Research Travel Awards of up to $2,400 are made to students who need extended research time at other institutions or venues. Travel must be directly related to the student’s proposed and approved research, and all expenditures must follow University regulations. This award is available only to Ph.D. students who have successfully completed the general examination in the Department of Chemistry. Students may receive this award once during their Ph.D. studies. Selection criteria include proposal content, the major professor’s recommendation letter and the overall scope of the proposal.

Application Deadline

  • Applications submitted by May 1 will receive full consideration for research travel during the next fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). After May 1, applications will continue to be received and reviewed until an award is given.

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 summary of the research to be supported by the award including an explanation of why this research must be conducted at another site and how it applies to the student’s dissertation research (2 pp maximum).
  • The student must provide a recent C.V.
  • The major professor must submit a 1-page letter of support for the student’s application.
  • An itemized budget must be submitted that shows the source of support for any required funds beyond the $2,400 provided by the award.
  • Please submit applications electronically to the Chemistry Graduate Office (e-mail, Graduate Coordinator).

Award Procedure

  • Students selected for the award must turn in a one-page summary of their trip.
  • 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.

Coates Research Travel Award - Chemistry

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