Undergraduate Conference Travel Awards

CUPPA Travel Award for Undergraduate Conference Attendance

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs is launching a program to support undergraduate travel to attend professional conferences. Applications for conference attendance during the remainder of Spring semester will be accepted until February 23.


o   Program is open to students with senior standing in the Public Policy and Urban Studies majors.

o   Up to 4 students will be reimbursed for up to $750 of costs related to registration, travel, and accommodations for one of the following professional conferences:

  • APA Planning Conference (New Orleans, April 21-24);
  • Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference (Toronto, April 4-7);
  • American Society of Public Administration (Denver, March 9-13);
  • Any other professional conference related to the field of study, with adequate justification.

Application Process

o   To apply for the award, please submit the following materials, as a package, to jaime43@uic.edu with the subject line CUPPA CONFERENCE AWARD:

1)      A 250-word statement of interest detailing the conference you wish to attend and its relation to your academic or career interests;

2)      A letter of support from a faculty mentor; and

3)      A proposed conference session program related to your field of study.

o  The application deadline is February 23, 2018.

o Selection will be made by the Office of Academic Affairs in consultation with Directors of Undergraduate Study.

Follow-Up Requirement
Student attendees will be required to make a follow-up presentation at a seminar later in the spring.

Please feel free to contact Phil Ashton, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at pashton@uic.edu should you have any questions about the Award or the application process.