SEM Education Foundation

Board of Directors

2010 Members

2011 Members

2012 Members

Bill Fourney Michael Fourney Michael Sutton
Jon Rogers Kristin Zimmerman Jim Dally
Randy Allemang Sue Foss Chuck Taylor
Ravi Chona Jeff helm  
Gary Cloud Stu Swartz  

Guidelines for Requesting: SEMEF Support of a Graduate Student Conference and other projects.

A primary responsibility of the SEM Education Foundation is “…to provide financial support for a variety of educational activities important to the development of the field of experimental mechanics…” Because the SEMEF’s resources are limited, it is imperative that funds be used as efficiently as possible. Regional graduate student conferences generally benefit a large number of students for a reasonable cost, and are looked upon favorably by the SEMEF. Universities located near each other are encouraged to organize graduate conferences and to apply to the SEMEF for partial sponsorship. These conferences emphasize graduate students, but advanced undergraduates are also usually invited to participate.


Contents of a Proposal:

The following items should be included:

  1. Approximate dates of the activities
  2. An outline of the proposed program
  3. Statement about the impact of the activity on SEMEF’s goals
  4. A budget, including the amount requested from SEMEF
  5. Plans for a follow-up report

The SEMEF will endeavor to provide matching funds for up to a maximum of $1,000 per event:

  1. Meals (breakfast, lunches, and dinners)
  2. Coffee breaks
  3. Other

The SEMEF will NOT provide or match funds for:

  1. Charges for the use of university classrooms or meeting rooms
  2. Funds for prizes at graduate symposia. (Where cooperation and friendship are the key words, and not competition. The SEMEF does provide funds for prizes at the Annual Student Paper Competition sponsored by the SEM Education Committee at the annual spring meeting.)

Evaluation Criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated by the number of students benefited, and clarity of presentation.

Other Proposals:

Requests for SEMEF funds for activities other than Graduate Student Conferences need not follow this format. However, they should be submitted before the Nov. 1st or May 15th deadlines so that they can be acted upon promptly.

Send Proposals or request information:

SEMEF, c/o Executive Director,
7 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801, (203) 790-6373 (phone) (203) 790-4472 ( fax)