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!