Funds raised will be used for timely or most-pressing needs within the Department of Psychology. Most recently, the Shape the Future Today Fund has been used to support graduate student conference travel and research. Graduate students who are presenting a paper or a poster at a conference are eligible to apply for the award. Presenting at conferences is a vital part of any graduate student’s career, both to develop important connections, and to solicit feedback on research and ideas. Research support is also important for graduate students who conduct independent pilot studies to help develop their dissertation proposals, purchase equipment, and/or pay subjects to participate in their research.