Lisa Walker Travel Grant



The Spring 2022 Lisa Walker Travel Grant application is open starting January 1st 2022. Applications are due on February 28th 2022.

Applications Due:








Lisa Walker Travel Grant

Each semester the Secretary of CBE Women invites applications for the Lisa Walker Travel Grant. The award funds female members of CBE for travel for unique professional development opportunities up to $2000.

Opportunities funded:

  • Specialty Conferences: e.g. Gordon Research Symposium, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Perovskite Solar Cells and Optoelectronics Conference, The Advanced Automotive Battery Conference, etc.
  • Collaborative research: e.g. industrial internships, research internships, collaborative research, field work
  • Other non-conference events such as training or classes e.g. Cold Spring Harbor, start-up management workshop, on-site experience


  • Applicants must be female members of CBE, and priority will be given to PhD students. MS students and postdocs will be considered with an additional justification of why they are well suited for this award.
  • Travel must occur within the 12 months following the application due date.
  • Each student is eligible to receive this award in each category only once

Past Awardees:


The Lisa Walker Award allowed me to attend two virtual conferences, ACS Meetings & Expos and ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium in 2021. I was awarded in 2019, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, my conferences were postponed for one year. In this difficult time, thanks to the Lisa Walker Award, I was able to present my work on liquid crystal sensors for dynamic reaction pathways and active liquid crystal droplets that can both self-propelling and achieve functions, where I received a lot of interest from the audiences. I also attended the talks presented by top academic researchers and industrial leaders in chemistry, chemical engineering and biochemistry. These conferences were great professional development opportunities for me. The ideas inspired me not only on active materials and sensors that I am currently working on, but also on directions I can possibly pursue for my postdoc research.

-Xin Wang, Abbott Group settings.

Thank you, Lisa Walker!

We are grateful to CBE alumna Lisa Walker for her generous contributions of $25,000 to our organization that have helped us run an ambitious programming and provide travel grants to female CBE graduate students.

Lisa Walker '86

Lisa Walker '86

Managing Partner, DHR International

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