The purpose of the Student Honorary Awards for Research and Practice (‘SHARP’) award is to provide financial assistance to University of South Florida College of Public Health (COPH) graduate and undergraduate (BSPH Major) students who are traveling to present their research or practice at a local, state, regional, national, or international professional meeting/conference.
Students may receive one full SHARP award per year to assist with travel expenses associated with participation (poster or oral abstract presentation) in a professional meeting/conference. The 2019-2020 fiscal year is from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
Depending upon the availability of funds, doctoral-level students may be awarded up to $1,500 for domestic or international conferences, and master’s level and undergraduate (BSPH degree seeking) students may be awarded up to $750 domestic conferences or international conferences.
Domestic travel (within the United States) and Foreign travel:
Local travel (defined as within 50 miles of the University of South Florida):
Not allowable costs for local travel:
The COPH SHARP award is a competitive internal award within the COPH and students receive funding through the University Travel Reimbursement Process. Students applying for the COPH SHARP award are advised to prepare a well-written and complete application according to the guidelines in this email and use the downloadable application form. Students may contact Lisa Sleek (email@example.com) if they have specific questions regarding the SHARP application. In order to be eligible for the SHARP award, COPH students must meet the following criteria.
The student applicant must:
Students should submit a completed and signed application along with all supporting documentation as one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit Travel Expense Report (TER) to their COPH support staff as noted in the congratulatory e-mail: As part of the university travel reimbursement process, SHARP recipients must submit documentation of all travel expenses. COPH support staff will aid the student in the completion of the Travel Expense Report (TER) via Archivum and any additional required forms. Failure to supporting documentation as required within 10 days may result in loss of funding.
Prepare and submit final typed report: The report should include:
Please submit this report to email@example.com
Create a narrated presentation (Podcast): Students are also expected to create a narrated presentation (audio only) about their conference experience. With assistance from the COPH's Office of Educational Technology and Assessment, this presentation will be posted on the USF COPH Student Research site. Students will not be videotaped as part of this requirement. Contact information to fulfill this requirement will be provided in the congratulatory email.
Prior to their audio taping session, students are encouraged to review the following guidelines for creating a podcast:
How attending this conference will be beneficial to your studies and/or career
If you would like to see examples of completed presentation narratives, please visit this website https://health.usf.edu/publichealth/research/student-research-podcasts-sharp/. You will be provided with a URL to access your individual presentation and are encouraged to include this link in your personal resume/CV.
Yes! But no more than one award per fiscal year! Students may receive one full SHARP award per year to assist with travel expenses associated with participation (poster or oral abstract presentation) in a professional meeting/conference. The 2019-2020 fiscal year is from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
No. Presentation at a conference must occur while the student is enrolled in the same graduate program. For example, a student may be scheduled to graduate from the COPH MPH program in early August (summer semester), with plans to begin a COPH doctoral program in late August (Fall Semester). If the student’s abstract has been accepted for presentation at a conference in November, the student should apply for the SHARP award in September.
YES, COPH students who receive SHARP awards to present their research at conferences can have their posters printed free of charge at the Pro Copy store on Fowler Ave. Information how to proceed with printing will be provided in the congratulatory email.
Please note: If students are co-presenting the same abstract, or case study, then SHARP award funding will be divided between the two students. If the students are presenting separate abstracts, each student may apply for and be awarded separate SHARP awards.
Yes, if the outside funds are less than the costs of the conference, you may possibly receive some SHARP funds as a supplement. You must document the amount of your outside funds so that the committee can determine the most appropriate amount of funds for you to be allocated through the SHARP award.
No – Please be aware that according to the Student Government Conference Presentation Grant Program (CPGP) guidelines under section Limitations 5.2: Students shall not be awarded a Conference Presentation Grant if they are funded by another USF University Entity. Therefore, a COPH student may APPLY for both the SHARP award and the CPGP, but may ACCEPT only one of these two awards.
Possibly – If you can carefully document how your attendance at this conference clearly relates to your course of study at the COPH. You will need to explain how your presentation at this conference is related to your current and future COPH course work or research. It is also important that you include the COPH as your affiliation (or one of your affiliations) on the abstract and poster/presentation.