2019 McKnight Doctoral Fellows’ Orientation Meeting
June 21-22, 2019
Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel
Tampa International Airport
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 879-5751

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The purpose of the McKnight New Fellows Orientation is to welcome you, our newly selected Fellows, to the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (MDF) Program; identify and explain best practices for completing Ph.D. programs; demonstrate the correlation between graduate courses, comprehensive exams, and dissertation research; and introduce you to key graduate school personnel, support services, and our network of scholars. Attire is business casual.


Registration is online, at no cost to you, Monday, April 15 to Monday, May 20. Please observe the May 20 deadline to ensure lodging at the conference hotel. After May 20, you may be responsible for obtaining your own room reservation and securing it with a credit card.

When you register, indicate whether you want a shared (with a McKnight roommate) or a single room. If you request a shared room, the Florida Education Fund (FEF) will provide your lodging at no cost. If you request a single room, you must be prepared to pay the hotel the full amount for your room, $139 plus taxes, at hotel check out. After the conference, FEF will reimburse you $69.50 (the amount we would have paid to cover your shared room), upon receiving and approving your reimbursement form. 


If you must cancel your registration, make every effort to do so by Friday, June 14. Failure to cancel your registration by the June 14 deadline subjects you to a $68 conference cancellation fee. Additionally, you are subject to this cancellation fee if you are “no show”. If you do not come to the conference, you are considered “no show.” If you are registered to stay at the conference hotel and do not check in, you are considered “no show.”


FEF will pay only the lower of either a discounted air ticket, compact rental car with unlimited mileage, or mileage to and from the Conference as verified by the State of Florida Department of Transportation and Transportation Statistics Office Highway Mileage Chart or www.mapquest.com, www.maps.yahoo.com, or a similar mapping company. FEF will not cover expenses above and beyond the least expensive method of travel. Please book air travel at least 2 weeks prior to the flight date to help us contain travel expenses.  

FEF will provide reimbursement forms at the conference. Because of our auditing requirements, you must submit the original form along with original travel-related receipts. Please do not fax your reimbursement request. For mileage reimbursement, you must send a “MapQuest” or other online map along with your reimbursement form. The deadline for us to receive your reimbursement forms and documentation is Friday, July 26, 2019.

May 20, 2019 All conference registration documents must be received by the FEF, and all lodging reservations must be made.
June 14, 2019 Registration and/or lodging cancellations made after June 14, 2019, are subject to a $68.00 cancellation fee. NO EXCEPTIONS.
July 26, 2019 FEF must receive original reimbursement forms and travel-related receipts.

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Tampa, FL 33602
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