Coates Conference Travel Award

The award reimburses up to $1200 of eligible travel expenses for travel from July to June next year. Students may receive this award once during their Ph.D. studies. The travel must be to a national or international conference at which applicants are presenting the results of their doctoral research in the form of an oral presentation or poster. Applicants must be both first author and presenter of the research and have the recommendation of their major professor. Applicants must be Ph.D. students in the Physics & Astronomy Department.  

Application Deadline  

There are two annual deadlines for these awards:  

  • December 1: for travel from July 1 through December 31. 
  • April 10: for travel from January 1 through June 30.

Application Procedure  

  • The student must fill out the application form below and submit all the additional materials outlined in the form. 
  • Please submit applications electronically – via the online link below.

Award Procedure  

  • Students selected for the award must provide confirmation of the acceptance of their paper (oral or poster) from the conference and a copy of the final abstract and author list before travel will be reimbursed by the Coates Memorial Fund. 
  • Students are responsible for following all LSU procedures for travel authorization and reimbursement. 

Charles E. Coates Memorial Fund 

Charles E. Coates’ legacy of dedication to graduate study has been preserved over the years by the commitment, achievement, and high caliber of each class of graduate students. Their achievements could not be realized without the assistance of the Charles E. Coates Memorial Fund, established in 1964 in memory of Dr. Charles E. Coates. During his tenure, he served as head of the Department of Chemistry, dean of the Audubon Sugar School, and chair of the Graduate Division. The Coates Fund assists full-time chemical engineering, chemistry, and physics & astronomy doctoral students in their research endeavors through four awards: outstanding dissertation, conference travel, research travel, and scholar research. 


Submission Link

Nomination Letters Link