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Harry F. Gaugh Student Travel Fund Description and Guidelines

Description of the fund and its purpose: The fund honors the memory of Harry F. Gaugh, who taught art history at Skidmore for 26 years. Professor Gaugh believed passionately that students need to study works of art firsthand, rather than only through reproductions and secondary sources. His colleagues in the Department of Art and Art History established the fund to allow students to travel in groups to museums, galleries, and exhibitions, or to travel individually to work on research projects.

Group trips: Art history faculty can use money from the Gaugh Fund to take groups of students on trips to see works of art.  Interested faculty members should consult with the Chair of the Department of Art History.  The Chair can approve requests for up to $200, and will bring requests for larger amounts to the art history faculty for discussion.

Individual research trips: Individual art history students can apply for funding to pursue a research project.   Interested students should submit a brief (1-3 page) written application based on the guidelines below to the Chair of Art History; the department will decide whether to fund or deny the request. The maximum award amount is $200.  Funds can be used only to cover expenses actually incurred and documented by original receipts. Eligible expenses include mileage (up to 200 miles), tolls, rail or bus tickets, lodging up to $50 per trip, and admission fees, but not meal expenses or purchase of books or catalogues.

Application guidelines: There is no application form, but faculty sponsorship is required. Individual student applications should include your name, class year, major and minor, the amount requested, signatures of the applicant and the faculty sponsor, and most importantly a project description and a detailed budget estimate. The project description should include a working title and brief description of the project itself, and a discussion of how the proposed travel and study would contribute to the project. The detailed budget estimate should give a line-by-line account of the proposed costs.   Reasonable estimates for particular items are fine when necessary.  There are no application deadlines, but approval must be obtained before undertaking any funded activities, and you should allow at least two weeks for your application to be considered. The Department Chair will notify applicants of the decision.