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Help College of Ed students travel to conferences

Raised toward our $16,550 Goal
22 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 13, at 10:00 AM CST
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Help College of Ed students travel to conferences

Texas Tech University College of Education is seeking your support for a worthy cause: establishing a travel fund to enable new graduate students to attend professional research conferences.

We're calling it the Student Travel and Academic Research Support (STARS) fund. Your contribution will:

  • Cover conference registration
  • Provide meals
  • Pay for lodging
  • Give more students a chance to gain invaluable academic and professional development experience!

Currently, we only have enough funding to send a student to a conference if the student has an invitation to present. That means just a tiny fraction of our 1,600 graduate students have access to travel funds. We really want to extend the opportunity to all first- and second-year graduate students regardless of if they are presenting.

"Attending conferences can be a life-changing experience and a key step in transitioning from student to expert," said Shirley Matteson, interim associate dean for research and faculty/staff development in the College of Education. "We want to ensure our newer graduate students have an opportunity to learn and network and raise the caliber of their work. We also want to prepare them to successfully present at future conferences."

Our goal is to raise $16,550 by Nov. 13. If we reach this goal, we can provide financial support for 50 students to attend the Southwest Education Research Association Annual Conference from Feb. 12 through Feb. 14 in Arlington.

Most graduate students in the College of Education work full time in K-12 schools. Skills and insight gained from professional research conferences will advance their teaching careers and benefit their fellow educators and the generations of students they will teach throughout their lives.

These travel funds will also further Texas Tech's mission as a nationally competitive Tier One research university. Students in the College of Education are always conducting impactful research in communities across and beyond the State of Texas. Attending conferences will allow them to:

  • Network and collaborate with peers
  • Share their findings on a large scale
  • Remain up to date on cutting-edge research in their field

With your help, our students will become rock stars. They'll have the confidence to reach for the stars. And they'll be thanking their lucky stars for your contribution to our STARS campaign!


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Dinner for 1 night

Provides dinner for one night for one graduate student.


Pre-conference workshop

Covers pre-conference fee for one graduate student attending the SERA training session titled "Survey Design and Instrument Development: How Not to Collect Meaningless Data before the Southwest Educational Research Association Conference." This workshop will concentrate on developing survey questionnaires and research instruments for data collection in education research.


Dinner for 2 nights

Provides dinner for two nights for one graduate student.



Covers conference registration fee for one graduate student.


Hotel for 1 night, 2 students

Provides hotel accommodation for one night for two graduate students.


Hotel for 2 nights, 2 students

Provides two nights hotel accommodation for two graduate students.


Sponsor an educator!

A full ride! Covers conference registration, pre-conference registration and a hotel room and dinner for two nights for one graduate student.

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