Global Travel Grant Recipients and Announcements

All Global Travel Grant Recipients

Find the list of SSA Global Travel Grant recipients below. Learn more about the travel grant and application process here.

Year Grantee Program Location Amount
July 2022 Marc Garcia National Diversity in STEM Conference San Juan, Puerto Rico $2,200
July 2022 Cristina Lorenzo-Velázquez Latin American and Caribbean Seismological Commission IV ASSEMBLY  Quito, Ecuador $1,800
February 2022 Jared Bryan Passive Imaging & Monitoring in Wave Physics: From Seismology to Ultrasound Cargèse, France $2,463
February 2022 Claire Doody EGU General Assembly 2022 Vienna, Austria $2,390
February 2022 Molly Gallahue Sigma2 Closing Symposium Avignon, France $2,000
February 2022 Revathy Parameswaran 2022 NISAR Science Community Workshop Pasadena, California, USA $1,800
February 2022 Xiaotao Yang Volatiles from Source to Surface Workshop – A GeoPRISMS Synthesis Workshop Bozeman, Montana, USA $1,210
July 2021 Shanna Chu Earthquakes: Nucleation, Triggering and Relationships with Aseismic Processes Workshop Corsica, France $1,600


July 2021 Danielle Lindsay Structure and Deformation at Plate Boundaries Workshop Honolulu, Hawaii $1,680
July 2021 Christina Tsarsitalidou Passive Imaging and Monitoring in Wave Physics: From Seismology to Ultrasound Workshop Corsica, France $1,075
February 2021 Molly Gallahue EGU General Assembly 2021 Virtual $150
February 2020 Piotr A. Bońkowski 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering   Sendai, Japan $2,500
February 2020 Ezgi Karasozen General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission  Corfu, Greece $1,975
February 2020 Karthik Reddy Sai Krishna Konala 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Sendai, Japan $1,175
February 2020 Chris Milliner COMET Annual Meeting   Liverpool, United Kingdom $1,100
February 2020 Erika Schiappapietra 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Sendai, Japan $1,950
July 2019 Waheed G. Akande 8th International Conference of Seismology & Earthquake Engineering Tehran, Iran $1,424
July 2019 Jordan R. Caylor International Symposium on Deep Seismic Profiling of the Continents and their Margins Perth, Australia $2,850
July 2019 Sofia Cubillos Gordillo National Earthquake Conference San Diego, California $1,000 
July 2019 Mohammadreza Jamalreyhani International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology Paris, France $1,500
July 2019 Leah M. Salditch International Colloquium on Historical Earthquakes & Paleoseismology Studies Barcelona, Spain $2,040
February 2019 Farnaz Kamranzad 11th International Workshop on Statistical Seismology Hakone, Japan $1,200
February 2019 Angela G. Marusiak Summer 2019 InSight Science Team Meeting Paris, France $1,325
February 2019 Nicolás Pinzón XVII Colombian Congress of Geology and IV Explorer Symposium 2019 Santa Marta, Colombia $1,000
February 2019 Swasti Saxena Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT) 25 Charlotte, North Carolina $1,500
February 2019 Hema Sandeep Sharma Passive Imaging & Monitoring in Wave Physics: From Seismology to Ultrasound Cargèse, Corsica, France $1,500
July 2018 Karen Pearson 11th International Workshop on Statistical Seismology Hakone, Japan $1,450
July 2018 Kseniia Nepeina 18th International Workshop on Seismic Anisotropy Jerusalem, Israel $1,000
February 2018 Rachel Hatch Banff 2018 International Induced Seismicity Workshop Alberta, Canada $1,000
February 2018 Heather McFarlin Cities on Volcanoes 10 Naples, Italy $2,000
February 2018 Nadine Reitman 2018 Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting Palm Springs, California $520


Stories from Global Travel Grant Recipients

Bon Voyage! It’s Global Travel Grant Application Time

Student and early-career members are invited to apply for the next round of SSA Global Travel Grants. The grants of up to $2,500 dollars (plus an additional $500 to help cover parents’ childcare costs) have already paid the way for dozens of SSA members to attend seismology-related conferences and workshops, in-person or virtual, hosted by other organizations worldwide.

As recipients like Molly Gallahue point out, the grants offer student and early-career members a helping hand over the financial obstacles that can stand in the way of attending conferences and making career-advancing connections in the wider scientific community.

Gallahue, a PhD candidate at Northwestern University, said that her Global Travel Grant, which took her to the SIGMA2 Closing Symposium conference in Avignon, France, at the end of May, also “took so much financial and logistical stress off myself, which cannot be underestimated with all the remaining complexities of international travel due to the pandemic.” The conference, her first outside North America, was also the smallest conference Gallahue had ever attended.

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SSA Global Travel Grants Advance Careers and Earthquake Science

Akande Receiving a Souvenir from Dr. Farokh Parsizadeh
Akande Receiving a Souvenir from Dr. Farokh Parsizadeh

An invitation to submit a paper. International collaboration. Feedback from senior scientists.

These career-changing connections happen at scientific conferences. SSA’s Global Travel Grant gives more members the opportunity to enjoy them.

“The SSA Global Travel Grant is special among other grants,” says Leah Salditch, Northwestern University. “Not many professional societies provide you with the means to attend other meetings, especially ones in other countries.” It’s an opportunity to improve science, she adds, by “sharing [information] across political borders.”

In Fall 2019, Waheed Gbenga Akande, University of Aberdeen and Salditch, Northwestern University received Global Travel Grants to fund their travel to international scientific meetings: Akande to the 8th International Conference of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in Iran and Salditch to the 7th International Colloquium on Historical Earthquakes & Paleoseismology Studies in Barcelona, Spain.

While there, Akande and Salditch had the opportunity to improve their research, to submit a paper to Seismological Research Letters and to collaborate internationally. To learn more, read the full article on how this grant has benefitted these two students.

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Getting a Fresh Perspective with a Global Travel Grant

Swasti Saxena

Swasti Saxena, a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, knows the excitement that precedes presenting her research before leaders in her field. At the 2019 Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT) 25 conference, she was “starstruck” to find herself presenting in the same session as senior scientists Yousef Bozorgnia and Kenneth Campbell.

Saxena uses their equations in her research utilizing large-scale wavefield simulations to predict vertical ground motion and to improve the resilience of nuclear power plants. “To be presenting in the same session as them… Wow,” she says. “I was glad they presented before me, because I got to see them as humans, as people answering questions.”

Saxena says the experience wouldn’t have been possible without an SSA Global Travel Grant.

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Student Attends Induced Seismicity Workshop With Help of Global Travel Grant

Rachel Hatch in front of Mount Rundle in Banff.
Rachel Hatch in front of Mount Rundle in Banff

At first glance, an induced seismicity workshop might seem like an odd destination for Rachel Hatch, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Her interest in earthquakes started early, but it mostly revolved around seismic events with natural causes. She was born in San Francisco a month after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that devastated the Bay Area, and for her master’s thesis she researched dynamically triggered earthquakes.

Now at the University of Nevada, Hatch studies small-to-moderate earthquakes in the Walker Lane tectonic region, a complex system of faults along the California and Nevada border that’s responsible for up to a quarter of all movement between the Pacific and North American plates, with the San Andreas Fault taking up the rest.

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Global Travel Grant Sends Student to Cities on Volcanoes 10 Conference in Italy

Heather McFarlin
Heather McFarlin at the rim of the Monte Nuovo crater in Naples

Heather McFarlin’s interest in volcanoes can be traced back to her father, who worked in hard rock drilling and loved science. This early exposure to geoscience followed her to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she majored in Geography.

“One of the very first homework assignments I had was to look up careers that seemed interesting and find out what it would take to get a job in the field,” McFarlin recalls.

Having always been fascinated by volcanoes, McFarlin looked up jobs that studied them.

“I wanted to work at an observatory monitoring volcanoes and help the people living nearby know what is going on in their environment,” she says. “One of the best ways to monitor a volcano is with seismic instruments, so I decided to become a volcano seismologist.”

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