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Professional Development Funding 

If you are presenting your research at a non-UC San Diego local, regional or national conference you may be able to qualify for professional development funding!


  • Current UC San Diego undergraduate student
  • Participated in an UR program within the last two years 
  • Presenting at a conference within the academic year applying 


Students can be provided up to $500 of student professional development funds for presenting at a conference.

Student expenses are reimbursed and not prepaid, with an exception of airfare and conference registration. A student may only be reimbursed for one conference per academic year in order to allow as many students as possible access to funding.


It is best to submit your UR Travel Funding request as soon as possible since it's a lengthy process with limited funding. Additionally, please keep in mind Funding is NOT guaranteed so always have a plan B if your request is not approved.


Reimbursement Policy

Items that can and cannot be reimbursed
For expenses eligible for reimbursement the priority is: We CANNOT reimburse:
Conference Registration Meals
Airfare Rental cars
Lodging (Hotel or Airbnb, under $275 + taxes or fees/night) Mileage or gas
Uber, Lyft or Taxi expenses Alcohol
Public transportation (subway, bus and train) Hotel expenses over $275 / night
Poster Printing costs Expenses unrelated to the the conference
Conference related expenses More than the travel funding approved
Baggage fees


Post-Travel Requirements

  • Send itemized receipts to UR within one week of attending the conference
  • Send UR 3-4 pictures or 1 screenshot from your trip and experience

*If you have any questions regarding our policies, process or requirements please email

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Only submit if you have read the qualifications and restrictions above. Applications for professional development funds should be submitted at least one month before attending the conference.

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Undergraduate Conferences

Winter Conferences

Spring Conferences

  • West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (WCBSURC) - Point Loma Nazarene, April 2021 (link TBA)

Fall Conferences