Individual students and student groups attending academic and professional conferences with a faculty or staff member may apply for mini-grants from the Discovering and Claiming Our Callings Initiative. These mini-grants to attend conferences are intended to enhance the vocational discernment and preparation of Wartburg students. In recent years over $45,000 has been provided to over 300 students to offset the cost associated with attending conferences.
Students who are planning to attend a conference after June 1 may submit an application for funds to be used after that time period.
Guidelines for disbursement of funds:
- In order for funding to be approved:
- A faculty or staff member must accompany each student or group of students.
- The conference must be professional or academic (not a student conference).
- Funding from the Callings Initiative is to support student attendance. Faculty and staff should use professional development funds to offset their costs. (Faculty/staff costs will be considered for support from the Callings Initiative if the faculty/staff person typically would not attend this conference and no department professional development funds are available).
- Typically funding will be capped at $200 per student. (Exceptions may be considered under special circumstances).
- Funding is designated to offset the costs for:
- Conference fees
- Not for meals
- Funding will be approved prior to the conference, but will be disbursed when the student submits a reflection document following their return to campus. Students must submit receipts for anything they would like to be reimbursed for.
- If a student is presenting research at the conference, Institutional Research funds should be requested prior to applying for funds from the Callings Initiative. Visit: http://www.wartburg.edu/wcur/.
- An effort will be made to distribute funds equitably across disciplines.
- A percentage of the funds will be reserved for distribution during each academic term. Funds are distributed on a rolling basis, so an effort should be made to apply early in a given academic year.
To apply student attendees must submit all of the following electronically to
- Application (XLS) - Please complete all three tabs. The tabs include:
- Tab1 - Conference logistics and attendee information
- Tab2 - Budget planning worksheet
- Tab3 - Conference sessions that will be attended by each attendee
- Written proposal that includes the following:
- A description of the conference and its relationship to the student’s major and/or professional interest for each student
- A statement as to the value of the conference for the vocational discernment and preparation for each student
- Additionally, the faculty or staff member who will accompany the student or group must submit a letter of recommendation.
Groups should submit a joint application and written proposal. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. (Please submit applications as early as possible to allow for distribution planning). Coordinators of groups are also encouraged to coordinate the submission of reflections.
- Questions: TJ Warren at 319-352-8651
Post-Conference Follow Up
A few examples of conferences that have been attended in recent years include:
- Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference
- National Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Meeting and Exposition
- National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference
- Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Annual Conference
- National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference