Travel Grant Awards

Travel grants are available each fall and spring to undergraduate neuroscience and behavioral biology students. They are open to students who are presenting at a research conference on behalf of their research lab. These awards can be used for hotel accommodations, transportation, food, and membership fees. The program office will email students each semester to give explicit details on the application deadline date. Students that are awarded travel grants will be informed of the reimbursement process.

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2019: 4:00 p.m. September 27th
  • Spring 2020: 4:00 p.m. March 27th

Application Materials

  • Research proposal
  • Detailed budget
  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation from a PI

Email application to the Program Office.

Reimbursement Process

You must save all receipts to be reimbursed. You will not be reimbursed without an itemized receipt for all cash reimbursements, and for all credit card reimbursements an itemized receipt must be accompanied by your credit card receipt. Please save all receipts when in doubt. Only food and transportation are reimbursable – no alcohol. Contact Linda M. White for reimbursement questions.

David S. Olton Research Award

The David S. Olton Award is given annually to support undergraduate research in the area of the biology of behavior, broadly defined. Undergraduate students from Johns Hopkins psychology, behavioral biology, and neuroscience are encouraged to apply. The award is $4,000. This award is designed to help students complete a project of their own that they might not otherwise be able to carry out due to financial limitations. Therefore, the award can potentially cover a wide range of costs including stipend support (either during the academic year or the summer) or equipment and/or supplies essential to the project.

Deadline: 4 p.m. October 25, 2019

Applications should include:

  • A short proposal (approximately 2 to 3 pages, including references)
  • A letter of support from their research sponsor (emailed directly to the program administrator from the research sponsor)
  • A budget with justification
  • A 1-page summary of research and course experience relevant to the project
  • An unofficial transcript

Email application materials to Linda White.

An email announcement is sent to all students during the fall semester to provide information on applicable deadlines and requirements on submission.

The award was established in remembrance of David S. Olton, a professor of psychology at the Johns Hopkins University, who was a leader in the field of hippocampus research. During his career, Olton published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and pioneered the use of the radial arm maze as an important tool in the investigation of learning and memory. He contributed to our understanding of the hippocampus by investigating how aging affects memory, and exploring the use of drug therapies to curb memory loss. Olton also helped design the parameters of the existing Program in Behavioral Biology, and was influential in the decision to renovate Ames Hall.

Shortly after his passing in 1994, his family established the fund in his honor. As undergraduate research had been an interest of Olton’s during his time at Hopkins, the fund was designed with that aspect in mind.

Curt Richter Award

The Curt P. Richter Award in Behavioral Biology Research is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the David S. Olton Behavioral Biology Program. It is awarded to a selected graduating senior to recognize his/her dedication to excellence in education and research. Dr. Richter is a former Hopkins graduate with a passion for science and research.

Hopkins Office of Undergraduate Research

HOUR has a number of programs to support undergraduate research including PURA due October 1 for the academic year and Summer PURA awards support summer research.