The Ireland research travel awards are strategically targeted to provide students with unique and valuable opportunities, says Engler. “The research travel scholarship, which awards a maximum of $1,000, is not designed to send someone to a professional meeting; it’s designed to enable a student to capture an educational opportunity that doesn’t exist here at UAB. These travel scholarships are highly competitive, and [this year] students applied for everything from a trip to the Library of Congress to study historic documents to taking a course on Neuroimmunological Diseases at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. These travel awards provide elite educational experiences that enrich not only our students, but UAB as a whole.” 

This award is funded by an endowment established at UAB by Caroline Ireland and the late Charles W. Ireland, and by new resources allocated to the Graduate School from the Provost’s office. 

Interested students should contact their graduate program directors, who are responsible for making nominations, says Engler. Students are encouraged to check this link or the Graduate Student tab of BlazerNET for the announcement of the next competition, which will be held in February, 2016.

2015 Ireland Research Travel Award Recipients

Jennefer Celeste Paxton Art History
Mary Latimer Biology
Elizabeth Duran Chemistry
Terin Dupre Vision Science
Anna Helova Health Care Organization and Policy
Daniella Chusyd Nutrition Sciences
Amy Williamson Art History
Camille Schneider Nutrition Sciences
Kenan Matterson Biology
Hicham Ghossein Materials Science and Engineering