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Graduate Student Professional Travel Grants

Grant Information

Attending and participating in professional conferences is a very important part of any career. As a graduate student, you are eligible for reduced conference registration rates and you are at a perfect time in your career to experience the networking, knowledge sharing, and overall exhilaration a state or national conference in your field provides. The Graduate College would like to help you attend.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies will fund travel grants to any graduate students admitted to one of Longwood’s graduate programs (endorsement programs are included) in the following amounts:

In-state conferences: up to $250.00 to cover conference registration and hotel (the grant will not cover meals, travel, or other expenses)

Out-of-state conferences: up to $500.00 to cover conference registration, hotel, and flight or mileage to get to and from the conference (the grant will not cover meals or other expenses)

Multiple conferences: Funding for two conferences per student may be available if that student is presenting or receiving an award at one or both, dependent on availability of funds.

How to Request a Travel Grant:

  1. Complete the Request for Conference Travel form by clicking on this link: REQUEST
  2. An email response will be sent to you and your advisor, letting you know if your travel has been approved.
  3. At least 3 weeks before you travel, contact Mrs. Katie Manis in the Graduate & Professional Studies office (maniskh@longwood.edu or x2707) to complete an RTA (Request for Travel Authorization).  Travel without an approved RTA will not be reimbursed.
  4. When you are at the conference be sure to get a photo of yourself while there (see #6 below).  Keep the original copy of your hotel and registration receipt.  If you are flying, keep a copy of your flight payment and itinerary confirmation.
  5. No more than 1 week after you return from your trip, meet with Mrs. Katie Manis again to complete and sign a TER (Travel Expense Reimbursement) form.  You will need all of your receipts at this time.  Travel reimbursement is subject to approval by the Longwood Accounts Payable department after they review your TER.
  6. Photo and Reflection:  Graduate students who receive a professional travel grant are asked to submit a photo of themselves at the conference (and/or presenting if applicable) and to provide a one or two paragraph reflection upon returning.  The reflection should include a few highlights from the conference that you found most useful to your studies and/or career.  It should also include one or two benefits you felt you gained by attending.  Please email the photo and reflection to perryjr@longwood.edu or maniskh@longwood.edu before your second meeting with Mrs. Manis.  Reimbursements won’t be processed without these two items.

We will post the photo and a few sentences from your reflection on the Graduate Studies website so everyone can see the professional involvement of our graduate students. 

Graduate Student Travel Checklist

Traveling?  Print our checklist (pdf) to ensure you have completed each step.


You must be a graduate student admitted to a program to be eligible for this travel grant.

Students are responsible for any charges incurred prior to travel if the trip is not made.  This includes nonrefundable registration fees, cancelled flight fees, and hotel charges.

There is a limited budget for Graduate Student Professional Travel Grants.  Grants will not be awarded once that budget has been exhausted.


Communication Sciences & Disorders Faculty & Students Attend State Conference

Speech-Hearing-Language Association of Virginia Annual Conference

Williamsburg, VA:  March 19-22, 2014

SHAV 2014 Group Photo (Top Row): Allyson Rubino, Kelly Zeher, Alyssa Bailey, Christine Albrecht, Shannon Mellone, Carli Rogers, Suzanne Johnson, Pallavi Iyer (Bottom Row): Melissa Meyers, Morgan Spangler, Dr. Shannon Salley, Mrs. Wendy Pulliam, Casey Toney, Erin Corker, Rebecca Pacheco


Christine Albrecht

When I was not volunteering, I had to the opportunity to attend many seminars.  I went to some about Autism Awareness, Auditory Processing Disorders, and I was able to attend the guest speaker’s lecture.  As I was sitting through these presentations, I did not realize how much time and effort it took to make a good presentation and to be able to keep the audience involved.  I now respect the time and effort it takes to make a successful convention.

Alyssa Bailey

A highlight from my time at SHAV was hearing David Hammer speak about Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). It is often misunderstood and over diagnosed, but I feel more equipped to treat a child with CAS after hearing Mr. Hammer’s presentation.

Nikki Davis

Nikki Davis with poster

Attending SHAV for the first time was a wonderful opportunity.  Throughout the conference, I was able to attend multiple sessions that interested me.  Additionally, I presented a poster in the student poster session, which was a new experience for me.  Overall, my attendance at SHAV showed me the importance of attending the statewide conventions for my profession.

Pallavi Iyer

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to watch my professors present on topics they were so passionate about and it gave a different perspective with them addressing a room full of SLPs rather than a classroom full of students. I learned a lot from the presentations I attended as well as ways to relate what I learned to the classroom or to the therapy setting. 

Suzanne Johnson

The sessions offered useful information to me as both a student and a future clinician. In one session, Dr. Jay Lucker covered Auditory Processing Disorder, a topic soon to be discussed in our Aural Rehabilitation class. The presentation made intriguing points and laid some foundation for the topic in class. I also hope to incorporate information retroactively and understand more of what Dr. Lucker presented as we spend more time in class on the subject.

Michael Mahoney

On Thursday I went to a presentation on how to analyze language samples in a more efficient manner.  I hope to be able to use some of those strategies in my future career as a speech language pathologist.  Overall, the SHAV conference was an educationally enriching experience and I am glad that graduate studies has provided me with this opportunity to attend.

Shannon Mellone

I participated in the student luncheon and roundtable with students from other universities in Virginia and was able to discuss topics relevant to the field of speech-language pathology. I also obtained important information about the steps that must be taken after graduating from Longwood.  Overall, the 2014 SHAV Conference was an enriching experience that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Rebecca Pacheco

I believe attending this conference enhanced my education thus far in Longwood’s graduate CSDS program and the information obtained from my attendance can be put into use during my clinical practice. The conference provided me with materials and networks that will be important as I pursue my passion and find a career in the field of speech pathology.

Carli Rogers

In addition to attending sessions, I was able to volunteer and witness the time and energy that the leaders of SHAV put in to make these conferences a success. Overall, I left the conference feeling excited and motivated to get back into the clinic and apply what I learned.

Allyson Rubino

It was such a rewarding experience to attend the Speech Hearing Association of Virginia’s annual conference in Williamsburg, VA.  I was provided with the opportunity to attend numerous sessions facilitated by well-known speech-language pathologists in the state of Virginia.  I learned therapy strategies and techniques to over-lay the foundation of my current coursework.  I am grateful to Longwood University for providing me with this wonderful and enriching opportunity.

Morgan Spangler

SHAV 2014 Morgan SpanglerThrough the presentations, I gained a vast amount of knowledge about speech and language therapy and many creative ideas to implement during therapy.  There was also an exhibit room at the conference, where I was able to interact with employers and individuals selling the newest products for speech-language pathologists.  Overall, the conference was an amazing experience and a huge step forward in my professional journey to become a speech-language pathologist.

Allyson Toney

Going to the SHAV convention was an amazing experience for me. It was extremely informative and was a great way for me to get involved in the association. I really enjoyed the pre-conference that was on Wednesday from 8:30am-4:00pm. The speaker, David Hammer, is a celebrity in the field of Speech and Language Pathology. From his presentation on children with apraxia of speech, not only did I learn more about the disorder but I gained ideas and rationale for therapy ideas with children who have apraxia of speech and severe speech sound errors.

Ryan Tornabene and Michael Mahoney at booth
Ryan Tornabene and Michael Mahoney

Ryan Tornabene

I also got the opportunity to attend a session on language sampling. This session taught me a new strategy for collecting language samples in school-aged children. Also, this presentation taught me new strategies for eliciting responses from children that are more detailed. I also learned new techniques for analyzing language samples and utterances. Overall, the multiple sessions, presentations and exhibits I attended benefited me greatly.

Suzanne Williams

I was also able to see many presenters at the conference. The presenters were displaying new products. I saw everything from AAC devices to assessments on iPads to expressive language tools. It is really important to be familiar with available products so that I may make decisions about using them with my current and future clients.

Kelly Zeher

Attending this conference allowed me to connect with potential employers and obtain contact information for upcoming internship and externship experiences. It also allowed me to hear professionals speak about various different topics that include current intervention strategies used with different populations and disorders. Overall it was a great experience and I look forward to attending SHAV again next year.


Longwood Student Melissa Dressler Selected to Attend Annual State Conference

Virginia School Counselor Association Annual Conference: The Bridge to Student Success

Richmond, VA:  March 19-21, 2014

2014 VSCA Melissa Dressler

There were many benefits for attending this conference.  I had the opportunity to attend a meet and greet with Supervisors that represented School Divisions from all of the different counties in Virginia.  I also had the opportunity to talk to them about what the interview process is like for School Counselors as well as ask them what they look for in their applicants.  That experience helped me become more comfortable with the process after graduation and it gave me the chance to network even more so than just attending the conference. 

I would say that my favorite part of the Conference as a whole was when we got to hear from one of the Board members about how to "Leave a Mark" with your students.  She talked about how students all have different abilities and personalities and that they can choose whether to use their abilities for good or for negative reasons.  When they choose to use their abilities for good, it leaves a mark on someone and then it is returned back to them.  It seems like a simple concept but it is one of the most important things.  I also really appreciated hearing about a woman who is 86 years old and still has not retired from working as a School Counselor.  She made me want to be like her one day. 


Health and Physical Education Students Attend Southern District Convention

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Southern District Convention: Finding Joy in the Journey

Lexington, KY:  February 19-22, 2014

2014 AAHPERD Group photo Stephen Shockley, Erin Neal, Trisha Causin, and Amanda Basinger


Amanda Basinger

The session by Laura Prior and Beth Uhlman was really energetic and helpful.  I have always believed that fitness should be a big part of curriculum but could never find really good activities that kept students interested, and these ladies did just that.  They had multiple acitivities that not only included fitness but also classroom SOL’s which is a real bonus.  Another session that I found interesting focused on large class games.  This session was really informative because I always have trouble creating games that have over 80% of the students moving at once for large classes.  The presenter was so great that I bought his book of games to take with me wherever I go teach. 

Overall, the KAHPERD conference was spectacular.  I met many professionals in my field, I learned many valuable activities that focused on different SOL’s, and it really reminded me that I am passionate about teaching physical and health education. 

Trisha Causin

The second session of the day ended up being in my top three sessions that I truly enjoyed and took something away from. The presenter ended up being from Fairfax Virginia. He not only had a great session that gave me many activity ideas and management ideas but he ended up giving many career lessons throughout the entire conference. He is one contact that I intend to use in my future during my job hunt.

SDAAHPERD Conference was a great experience! I have many new contacts for my future as well as many new tools for my teaching toolbox. It was a great adventure to get to go out of state for a great educational experience. As the conference continued it was great to market for our graduate program here at Longwood. By the time the conference had ended three prospective students had already contacted our program director!

Erin Neal

The first presentation that I attended was called "Gnip-Gnop: A fun game for PE". The game is a variation of Ping-Pong that can be played by up to 20 students at one time.  I thought this game great for numerous reasons.  The first reason being that it puts a creative spin on a game that traditionally only allows up to four players. As a PE teacher optimal participation of students is always the goal. Another reason why I enjoyed this game is that because of this creative spin a great hand and eye coordination game now has the added benefit of working on cardiovascular fitness in a fun way. I see myself using this game in my own physical education game.

Even when we were not participating in presentations throughout the convention, we were able to network with members of the professional community and even had the opportunity to take a tour of the athletic facilities at the University of Kentucky.  This trip overall was an amazing experience, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to be a part of it.

Stephen Shockley

This conference included presentations from people all over the east coast. The convention brings in the best of the best to share different games, techniques, equipment, and much more with Health, PE and dance students/professionals.  One presentation that I really enjoyed was "Quick games for fun and fitness".  The presenter, John Jones, is from Fairfax and I found him to be one of the best presenters and physical educators I have ever met. Mr. Jones was full of energy, had a loud voice that carried throughout the room, and was able to mix in humor with the content he was teaching us.  Mr. Jones’ presentation taught me a few games that I will be able to use when I have my own class.  After his presentation and a couple of other times throughout the convention I was able to speak with Mr. Jones about a variety of topics pertaining to the physical education profession.