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Financial Support


Financial Support

Stipends

ChemGen IGERT students will receive support from the program in the form of a stipend and cost-of-education allowance. These funds will be received in specific years of graduate training as indicated in the student’s support package letter from the Graduate Division.

The stipend will be distributed by Graduate Division as a fellowship. The stipend will be provided for two twelve-month periods, from October through September, according to the funding scheduled of individual students. The cost of education funds, which the student does not directly receive, will be used by Graduate Division to pay student fees, PFR and GSHIP costs.

Students receiving an IGERT stipend may not receive funds from any other source or serve as a teaching assistant during the period s/he receives an IGERT stipend.

Note: Students need to anticipate that they will receive fellowship stipend checks, IGERT fellowship and Graduate Division fellowship support at the beginning of the month. When students receive Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) funds from their PI/Co-PI or College or Teaching Assistantship payment, the checks will be received at the end of the month.

Travel, Meeting and Internship Support

IGERT students are entitled to funding for support to two meetings and an internship. This amount will be put into reserve for approved student expenses, to be used during the year that the IGERT stipend is provided, or to be carried forward for expenditure by the student in a subsequent year in the ChemGen
program.

  1. Students should attend one meeting outside of their major discipline in Year 1, 2 or Year 3 of their graduate training program (see Guidelines). Each student will be provided $1,000 for travel, registration, and/or per diem costs per meeting (see details of eligible costs below). Each student will be supported for two meetings. This amount of money may not cover the entire cost of the meeting. Students are responsible for arranging for payment of the remainder of the costs for each meeting. The remaining funds might come from Co-PI funds and other travel resources available to graduate students (Check with your Graduate Program or Graduate Advisor for suggestions on travel funds resources).
  2. Students are strongly encouraged to take a research internship during the summer of Year 3 or 4 of their graduate training program (see Guidelines). Each student will be provided $750 for travel and $4,500 for living expenses incurred during an approved internship. This internship may be most beneficial during the second year of IGERT Fellowship Support (typically Year 3 of the student’s graduate training program). Students may defer the internship until the end of the summer of their 4th year of graduate training. Students who do not complete an internship by that time will forfeit their internship funding. Students will apply for internship funds at least six weeks before their departure date.
  3. IGERT student attendance at the annual retreat will be covered by the IGERT program during each year of training. Students are required to attend the annual retreat unless they are on an internship in a foreign country.

Requirements to Receive Support

Students are required to apply for use of these IGERT travel, meeting and internship support funds. The procedure for application is as follows:

  1. Students must be in good academic standing (GPA ≥ 3.5) and acceptable progress within graduate program. Good academic standing must be maintained from the time of application through the completion of the proposed activity.
  2. The student must submit an application for the funds through the ChemGen IGERT program by use of the appropriate form (see Forms).
  3. The student must demonstrate completion the stated activity (meeting participation, internship) in order to receive payment for expenses. This will require the completion of a travel expenditure report and submission of necessary receipts. In any case where a student does not complete the activity the ChemGen IGERT program reserves the right to deny payment of the funds.
  4. Students are permitted to use IGERT funds and funds from other sources (i.e. a professor’s extramural grant, Graduate Students Associations Travel Funds) to attend a meeting. However, payment of expenses by IGERT funds will require full and official accounting of all expenditures and the amount of funding from other sources.
ChemGen IGERT Fellow Travel Support for Conferences:

In Year 2, students are to attend a professional conference that is outside of their main discipline (i.e., biologists can attend an American Chemical Society, Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, IEEE Computational Systems Biology, or Society of Biochemical Engineering meeting; chemists, computational scientists or engineers can attend an American Association of Cell Biologists or American Society of Plant Biologists meeting). The Co-PI advisors are to support the selection of the meeting. The student is to identify another UCR researcher (IGERT Faculty Participant or postdoctoral researcher) who will attend the same meeting. This individual is to agree to interact with the student at the meeting. It is recognized that in some cases a student may attend a meeting outside of their discipline without an accompanying scientist. The student will submit a formal request for funding that will include an abstract of their presentation.

In Year 3, 4 or 5, students are to attend a professional conference within their main discipline at which they present their original research results on their chemical genomics project. The student’s presentation can be an oral or poster presentation. The selection of the meeting will be by the student in consultation with the Co-PI advisors. The student will submit a formal request for funding that will include an abstract of their presentation. In most cases, this will be the formal abstract submitted to the conference organizers.

CONFERENCE GUIDELINES:
  1. Students are required to apply for travel support to conferences four weeks prior to the first day of the meeting (See Meeting Travel Expense Application Form).
  2. The application must include a copy of the abstract or conference publication (draft). A copy of the final (published) abstract or conference publication needs to be given to the ChemGen IGERT Program Office after the meeting presentation.
  3. Students will only receive travel support if their contribution at the meeting explicitly acknowledges funding from the ChemGen IGERT program. This acknowledgement will typically be in two places.
    • For example, the student’s affiliation for an abstract should include “ChemGen IGERT Program" followed by the students graduate program and departmental affiliations, for example:
    • Charles Jang
      ChemGen IGERT Program
      Center for Plant Cell Biology
      Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics [student’s graduate program]
      [home department if appropriate]
      University of California, Riverside

    • At the end of the abstract or in a formal acknowledgment of a conference publication, the following acknowledgement with the grant number must be provided: Research supported by National Science Foundation IGERT Grant No. DGE 0504249, “Using Chemical Genomics to Forge Complementation at the Interface of Chemistry, Engineering and Computational Sciences in Plant Cell Biology.” If necessary, the title but not the number of the grant may be omitted in the acknowledgement.
  4. Students will complete their individual conference registration, travel and lodging arrangements. Typically there are reduced registration fees for early registration. Students may request to have airline tickets purchased through the ChemGen IGERT program office. The purchase will be made through:

    Canyon Crest Travel
    5225 Canyon Crest, Suite #32
    Riverside, CA 92506
    951-788-7611

    and not through any other travel agency or an on-line ticket broker. Tickets can be purchased in advance if the request is made in writing four weeks prior to the departure date.
  5. Students will be reimbursed for travel costs. This will require original receipts for all expenses, with the exception of per diem that is in accordance with university policy. Travel reimbursement is to be initiated on UCR’s online travel expense planning and reporting website (travel.ucr.edu). After completing your on-line travel expense voucher, please submit your receipts to the travel coordinator responsible for processing at the IGERT office assistant (Carolina Stickley) and include the trip number on the receipts.

    The site for help with this system is: http://oas.ucr.edu/travel/owa/TRAV_MENU.Menu_SAA.

    Students must complete the travel reimbursement forms within two weeks of their return from the trip. (If an extended trip is planned, please inform the IGERT Program Office of your anticipated return date.
  6. The reimbursement for a conference from IGERT funds will not exceed the amount in the students Travel Funds account ($1000 per year student receives and IGERT Fellowship).
FAQs:

What travel expenses are eligible for payment from my IGERT funds?

  • An economy class round-trip ticket. For airline travel, only U.S. carriers can be used. Travel on a foreign airline cannot be reimbursed from U.S. government funds. Train, subway and bus fares. Taxi fares can be claimed but students are encouraged to use public transportation.
  • Lodging during the conference period at an economical rate.
  • Conference registration fees. Society membership fees are not reimbursable.
  • Per diem allowances for meals (there are maximum amounts for each meal). There is no reimbursement for alcoholic beverages of any kind.

What is needed to process my travel reimbursement form?

  • Original receipts for transportation. The back ticket coupon is preferred for flights but an e-ticket will suffice.
  • Original itemized hotel or conference lodging receipt. In room expenses such as phones, mini-bar and internet costs are not reimbursable.
  • Copy of conference registration receipt.

Is anything else needed to document my conference attendance?

  • Documentation of participation in conference: a copy of the conference schedule indicating the day/time or your presentation or a copy of your abstract. A photocopy of your name badge if you were not a formal presenter.
ChemGen IGERT Fellow Internship Opportunities:

ChemGen students are provided the wonderful opportunity of completing a research internship in industry or in another academic setting. The idea is to increase student exposure to biotechnology, advanced technologies and technology development in the private sector or at other research institutions. The goal is for each student to have a minimum of a two-month internship, sometime between the end of Year 2 and Year 4. These exchanges will allow students to learn new techniques and to mature in their disciplines. The internships will be selected by the student, in consultation with the Co-PI advisors. At present, informal collaboration agreements have been set up for these internships with:

  • Harvard’s Institute of Chemistry and Cell Biology (ICCB)
  • The Salk Institute
  • The Carnegie Institute of Washington
  • East Anglia University, (Norwich, U.K.)
  • University of Toronto
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Sigma-Aldrich Chemical

Arrangements for interns have also been explored with Smart Imaging Technologies, Atto, Hughes Research Labs, Northrup Grumman, Calzyme and Guidant Pharmaceuticals. Students are strongly encouraged to plan well in advance for their internship so that arrangements can be made. Please talk to the IGERT Program Director and to your Co-PI advisors about your case.

During your internship you will be able to submit your travel and expense form while you are away using UCR’s on-line travel system. Be sure to familiarize yourself with this system before your departure. UCR requires that most travel expenses be paid out of pocket and then reimbursed. You will be able to complete the on-line forms and scan and email your receipts so that your reimbursement will be processed. (Hard copies of your receipts will still need to be surrendered to the accountant).

INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES
  1. Students are required to apply for internship support at least six weeks prior to the intended date of departure (see IGERT Student Internship Application Form).
  2. The application must include a letter of invitation from the host institution. This can be a pdf or an email. There should also be a letter from the student’s PI indicating the value of the internship.
  3. An internship proposal approved by the appropriate PI(s) must be submitted to the IGERT Director six weeks prior to the departure date. The proposal should be a one page-document describing the goals of the internship. This proposal will be evaluated and approved by the Program Director at least ONE(1) MONTH before the departure date.
  4. Students will complete their individual travel and lodging arrangements. Students must use domestic air carriers for international travel in accordance with federal funding requirements.  Students may request to have airline tickets purchased through the ChemGen IGERT program office. The purchase will be made through:

    Canyon Crest Travel
    5225 Canyon Crest, Suite #32
    Riverside, CA 92506
    951-788-7611

    and not through any other travel agency or on-line ticket broker. Tickets can be purchased in advance if the request is made in writing six weeks prior to the departure date.
  5. Students will be reimbursed for travel costs and living expenses. This will require original receipts for all expenses, with the exception of per diem in accordance with university policy. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with university reimbursement policy prior to your departure. Travel reimbursement is to be done through the UCR’s online travel expense planning and reporting website (www.travel.ucr.edu). After completing your on-line travel expense voucher, you may scan and email your receipts to the IGERT travel coordinator. You must submit original receipts by mail or within two weeks of the completion of your internship.

    The site for help with this system is: http://oas.ucr.edu/travel/owa/TRAV_MENU.Menu_SAA.

    Students must complete travel reimbursement forms for all internship related expenses within two weeks of the internship end date (If you anticipate any delays please inform the IGERT Program Office in advance).
  6. The reimbursement for an internship from IGERT funds will not exceed the amount in the students Internship Funds account ($750 for travel and $4,500 for living expenses).

Research Funding

Research Allowance during IGERT Fellow Years

Each IGERT fellow will be provided a research allowance that will be allocated each year as IGERT Fellow. The allowance will be $2000 per year, each year of graduate training under the IGERT umbrella. Students are to use the funds for research expenses pertaining to their chemical genomics research, with the approval of his/her PI/Co-PI.

The PI (professor in major discipline) of each student will receive a Cost Center and Fund Number for their IGERT student in which these allocations will be deposited each year.

Allowable expenses include:

  • purchase of chemicals and supplies needed for chemical genomics experiments;
  • direct and recharge costs incurred for microscopy, proteomics, microarray studies, computer use, NMR analyses, etc;
  • photocopying and printing costs associated with research or completion of the dissertation;
  • academic or research software packages, notebooks, computer disks, data storage peripherals, computers and the like that are necessary for research.

Please be aware that UC policy on ownership of computers depends upon the cost of the equipment. Any computer purchase must have the approval of the PI/Co-PI and the IGERT Director.

Unallowable costs include: fines, library fines, student fees, books, periodical subscriptions, furniture (i.e. office furniture), or any personal item that is not necessary for academic research.

If a student does not have research costs, i.e. research expendables, then this money can be used for travel expenses to meetings. With the PI/Co-PI’s and the IGERT Director’s approval, students may have their research funds converted to travel funds. This needs to be done through a written request to the ChemGen IGERT Program office. However, travel funds cannot be converted to research funds.

Unspent research expense allocations may be carried forward until graduation. Any unspent Research Funds at the time of graduation will go back into the general IGERT funds.

Publication Costs

There is typically a cost charged by journals for the publication of research papers. Each student will be provided funds to go towards the cost of publication of their research. This will be allocated in increments of $500 per year. These funds are to be used at the discretion of the PI/Co-PI. The funds can ONLY be used for publications that specifically acknowledge support of the research by the ChemGen IGERT grant. (See below). These funds must be spent before the one-year anniversary date of the student’s graduation.

There should be clear indication that the student was supported as an IGERT fellow on the publication. The recognition of IGERT grant support should be indicated in the authorship affiliation and in the acknowledgement section.

  • Authorship should include the affiliation to the “ChemGen IGERT Program,” for example:

Authors:
ChemGen IGERT Program [can be indicated with a superscript for the IGERT student]
Center for Plant Cell Biology [can be indicated with a superscript for the IGERT student, PIs and other authors as appropriate]
Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics [it is optional to list the student’s graduate program; can be indicated with a superscript]
[home department]
University of California, Riverside

  • In the acknowledgment section, the following acknowledgement with the grant number must be provided: Research supported by National Science Foundation IGERT Grant No. DGE 0504249, “Using Chemical Genomics to Forge Complementation at the Interface of Chemistry, Engineering and Computational Sciences in Plant Cell Biology.” If necessary, the title but not the number of the grant may be omitted in the acknowledgement.

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