GSC Travel Grants 2012

On December 20, 2012 by Grad Forum

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is proud to provide funding bi-annually for graduate students travelling to conferences. These funds help members of our community get the most out of their studies by helping them get to present their research and meet other experts in their field. Here are the three students who were awarded a grant for Fall term.

Maggie Baber-M.S., Earth Sciences

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting is the world’s largest earth sciences meeting and provides many opportunities for academic and professional engagement. This year AGU had 22,167 attendees from 94 countries, 12,000 posters, 6000 oral presentations. While at AGU, I presented, for the first time, the results of my Masters thesis research at Dartmouth at the conference’s cryosphere poster session. I had the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from experienced scientists in my field, a unique opportunity as I begin editing my thesis, which is due in February. Additionally, I was able to attend several networking meetings to meet with potential employers of industry, government agencies, and national labs.

Matthew Bigl-M.S., Earth Sciences

I started my AGU experience early Monday morning as I was scheduled to present my research at 8:00.Once I got my poster up and was able to peruse the other offerings within the gigantic poster hall before returning to my poster to field questions and discussion from those who stopped by. Following my presentation I spent the next three and a half days listening to talks ranging from citizen science to climate literacy as well as many great geomorphic and climate change related topics that intertwined with my own research. My project is based around a sedimentary feature known as varves which in my case are located in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire and formed in a glacial environment recording summer and winter in one couplet. I had the opportunity to listen to another researcher’s varve project that was based out of Ghana and recorded precipitation and therefore could be used to track drought in the local region.

Carolyn Parkinson- Ph.D. Candidate, Cognitive Neuroscience

The Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s Annual Meeting brings together leading researchers from all over the world.  This year’s conference will be especially significant, as the Society is putting together a special program to mark its 20th anniversary. Attending this meeting will give me the chance to discuss my work at Dartmouth relating the neural encoding of physical and semantic relationships with researchers doing similar work across the country and around the world.  Attending this meeting will also provide me the opportunity to learn about current related research projects, and to connect with potential collaborators. I’m very grateful and honored to be awarded a GSC conference travel grant.  Without this funding from the GSC, it would be very difficult to finance traveling to San Francisco to attend this meeting.

For further information about travel grants and to find out how to apply, please contact Rich Lopez at:

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