Well actually it is !
David Johnson asks me to point out that the deadline for applying for student travel support to SODA 2012 has been extended to Nov 29.
The United States National Science Foundation, IBM, and Microsoft have provided funding to support student travel grants. The nominal award is $1000 toward travel expenses to Kyoto, Japan for SODA12, or ALENEX12 or ANALCO12. In special cases of large travel costs somewhat larger grants may be given.
Any full-time student in good standing who is affiliated with a United States institution is eligible to receive an award. All awardees are responsible for paying for meeting registration fees. However, registration fees may be included in travel expenses
Top priority will be given to students presenting papers at the meeting, with second priority to students who are co-authors of papers. Ties will be broken in favor of students who have not attended a prior SODA.For more information, visit the SIAM travel support page.
And if you'd also like to blog about the conference once you're there, the cstheory blog is always looking for volunteers !