Application Deadline Monday, February 6, 2017
The Clay Minerals Society annually awards several grants of up to $3000 through its
student research grant program. Membership to CMS is required to
apply. Membership can be done on-line at https://cms.clays.org/membership.html
or download an
application and follow the instructions. A membership number will be assigned and sent
The Research Grant program provides partial financial support of research for students of clay science and technology.
Research Grant applications are judged on a competitive basis considering the qualifications of the applicant, the objectives of the research proposal, design of the research project and relation to Clay Science. Applicants selected will be nominated by a CMS Committee and approved by the CMS Council. The best grant application, as determined by the Research Grants Committee, will be the recipient of the grant titled the Robert C. Reynolds, Jr. Research Award. The award comes with a certificate and a free CMS membership for the following year.
Each applicant must complete a Research Grant Application available in hardcopy from the CMS Office or as a MS Word or pdf file . The applicant must obtain 2 confidential evaluations from two faculty members (forms included in application package).
Individual grant requests may be up to $3,000. Grant money may be used for the costs of travel by the grantee to conduct research, room and board associated with research-related field work, or for the costs of equipment, supplies, and analyses required to complete the research. Grant money may not be used for expenses incurred for travel to professional meetings to represent the results of this research. However, we strongly encourage grant recipients to present their research results at a future CMS meeting, and to apply for a Travel Grant at that time if funding for travel expenses is needed.
Recipients may apply for grants in subsequent years; however, no individual may receive more than one renewal of a previously funded project, or more than two grants for separate projects in separate projects in separate years.
Application Deadline Monday, February 6, 2017
Membership to CMS is required to apply
Membership can be done on-line at https://cms.clays.org/membership.html or download an application and follow the instructions. A membership number will be assigned and sent to you.
The travel grant program is designed to provide partial financial support to graduate students to attend the annual meeting of the Clay Minerals Society to present results of their research.
Travel Grants may not be used to support travel to other scientific meetings.
All student members of the Clay Minerals Society are eligible for the Student Travel Grants. Applications will be judged on a competitive basis. Applicants selected will be nominated by a five-member CMS committee and approved by the CMS Council. There are no restrictions with regard to nationality, gender or age. However you must be a member of the Clay Minerals Society to apply for a CMS Travel Grant. Students may apply for both the Research and Travel grants in one year. Students may receive no more than a total of two Travel Grants and two Research Grants. The applicant with the highest-ranked grant application, as determined by the Travel Grants Committee, will be the recipient of the Blair F. Jones/Jane M. Flinn Travel Award. The award includes acertificate and an extra $500.
Travel Grant applicants must submit their abstract to the meeting organizers as well as the CMS office!
Travel Grants can be requested for up to $1000 per grant for intracontinental travel or $1500 for intercontinental travel. Funds can be used to pay for: (1) meeting registration at the student rate, (2) field trip(s) that are part of the meeting, (3) CMS banquet ticket, (4) pre-meeting workshop, (5) travel, and (6) lodging. Expenses for meals (except for the CMS banquet) cannot be claimed. Travel funds will be reimbursed during or after the meeting for which the funds were requested. Reimbursement requests will require receipts to document expenses. Only allowable costs actually incurred will be reimbursed, up to the maximum amount awarded to the individual. (For example, if travel costs are less than originally anticipated, reimbursement will be for the actual travel costs, not the amount originally requested.)
Grant funds will be distributed to students at the annual banquet. Attendance at the banquet is required.
Through The Clay Minerals Society (CMS) conferences and publications, CMS offers students the best means of following the many-sided growth of the clay sciences and of meeting fellow scientists and technologists with widely different backgrounds and interests.
Professor Joe Stucki, CMS’s Editor-in-Chief, summarizes the benefits of student membership in the Clay Minerals Society in these brief comments:
One of the most important element in the advancement of one’s career in clay science is to belong to a strong network of scientists with common interests. Participants both teach and learn from one another. The CMS is an excellent such network. The Clay Minerals Society for me has fulfilled these purposes in a most satisfying manner because it: (1) publishes a great journal for disseminating scientific ideas and findings, (2) sponsors intellectually stimulating conferences that are large enough but not too large, and (3) is composed of many individuals who are not only well versed in the science, but are so willing to share their time and talents with others.”
The Clay Minerals Society offers a reduced Student Membership rate entitling students to:
A reduced subscription rate to Clays and Clay Minerals, one of the leading journals in the field of clay science
Online Access to Clays and Clay Minerals free to student members
For North American members, free membership in AIPEA, the international clay organization
Awards for best student papers and posters presented at the annual meeting
The Source Clays Project, which provides homogenous clay samples for research purposes
Discounts - Member discounts on pubpcations of The Clay Minerals Society, the Mineralogical Society of America and selected books of interest to clay scientists from other pubpshers
CMS Annual Meeting - The most up-to-date information on the society’s latest publications and registration materials for the annual CMS Conference, including workshops and field trips
Free subscription for members to the international magazine of mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrology, Elements
Any Questions? Contact Us:
The Clay Minerals Society
3635 Concorde Pkwy, Suite 500
Chantilly, VA 20151-1110
Phone: (703)652-9960; Fax: (703)652-9951