Travel Grants Program


Travel grants are provided through a joint effort of the Computer Science Graduate Student Board and the Department of Computer Science. The spirit of the GSB Travel Grant is intended to provide partial financial support for graduate students presenting their research at high-quality conferences when their academic advisor is unable to provide funding.

Grants usually amount to $500-$1000 depending on the quality of the paper/conference and there is a limit of one grant per paper.

The program is currently sponsored by the Corporate partners program of the Department of Computer Science. This fund is quite limited and is to be seen as a last resort, not as an alternative to other available travel money. It is expected that students pursue all available funding opportunities and are able to document the sources tried. These sources, for example, include:

  1. Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG) offers travel grants each semester.
  2. A number of conferences offer student travel grants and give preference to authors of accepted papers.
  3. For security-related research, Center for Education in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) offers student travel support.
  4. The Women in Science Program (WISP)
  5. AGEP initiative offer student travel support.
  6. Fellowships might have funds for student travel.


  1. The work must have been performed while a member of the Department of Computer Science.
  2. The student must be the presenter of the paper.
  3. The student must be a degree seeking graduate student in the Department of Computer Science.
  4. The student's academic advisor must not have funds to support the travel (confirmed by the CS Business Office and the advisor).
  5. It must be the case that no other student from the Department of Computer Science is funded to go to the conference because of the same paper.

Evaluation Process

The number of the grants issued depends on the availability of the funds. The evaluation process is based on the following (and possibly other) criteria:

  • Quality of the conference
  • Quality of the paper
  • Conference acceptance rate
  • Student's record

Note: There is no consideration of domestic versus international conferences.

All applications will be evaluated by a committee consisting of two students and two faculty members. The faculty advisor of the GSB is the chair of the evaluation committee. The committee's decision will be passed to the Department Head for final approval.

Application Process

Each applicant needs to submit the following items:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. A nomination letter from the advisor stating:
    1. Why he/she cannot fund the trip with his/her research grants or unrestricted gift funds
    2. Who will pay the remaining amount of the total travel cost
  3. Call for participation for the conference that includes the members of the program committee
  4. Acceptance letter from the program chair with paper reviews
  5. The paper itself
  6. Applicant's vita or resume

Submission: Please e-mail all materials (in PDF format) to the GSB Travel Grant Coordinator (see officers page). If you cannot e-mail all the materials, please e-mail the GSB Travel Grant Coordinator for other arrangements.


This program has an open deadline. However, applications should be received within two weeks of the paper's acceptance and before the actual travel.


You should be contacted within 3 days of submission by the GSB Travel Grant Coordinator confirming the receipt of the application. If not, please contact (him/her) via e-mail.

The applications should be evaluated during a period of about two weeks to four weeks, and all applicants will be notified at the end of that period. However, depending on the time of year or scheduling conflicts, the evaluation of an application may take longer.

Past Recipients

Spring 2017

  • Yongyang Yu
    • Paper Title: In-memory Distributed Matrix Computation Processing and Optimization
    • Conference: 2017 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE’17)

Fall 2008

  • J. C. Chin
    • Paper Title: Accurate Localization of Low-level Radioactive Source Under Noise and Measurement Errors
    • Conference: The 6th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys08)

Fall 2007

  • Barry Wittman
    • Paper Title: Approximation Algorithms for the Traveling Repairman and Speeding Deliveryman Problems with Unit-Time Windows
    • Conference: 10th Intl. Workshop on Approximation Algorithms for Combinatorial Optimization Problems (APPROX 2007)
  • J. C. Chin
    • Paper Title: On Intelligent Mobile Target Detection in a Mobile Sensor Network
    • Conference: The Fourth IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS 2007)

Spring 2007

  • Fijoy Vadakkumpadan
    • Paper Title: EMBRIOSS: Electromagnetic Brain Imaging by Optimization in Spectral Space
    • Conference: IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro (ISBI 2007)

Fall 2006

  • Qiqi “Denny” Wong
    • Paper Title: GPU-Based Visualization Techniques for 3D Microscopic Imaging Data
    • Paper Title: GICEB: Automatic Segmentation Algorithm for Biomedical Images
    • Conference: Computational Imaging Symposium of SPIE and IS&T Electronic Imaging Conference
  • Maleq Khan
    • Paper Title: A Fast Distributed Approximation Algorithm for Minimum Spanning Trees
    • Conference: 20th International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC 2006)

Fall 2005

  • Fijoy Vadakkumpadan
    • Paper Title: POSS: Efficient Non-linear Optimization for Parameterization Methods
    • Conference: Vision Geometry XIV, SPIE and IS&T Electronic Imaging
  • Jorge Ramos
    • Paper Title: Feature-Based Generators for Time Series Data
    • Conference: Winter Simulation Conference
travel_grants.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/26 17:02 by savvas
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