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Isabelle Barker, Assistant Dean, Director of Student Funding
Lauren Ward, Program Coordinator
Phone: (610) 526-5375
Fax: (610) 526-7560
Undergraduate Dean's Office
Eugenia Chase Guild Hall, Lower Level 101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Sherman Fairchild Conference Funding in the Sciences

The Sherman Fairchild Foundation provides funding for student conference travel for students pursuing work in biology, chemistry, geology, neuroscience, and/or physics. Students are required to present their research to be eligible for this award, either as a poster or as a panel presentation.

Note: This is the final year of Sherman Fairchild funding.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 19, 2016, or until funds are expended.


All students studying in the fields listed above are eligible for this conference funding (this includes participating Haverford students). Students are required to present their research, either as a poster or as a panel presentation. For graduating seniors, the conference must take place prior to commencement.

Award Amount

The grant will provide student funding for conference travel up to $1000. Students will be required to provide a budget of their anticipated expenses.

Application Instructions

  1. Complete the on-line form at:  Sherman Fairchild Conference Funding
  2. Ask a TriCo faculty member to complete the on-line endorsement form, available at:  Sherman Fairchild Conference Funding Faculty Endorsement

Tips for Creating a Budget:

Below is a sample itemized budget.  When submitting your budget, list your expense descriptions and their corresponding amounts.  If unsure of the actual amount, please provide a researched estimate.


Total amount requested: $881.50

  • Roundtrip airfare (Philly-San Diego) - $325*
  • SEPTA tickets Bryn Mawr to PHL Airport (2 rides x $5.75) - $11.50
  • Roundtrip taxi/shuttle (airport to hotel) - $40
  • Poster printing fees - $90
  • Conference registration fee - $75
  • Meals ($30 per day x 3 days) - $90**
  • Hotel ($125 x 2 days) - $250**

*Please take into consideration taking the most cost-effective form of transportation.

**For per diem meal and lodging rates, please consult the U.S. General Services Administration Per Diem Rates page.

Payment Schedule

While applications are accepted on a rolling basis, conference travel awards are processed according to the College Academic Year Fellowship Payment Schedule. Please visit for this schedule. Once the Dean's Office receives all application materials, the review process will take about 2 weeks.

Questions? Please contact Isabelle Barker, Assistant Dean, Director of Student Funding.