March 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 3

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2009 Student Forum Travel Awards

ASA seeks applications for student travel to
2009 Annual Meeting

airplane The ASA Student Forum is pleased to announce that Council is making funds available to support student travel awards to the ASA Annual Meeting. The Association anticipates granting approximately 33-35 travel awards in the amount of $225 each. These awards will be made on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students by defraying expenses associated with attending the 2009 ASA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. To apply, complete the online application or submit four copies of the 2009 Student Forum Travel Award Application form no later than April 1, 2009.

Applicants must be students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate sociology degree in an academic institution and a current student member of ASA at the time of application. For more information, contact the ASA Executive Office at or (202) 383-9005, ext. 322. The award application form can be found on the ASA website ( under "Funding" and on the Student Forum website ( 

Stimulus Funds Available to Researchers

Introducing the NIH Challenge Grant RFA OD-09-003

NIH has received new funds as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. The NIH has designated at least $200 million for a new initiative called the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research. This new program will support research that addresses specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research that would benefit from significant 2-year jumpstart funds. The NIH identified 15 Challenge Areas (e.g., Health Disparities and Behavior, Behavioral Change, and Prevention) that focus on specific knowledge gaps, scientific opportunities, data generation, or research methods that would benefit from an influx of funds to quickly advance the area. NIH anticipates funding 200 or more grants, each of up to $1 million in total costs. For more information, see The application deadline is April 27, 2009.


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