Student Travel Grants

Student Travel Grants

GTU Student Travel Grant: Students who have papers accepted for the program of the Annual Meeting of the AAR, SBL, or other comparable national meeting or conference may compete in the GTU's Student Travel Grant competition. Winner are given cash awards to support the costs of attending the meeting. The Dean and Core Doctoral Faculty Awards Committee select recipients for this award. Applications are ususally due September 15 (or the following Monday, if September 15 falls on a weekend) for the first cycle and February 15 for the second cycle (or the following Monday if February 15 falls on a weekend).

To apply, submitt a competed GTU Student Travel Grant Application Form.

There are two award cycles for the GTU Student Travel Grant. For meeting and conferences occuring from July 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019, submit your completed application no later than September 17, 2018 at 5 PM. For meetings occuring February 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019, the deadline is February 18, 2019, 11:59PM.

These are the criteria for evaluating entries:

  • Level of Competitiveness for the program slot: Different program categories of the AAR or SBL, for example, represent different levels of competition. These are ranked from easiest to most competitive along these lines: roundtables, consultations, seminar, group, section. The higher up the "competitiveness scale," the more points awarded to the proposal.
  • Clarity and coherence/ scholarly substance: Is the proposal well formed and clear; is it accessible to an audience outside of a very small cadre? Is it scholarly sound? Does it offer a fresh perspective or creative contribution?

Past Recipients of the GTU Student Travel Grant

AY 17-18

Cycle #2

Dunn, Laura. "Yogini-s in the Flesh: Power, Praxis, and the Embodied Divine Feminine." Presented at the Religion and Ritual: Poetics and Performnace of the Ineffable Conference at the University of Hawaii at Mãnoa, Honolulu, HI on April 4 -6th, 2018

LeFranc, Kate. "Paul's Flesh: A Disabled Reading of Flesh/Spirit Dualism." Presented at the Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate Student Conference in Princeton, NJ, on February 9 - 10th, 2018. 

Lee, Andrew. "Can This Text Still Speak? Reading Julian of Norwich's Prayer for Illness as (Fully Part of) a Classic Text of Embodied Mysticism." Presented at the Medieval Mystical Theology in Dialogue with Contemporary Thought Conference at Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium on May 30th - June 2nd, 2018.

Macinskas-Le, Leah. "Saved through Halakhah: Q4MMT Sees Atonement in Torah Observance, Not the Temple." Presented at the St. Andrew's Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies: Atonement: Sin, Sacrifice, and Salvation in Jewish and Christian Antiquity at St. Andrew's, United Kingdom, June 4 - 6th, 2018.

Torgerson, Laura Jean. "Good News from the Poor: Reading the Bible with Pentecostals in a Managua Barrio." Presented at the Society for Penecostal Studies Conference in Cleveland, TN on March 8 - 10th, 2018.

 

Cycle # 1

Checketts, Levi. "Uploaded Anthropologies: Moral Theory and STS in the Transhumanism Debate." Presented at the Society for the Social Study of Science in Boston, MA on September 1st, 2017.

Hudgins III, George "Trip" V. "Eccesiology and Musicking the Digital Commons: An Exploration of the Liturgists and Their Fans." Presented at the Christian Cogregational Music Conference in Oxfordshire, UK on July 19th, 2017.

Junker, Yohana. "Unsettling the Gaze: Land Art in the American Southwest, 1960-1970." Presented at the Osnabrück Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of the Law in Osnabrück, Germany on Augus 12, 2017.

Kuo, Henry S. "Peregrinating Between Two Cities: Revisting the 'Peregrinus'" and "A New Confessional Catholicity: Reformed Eccesiology and the Catholicity." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, MA on November 19 & 20, 2017.

LeFranc, Kate. "The Feeling of Whiteness: Privilege and the Illusion of Invulnerability." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, MA on November 20, 2017.

Moceri, Daniel. "A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: Judith Herman, Complex Trauma, and a Legacy of Healing." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, MA on November 20, 2017.

Owens-Jofré, Jennifer. "Las Caminatas Por La Paz as Epistemological Practice: How Popular Catholicism Makes Meaning of Suffering." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, MA on November 21, 2017.

Park, Hyun Ho Peter. GTU SBL Liaison. 

Quarels, Stephan. "An Erotic Method to Madness." Presented at the "Ways of Knowing" Conference at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA on October 28, 2017.

Reynoso, Rondall. "An Argument for Visual Theology." Presented at 12th Annual Verge Conference at Trinity Western University in Langely, British Columbia on September 28, 2017.

Torgerson, Laura Jean. "'The Bible Says…': Invoking Biblical Text in a Penecostal Bible Study." Presented at the National Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 18, 2017.

Um, Min. "Nothing Can Be Done Except the Will of God: The Question of the Divine Will and Human Freedom in Barth." Presented at the Karl Barth Graduate Student Symposium in Princeton, NJ.

Warfield, Joshua. "Resistance & the Freedom to Live Authentically: Queering Martin Luther's View of Vocation." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, MA on November 20, 2017.

Yip, Lai Shan. "A Queer China in the Eyes of Matteo Ricci and its Relation to the Christian-Confucian Synthesis." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, MA on November 19, 2017.

 

AY 16-17

Cycle #2

Adesanya, Ineda P. "Seeking Home: A Spiritual Response to the Resurgence of Overt Racism in America." Presented at the American Academy of Religion Western Region Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA on March 19, 2017.

Choate, Richard Austin. "Audite Ad Imaginem: What the Origins of Language Can Tells us About Human Uniqueness and Our Relationship with God." Presented at the Origins Conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists in Chicago, IL on April 21, 2017.

Motupali, Chaitanya. "Restorative Justice and Intergenerational Justice." Presented at the Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene (ISEE - International Society for Environmental Ehtics Symposium) in Fort Collins, CO, April 24-25, 2017.

Park, Hyun Ho Peter. "Subverting the Symbolic World: A Socio-Political Reading of 1 Cor. 7:17-24." Presented at the 2017 Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Meeting in Fullerton, CA, March 12-13, 2017.

Quarles, Stephan. "Is Derrida a Mystic" or "Praying Within Grammatology." Presented at the 1967+50: The Age of Grammatology Conference in Sussex Brighton, UK on June 23, 2017.

Sienkiewicz, Jim (James). "Traditional Belief & Ethnicity in the Oil Politics of the Niger Delta." Presented at the "Religion and Conflict" 16th Annual Florida State University Department of Religion Graduate Student Symposium in Tallahassee, FL, February 17-19, 2017.

Yunak, Olga. "The Mother of God of the Blind Spot: Renaming a Fresco by Theophanes the Greek." Presented at the Medieval Assoication of the Pacific Meeting in Eugene, OR, March 16-18, 2017.

Cycle #1

Eskew, Michaela. "Dalit Christianity: A Depiction of Jesus in Kalamkari Art." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, TX, November 19-22, 2016.

Hildebrand, Leigh Ann. "Jews (and Jewitches) Touching Trees: Hybrid Jewish/Pagan Identity, Ritual Practice, and Belief." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, TX, November 19-22, 2016.

Kuo, Henry S. "Reformed Confessions and Cosmic Catholicity." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, TX, November 19-22, 2016.

Moceri, Daniel. "Beyond PTSD: Treating the Mysterious Wounds of War." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, TX, November 19-22, 2016.

Peach, Robert. " 'We Against the World': White Engagement of 'Thug Life' as 'Thug Luv'. " Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, TX, November 19-22, 2016.

Yoon, I Sil. "Towards Reconciliation: The Need for North Korean Refufees and the South Korean Church to Understand Systemic Distortions that Shap Prejudice Against Each Other," and "The Value of Habermas' Discourse Ethics for an Inclusive Perspective Toward Belonging and Protection of the Stateless' Human Rights." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, TX, November 19-22, 2016.

 

AY 15-16

Cycle # 2

Guerra, Lauren Frances. "Reimagining the Imago Dei: The Insights of Chicana Feminist Author Sandra Cisneros." Presented at the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologicans in the U.S. in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 8th, 2016.

Javed, Reem. "Role Models: Navigating the Terrain of Social Justice-Making." Presented at the American Academy of Religion Western Region Annual Meeting in Tuscon, AZ,  April 1-3, 2016.

Jung, Daekung. "The Origins of Life and Divine Action in and Through Quantum Mechanics." Presented at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters Conference in University Center, MI on March 4th, 2016; "Reframing the Theological Rationale for Social Justice." Presented at The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religions and Philosophy in Kobe, Japan, March 31 - April 2, 2016.

Kaminski, Amanda. "Can Stories Save Us?: Dangerous Memory in the Christian Witness of Three Nineteenth Century Evangelical Women in America." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Missiology in St. Paul, MN, June 17-19, 2016.

Kuo, Henry S. "Virtue, Law, and the Ethics of Economic Rescue Legislation: Distributive Justice, Civil Law, and the TARP" and "The Business of Double Effect: the Ethics of Utilizing Bankruptcy Protection Laws as Managament Strategy." Presented at 5th Annual IAFOR Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy in Kobe, Japan,  March 31 - April 2, 2016.

Michon. Nathan. "Heart Training: Enhancing the Toolbox of Contemplative Practices." Presented at Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, June 23-26, 2016.

Najarro, Mauricio. "Translation as Self-Craft: On the Practice of Translating Hymns of Creation during a Time of Ecological Devastation." Presented at the 2016 Nida School of Translation Studies in Misano Adriatico, Italy, May 30 - June 10, 2016.

Owens-Jorfé, Jennifer. "'I Just Shouldn't Be Here': Implications of Catholic Deconversion Narratives for Catechesis." Presented at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in Jackson, FL, May 22-28, 2016.

Park, Hyun Ho Peter. "Joab, King David's Doppelganger: A Character Study of Joab in Samuel 18:1-19:8a." Presented at the 2016 Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Meeting in Claremont, CA, May 13 -15, 2016.

Tanis, Justin. "Respeto a Los Derechos Humanas: Themes of Social Justice and Inclusion in the Art of Nahum Zenil." Presented at the American Academy of Religion Western Region Annual Meeting in Tuscon, AZ,  April 1-3, 2016.

Cycle #1

Anderson, Beth R. "Christian Spirituality Education Re-Imagined: Piloting a Highlander-Inspired Course." Presented at the Colloquy at Religious Education Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, November 6-8, 2015.

Richetta, Amen. "A Womanist Interpretation of the Lukan Parable of the Grear Supper (Luke 14:15-24) Using the Amended Parable Theory of Octavia E. Butler." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, GA, November 21-24, 2015.

Kim, Sin Jook. "Performing Gender and the Death Drive: A Lacanian Interpretation of Gender Practice." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, GA, November 21-24, 2015.

Kuo, Henry S. "The Dangerous Memory of 1965: Immigration Legislation as Asian American Ecclesiological Challenge," and "The Dangerous Memory of Accra: Hope for a United Reformed Response to the Ecclesiological Crisis." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, GA, November 21-24, 2015.

London, Daniel. Respondent to "No Thing Outside: Affirming an Interconnected Reality to Reverse Patterns of Violence within a Whiteheadian-Girardian Paradigm" and Respondent to "An Unfathomable God: Mimesis, Apocalypse, and the Process Theology of Catherine Keller" at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, GA, November 21-24, 2015.

Moceri, Daniel. "We Overcome the Wound Together: A Trans-Disciplinary Systemic Approach to Healing Moral Inquiry." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, GA, November 21-24, 2015.

Najarro, Mauricio. "Hematological Linguistic and Itinerant Practice: Spirituality and Tradition in Teresa of Avila" and "Codependence and Familiar Idolatry: Liberation, Critique, and the Demands of Compassion in Catholic Discourse." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, GA, November 21-24, 2015.

 

AY 14-15

Cycle #2

Boyer, Ronald. "The Mythic Orphan: Archetypal Origins of the Hero in Mythology, Literature, and Film." Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in New Orleans, LA, April 1-4, 2015.

Checketts, Levi. "Vacek and Marion: Toward a Phenomenology of Erotic Love of God." Presented at the Center for Advanced Research in European Philosophy Conference in London, ON, March 27-29, 2015.

Guerra, Lauren. "Black Madonnas: Mary as Mediatrix and the Role of Inculturation." Presented at the Las Hermanas: The Struggle is One Conference in San Antonio, TX, March 19-21, 2015.

Hildebrand, Leigh Ann. "'Introduced by Luria': Sfat and Jewish/Pagan Ritual Syncretism." Presented at the Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality in Tel Aviv, Israel,  May 3-4, 2015.

Kim, Sungrae. "Interreligious Dialogue and Interreligious Peacebuilding." Presented at the Engaging Particularities XII Conference in Chestnut Hill, MA, March 26-27, 2015.

Kuo, Henry S. "The Dangerous Memory of the Crucified People: The Church as Liminal and Critical Space." Presented at 9th Ecclesiastical Investigations International Conference in Washington, DC, May 21-24, 2015.

Leininger, Austin. "The Sacramentality of Sex: Benefits of a Sacramental Approach to Sexual Ethics." Presented at the American Academy of Religion Rocky Mountains-Great Plains Regional Meeting in Omaha, NE, March 20-21, 2015.

Lin, Su-chi. "Art and Social Transformation: Making God Visible in Asian Context."Presented at the American Academy of Religion Upper-Midwest Regional Meeting in St. Paul, MN, April 17-18, 2015.

London, Daniel. "Called Out of the Wilderness of Rivalry into the Garden of Vulnerability: The 'Uncovering' of Nathaniel in John I: 45-51." Presented at the College Theology Society Conference in Portland, OR, May 28-31, 2015.

Min, Ki Wook. "A Critique of Ted Peter's Trinitarian Approach to Contemporary Science." Presented at the International Science and Religion Symposium in Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 28-30, 2015.

Moles, Katia. "Forming Citizen by Teaching Religious Literacy in Sexuality Education." Presented at the International Conference on Spirituality in Society and Religion in Society in Berkeley, CA, April 16-17, 2015.

Najarro, Mauricio. "Seeing the Impersonal Leaves of a Sky-Rooted Tree: Tracing Hinduism in the Thought of Simone Weil." Presented at the American Weil Society Conference in Cambridge, MA, April 24-25, 2015. 

Robinson, Daniel. "Berdyaev's Solution: Redeeming Persons in Historical Love." Presented at Ontology and History Conference at the European Cultural Center of Delphi, Greece, May 29-31, 2015.

Vuksanovic, Ivan. "Theosis and the Holy Spirit: Doctrine of Theosis as One of the Arguments for the Spirit's Divinity in Early Christian Pneumatologies." Presented at the Pappas Patristic Institute Conference in Brookline, MA, March 5-7, 2015.

Wheeler, Rachel. "Holy Feigning in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers." Presented at the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 21-24, 2015.

Cycle #1

Arce, Wendy. "Curanderas, Hechiceras, and Paranormal Activities: A Comparison of the Cultural and Religious Potrayals of Latio/as in Bless Me Ultima and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" and "Fierceness and Four-Inch Heels: Exploring the Experiences of Young, Women of Color Professors in the Undergraduate College Classroom." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, CA, November 22-25, 2014.

Doebler, Peter. "Seeing Things You Cannot See: (Dis)-Solving the Sublime in Interreligious Aesthetics through the Paintings of Hiroshi Senju." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, CA, November 22-25, 2014.

Gross, Sean. "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide: A Catholic Approach to Practical Theological Methodology." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, CA, November 22-25, 2014.

Hildebrand, Leigh Ann. "High Shine, Heart, and Soul/Sole Care: Bootbacking, Families of Choice, and Women's Leather Community" and "Born This Way? Keshet, AhavaRaba, Gefilte Fish and Jewish Conversion." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, CA, November 22-25, 2014.

Kim, Eunjoo. "A Reinterpretation of North Korean Refugee Women's Spaces in a Perspective of Postcolonial Feminist Theology." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, CA, November 22-25, 2014.

Kuo, Henry S. "An Asian American Theological Awakening: Mondialization and the Church." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, CA, November 22-25, 2014.

Mueller, Michelle. "Embracing the Ordeal Path: Sacred BDSM among Contemporary Pagans." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, CA, November 22-25, 2014.

Prud'homme, Sheri. "Naturalizing Whiteness: Thomas Starr King's Theology of Nature and the Project of Nation Building." Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, CA, November 22-25, 2014.