Graduate Student Council

For all graduate students at CWRU

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Graduate Student Travel Award

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is pleased to sponsor a program designed, in part, to facilitate mentorship between graduate students and faculty mentors.

SGS will provide funds to sponsor full-time graduate student enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies to attend conferences at which a paper or poster will be presented. Academic departments are required to contribute funds, a 50/50 match, to demonstrate support of the application.

The maximum matching contribution from SGS is $500 for travel within the United States and $1,000 for travel outside of the United States in support of conference-related expenses such as registration, lodging, meals, and transportation. The applicant is responsible for making the necessary travel arrangements.

Applications must be approved by a faculty member who serves as a mentor to the student applicant and should include a brief description of that relationship (research agenda extension, joint or co-authorship, etc.).

Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to budgetary considerations. You will receive an email indicating a complete submission.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a program housed under the School of Graduate Studies as a full-time, degree-seeking student.
  • All materials must be submitted two weeks prior to travel. No funds will be awarded after the paper or poster presentation presentation has occurred. 
  • The student's department or advisor must provide funds for travel to conference in order to receive the grant.

Restrictions:

  • The Graduate Student Travel Award is a matching fund. Academic Departments are expected to contribute funds, a 50/50 match, to demonstrate support of the application. This means the School of Graduate Studies will match a department's contribution up to $500 for a conference in the United States and up to $1,000 for travel outside of the United States. 
  • Applicants may receive only one grant-in-aid during their graduate career.
  • Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis for as long as funds are available.
  • No funds may be awarded to pay for tuition, fees, fines or memberships in professional societies.
  • No funds will be awarded for attending a conference in which the applicant does not present a paper/poster.

Required Materials:

  • An estimate of the direct costs (registration, transportation, lodging, meals, etc.) associated with the conference. Please include the following statement of acknowledgement at the end of the estimate of direct costs and at the bottom of the first page of the paper or poster:

        "Statement of Acknowledgement: This presentation was made possible, in part, through financial support from the School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University."

  • An abstract of the paper that was accepted for presentation.
  • Documentation of paper's acceptance into the conference. This can include an association letter, acceptance email, program schedule, etc.

All required materials must be uploaded into the application before submission.

  • Deadline: None. The review of applications will begin at the start of the fiscal year and continue until there are no more funds available.

For more information or to answer any questions please email gradtravelawards@case.edu.

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The John S. Diekhoff Award

History of the Award

The John S. Diekhoff  Award was created to honor John Diekhoff, a former professor, department chair, Dean, and Vice Provost at CWRU. This Award honors four full-time faculty members for their contributions to the education and development of graduate students at CWRU.

The award is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and School of Graduate Studies at CWRU. More about the history of the Diekhoff Award can be found at the SGS Award Page.

Criteria for Selection

There are four Diekhoff Awards: two awards for Distinguished Graduate Teaching and two awards for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring.

JOHN S. DIEKHOFF AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING

The John S. Diekhoff Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching is awarded annually to two faculty members that have made exemplary contributions to graduate students through work in the classroom. In order to be eligible, the professor:

  • Must have a primary appointment in a department awarding degrees through the School of Graduate Studies
  • Must have taught a graduate course in the last 3 years
  • Anyone may make a nomination, including graduate students, professors, and student associations.

JOHN S. DIEKHOFF AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE STUDENT MENTORING

The John S. Diekhoff Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentoring is awarded annually to two faculty members that have made exemplary contributions to graduate students through advising and mentoring.

  • Eligible professors must have a primary appointment in a department awarding degrees through the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Persons making nominations should be directly advised/mentored by the professor.
Award Timeline

Nominations for the award usually occur in January and February. A committee of graduate students reviews the nominations throughout February and March, and recommends the winners. Winners are typically notified in March or April.

Nomination Process

Deadline for nominations are typically in mid-March every year.To view Diekhoff Award selection criteria and submit a nomination, fill out the Orgsync form. For any questions about the nomination process, please send emails to: gradprofdev@case.edu.

Previous Winners

To view a list of previous Diekhoff Award winners, click here.


The Verhosek Fund

The V-Fund provides funds to assist graduate students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies with financial expenses encountered while presenting at a conference or other academic event.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Applicant must be enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies as a full- or part-time, degree-seeking student.
  2. Applicant must have completed at least twelve (12) credit hours of graduate-level coursework.
  3. Applicant must make either an oral or poster presentation at the conference/event for which s/he is requesting V-Fund support.
  4. Application must be completed no later than sixty (60) days after the conference/event. An application can be submitted prior to travel if original receipts are available. This award can be used to support conference-related expenses such as registration, lodging, meals, and transportation.

Restriction:

  1. The maximum amount of funds awarded for any application is $250.
  2. Applicants may receive only one grant-in-aid during their graduate career.
  3. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis for as long as funds are available. 
  4. No funds may be awarded to pay for tuition, fees, fines, or memberships in professional societies.
  5. No funds will be awarded for attending a conference in which the applicant does not present a paper/poster.

Required Materials:

  1. A copy of the acceptance letter for the applicant’s publication or conference presentation.
  2. Original receipts. Please Note: Requesting reimbursement for the same receipt(s) or portion of a receipt from multiple sources is strictly prohibited.
  3. A copy of the applicant’s unofficial Case Western Reserve transcript or other proof, such as a copy of the online registration page, of required credit hours.

All required materials must be uploaded into the application before submission.

For more information or to answer any questions please email gradtravelawards@case.edu.

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