Student Travel Support

Graduate student postersThe IE school frequently receives requests to provide financial support for students to attend professional conferences. Instead of handling each case individually, the School has a policy that applies to all major conferences in the areas of interest to IE faculty/students (OR, Human Factors, Manufacturing and Production/Systems).

Rationale: Promoting student participation in conferences is important on several fronts: 1) it helps build the student's research credentials, 2) it helps students be visible and make professional contacts, 3) it promotes faculty and research done at Purdue, and 4) students are the best ambassadors for the school - to promote our name (and ranking).

Policy: The IE School will support IE students with accepted papers or talks at major disciplinary conferences (OR, Human Factors, Manufacturing, and Production Systems) on a “1/2-1/2” (faculty-school) basis, up to $600 per student per conference, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The student must have an accepted paper and/or be a lead presenter at the conference. If a paper has multiple student authors, the school will only support travel for one of them.
  2. The student must submit a trip request before the conference identifying the source of faculty support and estimated trip costs. This trip request must be submitted two weeks prior to departure and be approved by the IE Business Office and the faculty advisor.
  3. The student must be a current student in good standing with the university at the time of the presentation.
  4. When feasible, students will minimize overall cost by coordinating transportation, sharing lodging, volunteering for conference support, etc.
  5. School support = min (faculty advisor support, 1/2 of the total cost, $600).
  6. For the student who makes a poster presentation at the conference, the student must submit the poster to Leza Dellinger ( for display on the school website or in the building.
  7. Faculty advisor support can come from research funds, start-up funds, or other discretionary accounts controlled by the faculty member.

Email Leza Dellinger,, and the school Business Office,; they will manage the approval and reimbursement process.