Registration and Travel Grants

2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium

The Engineering Graduate Symposium at the University of Michigan is open to all prospective Ph.D. and master's students.  This includes University of Michigan undergraduates as well as students attending other institutions across the U.S.  There is no cost to attend the program, simply register below. Students who live a greater distance from Ann Arbor, MI can apply for a travel grant to attend. 

Prospective Student Registration

Non-Travel Grant Seekers (includes U-M undergraduate students and non-U-M students):


For prospective graduate students within relatively close driving distance to Ann Arbor, prospective graduate students who intend to fund their own travel and do not choose to apply for a travel grant, or current U-M undergraduate students with intentions to attend the Engineering Graduate Symposium, there is a separate registration process. Please click here to access the registration form. For questions, please contact

Travel Grants (for students attending only if they receive travel funding):

Non-U-M students who wish to apply must first create a U-M Friend account at the following link:  Be sure to save your login and
password information. After creating a friend account, you can log in to the application at any time to update information, upload transcripts/resume/letters of recommendation
and see your application status. If your recommender would prefer not to send you the recommendation letter directly so you can upload it yourself, you can have the
recommender send the letter to If you forget your password you can reset here,


You may access the application through the following link:

Travel Grant Application Criteria: 

  • The due date for completed applications is October 6, 2014
  • Applicants must intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree program (the University of Michigan allows students to apply for a Ph.D. program directly after their bachelor's degree)
  • Primary preference in awarding travel grants is given to students with junior status; students that will be applying for admission for Fall 2016 term.
  • Secondary preference in awarding travel grants is given to seniors and masters students; students that will be applying for admission for Fall 2015 term (freshman and sophomores are not eligible).
  • Travel grants funded by the College of Engineering are open to all applicants.  Travel grants funded by NSF-AGEP are subject to NSF-AGEP requirements.
  • U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents and international students living in the U.S. are all eligible for travel grants (students residing overseers are not eligible).
  • In general, students with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.50+ have the strongest case for travel grant acceptance; students should review general graduate admission requirements for their engineering department of interest. There are a limited number of travel grants available, so all eligible applicants cannot be selected.
  • Complete travel grant application, upload unofficial transcripts (all classes completed through August 2014), 1-2 letters of recommendation from a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) faculty, and a resume.

Note: you may submit letters of recommendation with your online application or have them emailed to

Selection & Notification:

  • Applications will be reviewed by faculty in the department/program of interest.
  • Applications will be selected on a rolling basis. It is to your advantage to apply early (by mid to late September).
  • Most students will be notified by phone/email by mid-October if they are selected to receive a travel grant.

Note: Travel grant recipients receive airfare/mileage, hotel, local transportation and meals from Thursday through Saturday.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Thursday Arrival:  3:00 - 5:00 PM ET or onward arrival flights
Thursday Evening: 7:00 PM onward Dinner and Social Activities
Friday Day: Engineering Graduate Symposium
Friday Evening: Dinner and Social Actitivies; Free Time in Ann Arbor/Campus
Saturday through noon: Ann Arbor/Campus Bus Tour, Lunch, Student Panel
Saturday afternoon: Program ends at noon; 2:00 PM ET onward departure flights

Feel free to contact with questions.