Student Awards and Grants

Each year the Society for Cryobiology awards approximately $10,000 in travel grants to student members from around the world enabling them to travel to the meeting to present their research. A further $3,000 in prize money is awarded to the winners of our special prizes, the Peter L. Steponkus Crystal Award, John K. Critser Award and the winner of the Poster competition.  

Peter L. Steponkus Crystal Award Competition
The top four applicants, as selected by the Student Awards Committee, will present their work in a special session during the meeting. The winner of the Peter L. Steponkus Crystal Award will be awarded an honorarium of $1,000.

John K. Critser Student Travel Award
The Critser Award offers meeting travel and expense support in the amount of $1,500 for the top ranked extended abstract. This award is generously endowed by the Critser Family.

Student Poster Competition 
All student posters are eligible to enter the student poster competition. The winner will be awarded an honorarium of $500. 

Student Travel Grants
Exact award amounts will depend on your geographic location and are at the discretion of the Student Awards Committee. Grants may be used for registration, travel, or accommodation. Grants usually range between $500 – 1,000. 

Exceptional Plant Species Travel Grants – Sponsored by Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Exceptional Plant Cryobiotechnology Award provides travel funds for 1-2 students to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society for Cryobiology in the amount of $500 – $750 each, to present their research on cryopreservation of embryos, shoot tips, pollen, or other tissues benefitting the long-term conservation of one or more non-agricultural, endangered exceptional species. Exceptional species are defined as species that cannot be conserved long-term using traditional seed banking (dry storage at -20oC). Work on cryopreservation protocols may be done on a common, non-commercial exceptional species that is congeneric with an endangered species. Applicants must justify the choice of species and benefit to conservation in their extended abstract. This award is funded by a grant to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Please note tax information may be required from all award and grant winners for disbursement of funds. 

Entry Criteria
 Applicants must a current student member of the Society for Cryobiology. You can apply for or renew your membership at the Society for Cryobiology website. Student membership is free with supporting evidence of full time student status.

Student ID must be uploaded with all Student Travel Grant and Award applications. The following types of student ID are accepted:

1) Student ID card with photo and expiry date
2) Student declaration letter filled in by your department or university. This must be printed on letterhead paper and signed and stamped.
3) Screenshot/Photo of your university student portal showing the current year of registration. 

Submission of Abstract through Ex Ordo
Please note that submitting your application for the student awards and grants does not automatically submit your abstract for acceptance to CRYO2019. All students submitting the award and grant application must also submit an abridged version of their abstract (<300 words) for review and acceptance at the meeting. Please follow the instructions on the abstracts page and submit your abridged abstract by April 8, 2019. 

The closing date for the travel grants and awards is April 8, 2019. Late entries cannot be accepted.