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Mosig Travel Funds

The Mosig Endowment for Biological Sciences

Professor Gisela Mosig enjoyed a distinguished career in molecular genetics during a life richer in adventures and disasters than is common among scholars. The formal outline of her career conceals much. She was born in Saxony on November 29,1930. She left East Germany as a teenager, did her undergraduate studies at the University of Bonn, and went on to obtain a postdoc fellow degree in plant genetics at the University of Cologne in 1959. She worked for 3 years with A. D Hershey at the Carnegie Institution of Washington in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. In these two intervals she became deeply immersed in the general and molecular genetics of the T-even bacteriophages. She joined the Department of Molecular Biology at Vanderbilt in 1965 (becoming a US citizen in 1968) and worked there until her death on January 12, 2003. Dr. Mosig leaves behind an influential corpus of discoveries in the molecular biology phase of T4 and influential insights into the interrelationships of recombination, replication, and DNA repair processes.

Professor Mosig provided a significant endowment to the Biological Sciences Department to be used to support the graduate program and enhance the scholarly activities of the graduate students of the department.

The Gisela Mosig Travel Fund

Upon selecting a Ph.D thesis advisor amoung our primary faculty and joining that lab as a Biological Sciences graduate student, an account will be set up for the student called the Gisela Mosig Travel Fund in the amount of $3500.00. During the student's tenure in the department the fund can be used by the student, with approval from the mentor, for any reasonable and documented travel related expenses to meetings, workshops, offsite courses or training. Each year the student and the mentor will be notified of the balance of the fund.

Directions of how to use your Gisela Mosig Travel Fund

  1. Once the Travel Pre-Authorization Request form is approved, complete a student travel form. This form can be found at the front desk in the Biological Sciences Administrative Office. This form must be completed and signed at least two weeks prior to your trip.
  2. The Student Travel Form can be found at the front desk in the Biological Sciences Administrative Office. To be reimbursed from the Mosig Fund you must keep all itemized receipts, including those for meals! A reimbursement of travel expenses via the Mosig Funds will NOT be processed without itemized receipts.
  3. Your Mosig Fund will pay for the following: Hotel, flight, taxi or shuttle, registration, parking fees and reasonable meal expenses for yourself. The Mosig Fund will not pay for: Movies, entertainment activities, upgraded flights or any unreasonable or unrealistic charges.
  4. Presentation and posters given at meetings supported by the Travel Fund should have an acknowledgement of support from the Gisela Mosig Travel Fund.

Graduate School Funds

The Graduate School at Vanderbilt also offers travel funds for Graduate students. You are strongly encouraged to apply for these funds in order to make your Mosig fund go further.

Students are encouraged to present their research at major regional, national, and international conferences. Student can apply for one award of up to $500 per budget year (July 1 - June 30) for domestic travel or international travel. After completing at least one academic year, students may apply for a travel grant and are allowed a total of three travel grants for their entire tenure at Vanderbilt.  Download the application here. 




* Domestic travel is inclusive of travel throughout all of North America.
** Foreign travel represents travel outside of North America.