I won some Graduate Travel & Research Award through my department. Granted, it’s not much, but it sure does help w/ my travel expenses to Spokane. My advisor actually e-mailed me yesterday congratulating me and telling me that it was a big deal because the competition was stiffer this year than in the past. Now if I could only get a couple hundred from the Grad School, I will be well on my way to paying for my trip. Sweeeet.
ETA: I just realized that the award I won was indeed from the Grad School and not my department, meaning that I am definitely getting money from my department!!! Spokane, here I come….