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Graduate Student Senate receives funding increase for research, travel grants

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 17, 2006) -- The Graduate Student Senate has received more funding this school year to offer larger grants to a greater number of graduate students seeking support for research and professional travel. 

Provost Kathy Krendl increased the amount of funding from $27,000 to $50,000 to boost the opportunities provided by the Graduate Student Senate Grants for Original Work and Graduate Student Senate Travel Grants programs. The new funding will be combined with a surplus of $6,000 from last year's fund, raising the total to $56,000. Vision OHIO, the university's strategic plan, prioritizes graduate student research. 

"We're really excited about it -- it gives us much better opportunities to fund graduate student research and will make our grants more prestigious," said Dominic Barbato, president of the Graduate Student Senate and a graduate student in political science. "We're going to do a lot of advertising to let students know that there is much more funding available to them this year."

Previously, the Graduate Student Senate offered seven to 10 original work grants at $500 and 10 to 15 travel grants at $300. The new funding will allow the senate to support about 12 original work grants at $750 and 25 travel grants at $500, said Nihar Shah, chair of the Graduate Student Senate grant committee.

Students may apply for the travel grants to cover the cost of attending conferences or seminars to present the results of their research or to participate in professional development seminars, Shah explained. A lottery determines the recipients. 

The original work grants provide funding for research and creative activities in the arts, sciences and humanities. They cover costs such as supplies, materials or travel for research data collection, Shah said. A trained, interdisciplinary committee of graduate students reviews applications each quarter.

Though the increase will affect only the current 2006-07 school year, the university is considering a more substantial Vision OHIO proposal to increase graduate student research funding to $150,000, said Michael Mumper, associate provost for graduate studies. The university will examine the proposal this spring. 

For winter quarter, the deadlines for application to the Graduate Student Senate programs are Feb. 2 for travel grants and Feb. 5 for original work grants. For spring quarter, the deadlines are April 27 for travel grants and April 30 for original work. Proposals for all grants are due at 4 p.m. and should be submitted to 218 Lindley Hall. 

For more information about Graduate Student Senate, visit the Web at www.ohio.edu/gss/fundingandgrants.cfm.

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