ABC Graduate Student Travel Grants

Updated June, 2020

The ABC Board of Directors recently voted to make the 2020 conference a virtual one due to COVID-19 concerns. As a result of the elimination of the need to travel, the Travel Grant will not be awarded in 2020. If you will be eligible for the 2021 travel award, we encourage you to apply when that time comes. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Graduate Studies Committee chair Stephen Carradini (

The Association for Business Communication is pleased to announce the ABC Graduate Student Travel Grants. Several $400 travel grants will be awarded to support graduate students presenting on business communication research, pedagogical innovations, or diversity and inclusion initiatives. The travel grants will be presented during the conference. The grants will be presented at the Presidential Awards Dinner during the conference and can be used to reimburse travel expenses and/or ABC annual dues.

Eligible applicants must be new or current ABC members who are enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the conference and must have been approved to present at the conference. Grants will be awarded based on both merit and need, with preference given to first-time attendees and graduate students who are not currently employed in a full-time academic or professional position in business/communication. (ABC considers permanent adjunct faculty as full-time/professional.) Eligible applicants include graduate research/teaching assistants. Grant recipients will be asked to donate two hours of service at the conference (e.g., staffing the registration table, helping to coordinate the silent auction, and/or photography).

To register for the conference with the student rate, your ABC student membership must be newly obtained or current. Obtain the graduate student discount code from prior to attempting registration, but after first establishing student membership and after receiving your approval to present.

To be considered for a grant, please complete this application no later than July 31. (The travel grant is contingent on attending and participating in an in-person conference.) Please direct any questions about these grants to the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, Stephen Carradini  (

Graduate Student Travel Grant Winners 2019  (Due to COVID-19, no travel grants were issued in 2020.)

Erica Bourland Midwestern State University
Samantha Cosgrove Iowa State University
Patrick Danner University of Louisville
Katlynne Davis University of Minnesota
Sara Doan University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Bowen Gao Ohio University
Doreen Hanke Texas A&M International University
Kathleen Hardesty Texas Tech University
Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq Utah State University
Laura Hazelton Jones Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Brandy Mmbaga University of Tennessee
CP Moreau Carnegie Mellon University
Ruby Kirk Nancy East Carolina University
Brandon Pytel University of Cincinnati
Thomas Scott Randall Texas Tech University
Jeremy Rosselot-Merritt University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Jason Tham University of Minnesota
Bremen Vance Iowa State University
Hua Wang Michigan Technological University
Krista White Kent State University
Yao Yao City University of Hong Kong
Mary Zink California Southern University

Previous winners