The Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.

The objectives of the conference are to help undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their science communication skills and to better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce.

The 2016 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM Travel Award will cover the conference registration, housing, airfare, and ground transportation.

***For travel award recipients, AAAS staff will process the conference registration and make the hotel arrangements.***

A limited number of travel awards are available for students who are selected for poster or oral presentations at the ERN Conference. Please check with your advisor to determine if you should apply for a travel award.

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the following criteria: (1) academic achievement and (2) STEM career interest. For award finalists, we will contact faculty mentors to verify student GPAs and for an explanation of why travel support cannot be paid from their NSF grant or other sources.

Eligibility for ERN Travel Award

ERN Travel Award applicants:

(A) Must be undergraduate or graduate students who participate in research or education projects funded by one of the following NSF programs*:

  • Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP);
  • Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST);
  • Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI-REM) Scholars;
  • EntryPoint;
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP);
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and LSAMP Bridges to the Doctorate;
  • National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) Scholars;
  • Research in Disabilities Education (RDE);
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs); and
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP).

(B) Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

(C) Must be accepted to present a poster or oral presentation at the 2016 ERN Conference in STEM.

*The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) is also working with AAAS to increase the number of African American and other underrepresented minority physics students who participate in the ERN conference.

Travel Award Application Process

To begin the application process, please access the following link:


Key dates related to the travel award application process:

  • Applications for travel awards must be submitted by midnight (PST) on October 2, 2015.

Travel Award notifications will be sent by November 13, 2015.

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