Graeme Bell Travel Award

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 for undergraduate students that have received an 8-, 12-, or 16-week PURE award in spring/summer 2023.

Important information

Award value: $1,450

The Graeme Bell Travel Award program accepts applications in the fall (September) and winter (January) for the 2023 PURE cohort.

PURE students can receive a maximum of one award per year. Students can submit applications for both fall and winter deadlines, provided they were not awarded in the fall.

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall deadline.

Application Deadline:

September 29, 2023 @ 11:59 pm


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 received a PURE award in spring/summer 2023
  • Have submitted a complete application form
  • Be presenting their PURE research at a conference or symposium
  • Must attend or have attended the conference or symposium between May 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024


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.

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

Jeshna Kumari, second-year undergraduate student

Faculty of Nursing