Wayne State University

Student Professional Development Award

The Student Professional Development Award (SPDA) was established to encourage and support students to present a paper or poster at a professional conference. This award is intended to support travel to state, local, national, regional, and international conferences.

Awards of up to $500 are available for state and local conferences. Awards of up to $1000 are available for national, regional, and international conferences. Awards will not exceed 50% of the full travel cost and will be reimbursed upon the completion of travel and submission of necessary documentation.

Recipients of the SPDA are required to show acceptance of their paper or poster by the conference. The paper or poster must clearly indicate that the recipient is a current student in the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. Students must be registered in the WSU School of Library and Information Science both during the application period and at the time of travel.

Recipients are required to submit a one page report about the conference and presentation within one week of returning from the conference. The School may use the report or any portion of the report for its public relations/communications activities.

The Administrative Concerns Committee will review applications and notify the applicant with their determination within three weeks of application submission.

NOTE: A travel request indicating all estimated expenses must be submitted and authorized before the travel occurs. Please contact Llauna Parker in the SLIS office for assistance with this process. Ms. Parker can be reached at ab1790@wayne.edu. Awarded funds will be reimbursed upon the completion of travel and the submission of receipts and the conference report. All documentation must be submitted to Llauna Parker in the SLIS office within one week upon returning from the conference.

Students are permitted to apply for professional development funding one time during their tenure as a student in the WSU School of Library and Information Science.