Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Presentation Scholarship

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Conference Presentation Scholarship. Click on the question to see the answer.

1. What is the mission of the Conference Presentation Scholarship program?

The Conference Presentation Scholarship recognizes the amount of work that is required to conduct significant research of the quality appropriate for presentation at a conference. will be awarded based on the students' accomplishments and will not be a reimbursement for travel.

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2. How much money is provided by the Conference Presentation Scholarships?

Regional or student conference: $300 (excluding RSCA, CARS, and SCCUR, please see the SCCUR website).
National professional conference: $600
International professional conference: $800

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3. Am I eligible for a conference travel grant?

Both undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled at least part-time can apply for this scholarship. Only one Conference Presentation Scholarship can be awarded to a student during the current academic year. If a student’s scholarship is denied, they can re-apply the following month for the same conference or a different conference.

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4. How do I qualify for scholarship?

The student must submit proof of abstract acceptance listing them as an author on the project. A faculty mentor must submit an evaluation form supporting the student's involvement and significant contributions to the project.

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5. Should each member of my group apply for a scholarship separately?

Yes, scholarships are awarded to students on an individual basis.

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6. How do I apply for a scholarship?

Applications can be submitted online (link) and are accepted on a rolling basis with monthly review deadlines on the 2nd Friday of each month (deadlines for current academic year on main page). After you apply for the scholarship you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your application submission for your records. Award notifications will be sent out by the end of the month.

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7. Does the application need to be submitted before the conference?

Students can apply anytime during the current funding period. Priority consideration will be given to students who have not yet attended the conference to encourage students to use the scholarship for conference costs.

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8. I am presenting at a conference on research I conducted prior to being a student at Cal Poly Pomona or as a part of a summer program at another institution. Am I still eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Students who completed their project at another institution are eligible and can apply for a scholarship after all other applications have been considered for the current academic year August through May. Priority funding will be given to students who conducted research at CPP under CPP Faculty mentors.

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9. I am attending but not presenting. Does that make a difference?

The purpose of the scholarship is to fund students who plan to present at the conference as a lead or co-author. The scholarship is an award for the student’s accomplishments doing research and accepted to present at a conference. For this reason, students who will not present and only plan to attend are not eligible.

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10. What is the source of funding for scholarships?

Scholarships are funded through combination of State funding the Office of Undergraduate receives annually, as well as funds from grant programs through Foundation that support scholarships for students engaged in research and scholarly activities.

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11. How many awards are given out?

It depends on the funds allotted to the office budget and from temporary grants that are awarded on a year to year basis. In prior academic years, we were able to fund approximately 80 scholarships with an average award of $600.

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12. What if I want to appeal a conference presentation scholarship committee decision?

Students who are denied funding will receive an email stating the reason they were denied. If you would like to appeal this decision or have further questions about your application, please us at To make sure we can respond to your request in a timely manner, we request that your appeal be made within 30-days of the award decision.

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13. I would like to apply for travel reimbursement? Can you recommend programs I am eligible to apply for?

We recommend you contact your college, department, and any research programs you may be a part of regarding travel funds available to attend the conference. The Administrative Fund provides travel reimbursement to attendance at conferences and professional development opportunities.

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14. What if I have more questions?

If you need further assistance or would like to know more about the Conference Presentation Scholarship, please contact us at (909) 869-5296 or send us an email at

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If you need further assistance or would like to know more about the Conference Presentation Scholarship, please contact us at (909) 869-5296 or send us an email at .