhiru Chemical Engineering
Zhu, Ziling Electrical & Computer Engineering