November 25-27, 2009 in Frascati, Italy - The NASA Mars Program Office has announced that travel funding will be made available for as many as 5 students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, with Mars-related interests, to attend the Workshop on Methane on Mars: Current Observations, Interpretation and Future Plans, November 25-27, 2009 in Frascati, Italy. An application must be submitted by September 28, 2009, to be considered for this funding. NASA Headquarters will make the selections and students will be notified no later than October 15, 2009. Reimbursable costs include registration fees, transportation (airfare, mileage to/from airport, parking, rental car) and lodging/per diem. In most cases, actual expenses will exceed the funding provided.
Note: Students who are depending on travel assistance should not pay the registration fee or make travel arrangements until they have been notified that they have received an award. If you are requesting funds to travel to the meeting from outside the U.S., you should also wait to register until you have successfully completed NASA's foreign travel approval process. Failure to comply with this requirement may prohibit reimbursement.
Travel costs up to $1800.00 will be reimbursed according to JPL/government-specified allowances. For reference, hotel/per diem rates can be found at www.gsa.gov (see per diem).
Eligibility: - Students must be U.S. citizens or legal residents. - Students must be enrolled at a university at the time of the workshop.
Students who want to apply for this assistance must submit the student travel funding application form http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/Student_Opportunities/studenttravelgrant_methane.doc to email@example.com by September 28, 2009.
Interested students with questions are encouraged to contact Charles Budney (Mars Program Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-354-3981). Source: NAI Newsletter
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