The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) has announced its student travel grants for the 79th Conference on Glass Problems, which will be held November 5-8, 2018 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Travel grants are available on a first come – first serve basis, provided that applicants meet the eligibility requirements.

GMIC and the Ceramic & Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) of the American Ceramic Society have received a grant from Air Products and the Owens-Illinois Charities Foundation. In addition, GMIC receives financial support from Roman Manufacturing, Owens Corning and RoviSys Automation and Information Solutions.

These grants help GMIC award 45 student travel grants in the amount of $500 to offset student travel expenses. Even without travel support, all students are eligible to receive complimentary conference registration and a reduced price for lodging.

Also available for students is a plant tour to the Anchor Hocking Plant in Lancaster, Ohio, on Monday, November 5, 2018, from noon to 4 p.m. Students must apply in advance and receive permission to participate in the plant tour. Plant tour participation is available only to students.

Student Travel Grant Application Process

Students must submit a one- to two- page CV, including their complete contact information and a statement describing how the conference will benefit them to Donna Banks at The deadline to apply is September 28, 2018. Students must also register for the 79th Conference on Glass Problems online at Accepted students will be required to attend the student ambassador meeting from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Failure to attend the meeting removes eligibility to receive the student travel grant. The meeting is designed to introduce students to ambassadors and professionals from the glass industry who will help the students make the most of the conference opportunity.

Awardees will be announced October 5, 2018, with instructions on redeeming their student travel grants. Travel grant disbursements will be mailed to all recipients at the end of November pending verification of requirements.