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Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB)

Dow Travel Award for Professional Development
The Dow Chemical Company is sponsoring graduate travel awards to support the travel of chemical engineering graduate students to present their research at a conference or participate in a workshop. These awards are allocated by the Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) with a ceiling of $500. The primary purpose of these awards is to promote professional development and career exploration.

Award recipients will submit receipts for registration fees and travel expenses to GSAB for reimbursement. In addition, we require that all recipients submit a letter of appreciation for Dow’s generosity in funding these awards.

Students must be pursuing a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and must be registered at MIT for the term during which the award will be used. Priority will be given to students who have not previously been award recipients. 

Students must complete the award application materials comprised of the following:

  • Brief cover letter summarizing how the workshop or conference will contribute to professional growth or career exploration (include conference/workshop details: name of conference, date, location, website, anticipated costs)

  • Letter of reference from research supervisor

  • CV

  • Conferences: Copy of abstract submitted to conference (If you haven't submitted an abstract yet, a draft of what you will submit is acceptable.)

Please email the application materials to


Application Deadline


October 20

November 3

February 20

March 6

June 20

July 4


Review Procedure
Each application will be independently scored by a panel of GSAB members according to a rubric. The composite scores from all reviewers will then be ranked and the ranking used to determine funding priority.