Graeme Bell Travel Award

Enriching and enhancing the undergraduate research experience at the University of Calgary.

Award details

The goal of the Graeme Bell Travel Award (GBTA) is to enrich and enhance the undergraduate research experience at the University of Calgary. The GBTA provides financial support to PURE (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience) student researchers interested in presenting their PURE research at conferences or symposiums to share their research findings. The GBTA is an option to undergraduate students that have completed an 8, 12, or 16-week PURE research project in the current academic year.

For the 2020-21 year, the Graeme Bell Travel Award has been adjusted to meet the needs of students and the state of remote research. The 2020 PURE student cohort are eligible to apply for the GBTA if they have attended or plan to attend a virtual conference or symposium between September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021. The GBTA will cover up to $500 of registration fee costs.

Important information

Award value: Up to $500

PURE students can apply for a maximum of one award per year.

The Graeme Bell Travel Award program accepts applications in January and July for the 2020 PURE cohort. We are currently accepting applications for the July 1 deadline.

Application deadline: July 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. MDT


To be eligible to apply for a GBTA, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Calgary in good academic standing
  • Have completed a PURE research project in spring/summer 2020
  • Have submitted a complete application form
  • Be presenting their PURE research at a virtual conference or symposium
  • Must attend or have attended the virtual conference or symposium between September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021 and within six months of the date of application


In determining who will receive awards, the committee will consider the need for funds, clarity of statements explaining of how the experience will enhance the program outcomes of PURE, the number of applications, event type, and the nature of participation. In general, conference presentations will be given higher priority over poster presentations. The committee may also prioritize upper-level students, first-time conference attendees, and EDI seeking groups.

Jeshna Kumari

Presenting at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society was a remarkable experience! With the support of my supervisors and PURE, I had the opportunity to travel to America and learn about interdisciplinary approaches in healthcare within the field of neuropsychology. As an oral presenter, I also had the opportunity to develop effective communication and presentational skills while enhancing social networks with doctors and PhD students from around the world, all through the incredible support of the GBTA!

Jeshna Kumari, second-year undergraduate student

Faculty of Nursing