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Graduate Student Resources Awards

There are two award opportunities available. The Geosciences Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants and the Will and Rose Burnham Research Grants. Review this page for details on both.

Geosciences Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants

The Department has modest resources to support graduate student travel to present first-authored research at professional meetings.  These department awards are intended to supplement supervisor funds or other awards or sources (e.g., ASBSU, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate College, sponsoring professional societies).

To begin your application, download the travel grant application form either in Word or as a PDF, and review the award process flowchart.

Award Process Flowchart

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GEO Student Tracel Award Workflow – select to view full image

Workflow for the application and awarding of a Geosciences graduate student travel grant.

  1. Travel authorization (TA) completed by student and primary advisor
  2. Travel authorization (TA) receives all approvals
  3. Travel award application completed by student and primary advisor
  4. Signed application with abstract acceptance and approved TA submitted to Susan Hamblin (on behalf of GPC) for evaluation
  5. If declined, returned to student for possible revision
  6. If approved, Pre-Travel Conference Form (web form) submitted by student to GEO-admin, with approved award form as attachment
  7. GEO-admin prepay expenses, assigning travel grant account string to eligible expenses
  8. Student conference travel and presentation
  9. Post-travel reimbursements submitted to GEO-admin, assigning travel grant account string to eligible expenses

Will and Rose Burnham Research Grants

Will Burnham (1919-1992) was a Hydrogeologist with the US Geological Survey. He spent most of his career in Long Beach, CA. In 1966 he became the Water Resources Division district chief for Idaho before returning to California to finish his career. In 1976 Will Burnham retired from the USGS and became a consulting hydrogeologist in Boise, Idaho.  During this time he and Rose Burnham established the Will and Rose Burnham Scholarship fund to support student research in the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University.

The Burnham Award

Burnham funds are awarded to help support student thesis/dissertation costs directly related to research. Funds can be used for laboratory analyses, travel for fieldwork, supplies and equipment, etc., but not for salary or travel to professional meetings.  We anticipate awarding grants for up to $1500 each. Funds are made available May 15 of each year and should be spent within twelve months.


Applicants must be enrolled in any graduate program administered by the Department of Geosciences that requires a thesis or dissertation including the MS Geophysics, MS Geology, MS Hydrologic Sciences, PhD Geophysics, or PhD Geoscience program. Preference will be given to first year MS students and first/second year PhD students. MS students must have completed a proposal prior to receiving funding. Availability of other research grant funds, and prior receipt of Burnham funds will also be considered.

To begin your application, download the Burnham Award Application either as a Word or PDF file.