The Abilene Christian University (ACU) Pursuit Travel Grant Fund was established in 2012 as a part of ACU’s Quality Enhancement Plan. The purpose of the fund is to support conference expenses of students and their faculty mentors as they present research or scholarship findings, or creative activities.
Pursuit Travel Funds are available for faculty/student travel to conferences to present and showcase research performed collaboratively between faculty and students. Funding has a maximum of $2,000 ($1,000 for the faculty mentor and $1,000 for the student researcher(s).
Follow the link below to access the Faculty-Student Application for Travel Funds for oral and poster presentations, juried shows, and performances. Applications are considered three times during the academic year for funding faculty/student travel.
Important: Faculty mentors must be traveling with the student to the conference.
In summary, the impact on faculty and student travel to conferences can not fully be quantified, but raw numbers are found below:
2012-2013 — 25 faculty and students traveled to conferences to present their research or creative activities. A total of $19, 994 funded the travel.
2013-2014 — 23 faculty and their students traveled to conferences. A total of $16, 520 funded the travel.
2014-2015 — 15 faculty and their 47 students traveled to conferences. A total of $16, 087 funded the travel.
2015-2016 — 29 faculty and their 63 students traveled to conferences to share and present their research or creative activities. The funding total for the year was $38, 136. Note: this funding included moneys that were diverted from other budget lines due to this being the final year of the QEP.
Total for the 4 years of Travel Grants: 92 faculty and their students.