I really enjoy this because I get to see some of the state-of-the-art, talk with interesting people that really care about research, and get a couple nice dinners. At the most recent dinner I started to realize that I may not be able to take part as much for a couple reasons next year. First, I'll have less disposable income. Second, I'm concerned about the conflict-of-interest. Is funding a different PI's student at a competing university ethical? I guess I could reach out to my new school's local chapter of this scholarship and fund a student, but what if I like one of my own student's research the most. If I don't select the one I want to fund I fear it's wrong, and if I do select my own, then I'm using personal money to fund one of my "employees". But giving to another university when my new place could use the money presents me with a dilemma.
Regardless, I will take part, if nothing else but volunteering with the organization. I really enjoyed my experience with this scholarship, and I don't want to give up sponsoring students. Should I?