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Travel Funding

As part of its sponsorship of the Certificate, the Simpson Center makes available limited conference travel funding for CPS fellows.

To ensure some distribution of funds across the program, we offer small grants of up to $500. Requests are assessed by the Certificate directors. Priority is given to to fellows who are active in the certificate (through coursework, program activities, or leadership roles), to those who have not previously received CPS travel funding, to engaged and collaborative work (with other fellows, faculty, or community partners), and to presentation in interdisciplinary venues. The yearly funding cycle runs from July 1 through June 1.

To request funding, please send an email inquiry to the CPS Directors, Miriam Bartha and Bruce Burgett, detailing the nature of the presentation, the venue, your estimated costs for participating, and the connections to your CPS goals and interests.

All fellows receiving funding are asked to report back to other CPS fellows on their conference experience by sending an email to the listserv about the conference, their activities, and what they learned or gained specifically in relation to their thinking about public scholarship. Fellows receiving funding are also encouraged to report back on their experiences at the CPS quarterly meeting immediately following the conference.

Fellows' Conference Highlights

Angela Real Duran (Hispanic Studies) attended the 2016 Imagining America National Conference on a PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) fellowship, supplemented by funds from the Certificate. She writes:

 PAGE members and co-directors had a summit in which we got to meet and connect with everyone in the group. The community that is PAGE is truly exceptional since it provides a space for sharing projects as well as for potential collaborations among the fellows. It was a beautiful and energizing session (and, more generally, conference) that gave me the opportunity to hear about the community engaged work of other graduate students in different institutions. On Friday the 7th all the new PAGE fellows introduced themselves and their work to the Imagining America community. In the form of 5 minute lightning talks, these short presentations were moving and powerful narratives that highlighted the crucial role of higher education in advancing democratic values of social justice and equality. 

The Imagining America national conference is radically different from any other professional conferences I have attended. This year's opening sessions raised questions about best strategies and practices to "reinsert public education as a public good back into the center of state and national politics in the face of massive attacks" as well as questions about what it means to do effective organizing in higher education. Several site visits to cultural and community centers as well as high schools followed. I visited a youth and family center where faculty members from the University of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Schools have been collaborating  in a project that explores how middle and high school students can use digital narrative to "investigate and challenge issues if global human rights." The site visits are inspiring, powerful, and excellent ways to see how diverse communities are materializing public scholarship oriented projects.

I do want to finish by encouraging all of you to attend future conferences of Imagining America so you can connect with other graduate students, educators, and professors whose work might intersect with your own. And, most importantly, to be part of a wonderful community of public scholars. 

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