Charles Coates Conference Travel Award  

The award reimburses up to $1200 of eligible travel expenses. Students may receive this award once during their Ph.D. studies. The travel must be to a national or international conference at which applicants are presenting the results of their doctoral research in the form of an oral presentation or poster. Applicants must be both first author and presenter of the research and have the recommendation of their major professor. Applicants must be Ph.D. students in the Chemistry Department.

Application Deadlines

There are two annual deadlines for these awards:

  • November 1 for travel from January 1 through June 30.
  • May 1 for travel from July 1 – December 31.

Two awards will be made for each deadline (unless additional funds are available).

Application Procedure

  • The student must fill out the form included on the next page, and both the student and major professor must sign the form.
  • The student must provide a recent C.V. and a 1-page statement explaining their choice of the conference they will present at and why it is important to their Ph.D. studies and career.
  • The major professor must submit a 1-page letter of support for the student’s application.
  • The student must submit a proposed, itemized budget.
  • Please submit applications electronically to the Chemistry Graduate Office (e-mail, Graduate Coordinator).

Award Procedure

  • Students selected for the award must provide confirmation of the acceptance of their paper (oral or poster) from the conference and a copy of the final abstract and author list before travel will be reimbursed by the Coates Memorial Fund.
  • Students are responsible for following all LSU procedures for travel authorization and reimbursement.


Charles E. Coates’ legacy of dedication to graduate study has been preserved over the years by the commitment, achievement, and high caliber of each class of graduate students. Their achievements could not be realized without the assistance of the Charles E. Coates Memorial Fund, established in 1964 in memory of one of LSU’s early professors of chemistry. The Coates Fund assists full-time chemical engineering, chemistry, and physics doctoral students in their research endeavors through four awards: outstanding dissertation, conference travel, research travel, and scholar research.

Charles Coates Conference Travel Award

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Be sure to consult the previous page for additional required application materials and deadlines!

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