SoR Rheology Research Symposium and Student-Member Travel Grants for 2024

The Society of Rheology offers student-member travel grants to help support the cost of attending its 95th Annual Meeting and the fourth annual Rheology Research Symposium (RRS) in Austin, Texas held October 12-17, 2024. Full participation in the 4th annual RRS and attendance for the entire SOR meeting is required to receive the student-member travel grant.

The RRS, held October 12-13, aims to provide mentoring and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within The Society of Rheology. The RRS will start with lunch at 12 PM on Saturday Oct 12. A sample program for the 2022 RRS in Chicago can be found here. The 2024 program is currently in the planning stages. Additional details will be provided to travel grant recipients this summer.

Group Photo of 2022 Chicago RRS
Group photo from 2022 RRS in Chicago


Student-member travel grants are available to any graduate student who is a member in good standing of the Society as of the date of submission of the application. In addition, the student must present a paper or poster at the meeting and stay in the hotel designated by the SOR for travel grant recipients. Instructions on how to make hotel reservations will be provided to recipients of the grant. Each grant will cover five nights (Check-in: Saturday October 12 / Check-out: Thursday October 17) lodging at the conference rate and all costs associated with the RRS on Saturday and Sunday. Meeting registration, travel to and from the conference, additional nights of hotel, and any other costs incurred during the SoR meeting other than 5 nights of lodging are the responsibility of the applicant. You will not be assigned a roommate. You are welcome to invite a colleague or other conference attendee to share the room.

Application material needed from students

To apply, the student must fill out the Student Application Form (in PDF form). The application includes several questions about student commitment and involvement in DEI efforts. The answers to these questions will be evaluated using a rubric from UC Berkeley. The students must use the application submission website to enter some basic information, confirm their membership status, and upload the merged PDF file of the faculty advisor support form and the student application form.

Application material needed from advisors

The student's advisor should fill out the Faculty Advisor Support Form (in PDF form). to certify that the student is a member of the Society, indicate the session and title of the submitted oral presentation or poster abstract, and confirm that the student will be the presenter. The advisor must also commit to pay for the students travel to and from the conference and the SOR meeting registration fee, as well as any additional nights of hotel if required to ensure that the student can attend the entire RRS and SOR meeting. The student must submit this form with their application form.

How to apply

The advisor support form and student application form (in that order) should be combined into a single PDF file. To combine the files we recommend you print each form as a regular PDF file and then merge them together using Adobe Acrobat or a merge PDF file tool such as Merge PDFs on the Adobe website. Upload the combined file to the

Application Submission Site

You will be asked for your seven-digit member number (no leading zero) and the paper ID of the submitted abstract.

Submissions will be accepted starting May 3rd, 2024 and close on May 17th, 2024. Successful applications will be awarded based on the rating of responses to the diversity, equity, and inclusion questions. Some consideration may be given to students that are in their final year of graduate school and unable to apply in the future. Notification will be made soon after the close of the application submission window (likely early to mid June).

Contact person

Inquiries can be sent to either the RRS e-mail address or Katie Weigandt's e-mail address.