Annual Meeting

Travel Grants and Fellowships

These grants and fellowships are intended to defray the travel costs associated with attending and presenting at the SSR Annual Meeting. For awards specific to the SSR Annual Meeting, please see the Trainee Merit Award.  

For scholarships and grants intended to help support the cost of travel and participation in non-SSR reproductive sciences meetings, visit the 
Awards & Scholarships page. 

Trainee Travel Award

The Society for Study of Reproduction Trainee Travel Awards (SSR-TTA) were established to support participation of Trainee members at the annual meetings.

Travel award: SSR will contribute up to $500 to support each of 20 Trainee members enrolled in the Continental North America (United States and Canada) and up to $1000 to support each of 5 international (non-North American) enrolled Trainee members as a contribution towards the costs of conference registration, travel, and accommodation. Applicants will be judged on abstract quality and volunteer service to the scientific community.

Eligible candidates will:

  1. Be an SSR trainee member ( prior to submission.
  2. Be first author of a submitted abstract and present at the SSR Annual Meeting.
  3. Not have received the SSR-Trainee Travel Award within the past two years
  4. If selected for this award, your name will be added to the Trainee Volunteer email list and you will be required to complete at least one volunteer shift at the SSR Annual Meeting. Failure to do so may affect your funding status and any future applications to the SSR-TTA.

To apply for this award:
 Application will be part of the online abstract submission process, which opens January 13th and ends February 24th. Applicants must apply during the regular abstract submission process (late-breaking abstract submission will not be considered).

As part of the online abstract submission, applicants will be asked to answer the following 5 questions:

In the last 3 years, please specify if you have done the following: [Yes/No]

  1. Participated in volunteer activities (unpaid) that are related to your scientific career goals?
  2. Volunteered time in the planning or execution of a national meeting/conference such as SSR?
  3. Participated in volunteer activities at your institution and/or a scientific society?
  4. Volunteered within the greater scientific community such as outreach activities to general public?
  5. Participated in other activities not previously mentioned that could be considered volunteer service?

As part of the online abstract submission, applicants will be asked to submit a short narrative (may be bullet pointed list) describing service to the scientific community in the past 3 years (max 250 words).
 Examples could include volunteer activities demonstrating: 1) a leadership role, 2) commitment to scientific career (this could encompass volunteering at SSR or another conference), and/or 3) service to the community (this could encompass volunteering at local high schools or a museum). Please include dates of volunteer activity.


  • 2018, SSR, New Orleans, Slide Room Volunteer
  • Worked two shifts assisting presenters in the uploading of their slides to our system
  • 2017, Washington D.C., travel award coordinator
  • Collaborated with a team of volunteers to award over 200 travel awards to deserving trainees
  • Organized awards for easy pickup for trainees at conference
  • Worked 6 hours during conference at travel award kiosk handing out awards to trainees

Review Process:

  1. Trainee applicants are scored on the following factors:
  2. Scientific merit of the abstract (60%).
  3. Statement of service (40%). The trainee should include information on volunteer/service activities, such as serving on committees for your institution and/or a scientific society, volunteering at a conference, volunteer leadership roles, organizing a local conference, or outreach activities to the community. Volunteer service in some capacity is a requirement to receive this award.
  4. The committee will forward the top awarded candidates to the SSR Business Office to confirm Trainee status and SSR membership status.
  5. The SSR Trainee Representatives will notify the award winners via email by Mid-March.

Trainee Travel Award Recipients 

2020 Recipients 

Continental US
Claire Stenhouse, Texas A&M University, USA

Phosphate Regulation Pathways are Present in the Ovine Conceptus, Endometrium and Placentome. 

Sushil Khanal, The University of Toledo, USA
The Atypical Centriole of Spermatozoa: A Molecular Basis for Basal Sliding and Asymmetric Flagellar Beating. 

Laurie Pinel, University of Quebec, Canada
Basal Cells Expressing LGR5 Are Multipotent Adult Stem Cells.

Ana Cristina Lima, Oregon Health & Science University, United States
Spatial Dynamics Of Protein Translation In Sertoli Cells. 

Yuliana C. Tan, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, USA
A Role for the Transcription Factor SP6 Within the Primitive Syncytium at the Peri-Implanation Stage of Human Embryo Development.

Mariyan J. Jeyarajah, Western University, Canada
ASCL2 is Essential for Differentiation and Function of Extravillous Trophoblast Cells during Human Placental Development. 

Helena D. Zomer, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Loss Of TDP-43 In Sertoli Cells Leads To Failure Of Spermatogenesis In Mice. 

Farners Amargant, Northwestern University, USA
Age-dependent Dysregulation of Hyaluronan and Collagen Matrices Alters Ovarian Biomechanical Properties. 

Meshach Asare-Werehene, University of Ottawa, Canada
Plasma Gelsolin: A Mediator Of Ovarian Cancer Chemoresistance And An Inhibitor Of CD8+ T-Cell Function.

Ryan M.Marquardt, Michigan State University, United States
Endometrial Epithelial ARID1A Loss Causes Defects of Uterine Receptivity and Endometrial Gland Function.

Vinay Shukla, University of Kansas Medical Center, USA
NOTUM-Dependent Modulation Of WNT Signaling In Extravillous Trophoblast Cell Lineage Development. 

Yanan Shan, York University, Canada
miR-218-5p Promotes Endovascular Trophoblasts Differentiation In Part Via The Activation Of The NF-Kb Pathway. 

Jessica Kincade, University of Missouri, USA
Central Spindle Formation Protects Against Incorrect Kinetochore-Microtubule Attachment And Aneuploidy In Mouse Oocytes.

Allison K. Tscherner, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada
Cumulus-Oocyte Interaction Is Required To Maintain Active Suppression Of Glycine Transport In The Preovulatory Mouse Oocyte.

Kaitlyn A. Webster, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Dynamic Regulation of Apoptosis in Male Sexual Development and Cancer Therapy-Induced Infertility. 

Gauthier Schang, McGill University, Canada
GATA2 May Regulate FSH Production In Male Mice Via The BMP Antagonist Gremlin 1.

Qianrong Qi, University of California Irvine, USA
Decreased Endogenous CBS-H2S in the Secretory Phase Contributes to Decidualization in Human Endometrial Stromal Cells. 

Marie-Charlotte Meinsohn, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Of Neonatal Ovaries Reveals Distinct Inhibitory Gene Signatures Of Mullerian Inhibiting Substance (MIS/AMH) In Ovarian Cell Types: A Novel Insight Into The Mechanisms Of Regulation Of The Ovarian Reserve. 

Megan A. Gura, Brown University, USA
Uncovering A TAF4b-Dependent Gene Expression Program Required For Embryonic Oocyte Differentiation.

Marija Kuna, University of Kansas Medical Center, USA
Adrenomedullin Is A Critical Regulator Of Placental And Fetal Development.


Ali Aflatounian, University of New South Wales, Australia
Metabolic Features of Hepatic Steatosis and Insulin Resistance are Alleviated by Nicotinamide Mononucleotide Treatment in a DHT-Induced PCOS Mouse Model. 

Amy Winship, Monash University, Australia
The PARP Inhibitor, Olaparib, Blocks Intrinsic DNA Repair In Oocytes And Depletes The Ovarian Reserve In Mice: Implications For Fertility. 

Martin Kuete, Anhui Biochem United Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Cameroon
Contraceptive use and preference of HIV infected pregnant women living with HIV negative partners in the central region of Cameroon: a cross sectional survey. 

Meaghan J. Griffiths, Monash University, Australia
Does Maternal High Fat Diet Alter the Ovarian Reserve in Female Mouse Offspring? 

Deirdre Scully, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Cystic Ovary Disease Impacts Gamete/Embryo Transport and Its Cholinergic Regulation. 

Burroughs Wellcome Travel Fellowships

Burroughs Wellcome Travel Fellowships for Underrepresented Minority Trainees and Junior Faculty

For more than 20 years, grants from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund have provided travel fellowships for underrepresented minority trainees and junior faculty from the U.S. and Canada to enable their participation in the SSR Annual Meetings. The fellowships include complementary meeting registration, up to USD $1,200 for housing, food, and travel expenses; and complimentary SSR Membership through the next calendar year. Recipients traditionally also receive a meeting T-shirt and a ticket to a social function.

Fellowships are awarded competitively on the basis of applications submitted to and evaluated by the SSR Diversity Committee. Between six and nine fellowships for individuals with a background in reproductive biology are anticipated this year (up to six trainees and up to three junior, non-tenured, faculty). 

Membership in the Society is not a requirement, nor is submission of an abstract for presentation. To be a qualified applicant, you must be:

  1. a member of an underrepresented minority, and 
  2. enrolled as a student in or teaching at an accredited, degree-granting institution in the U.S. or International.

This award provides full support to attend the Meeting; therefore, recipients may not accept additional travel awards (i.e., Trainee Travel Award, FASEB DREAM, USDA–NIFA–AFRI, or Lalor Awards).