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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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    Student Paper Conferences

    Regional Student Paper Conferences


    University of Maryland student members Matthew Rich (left) and Michael Hamilton (right)
    with AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus


    Establish Professional Relationships and Friendships that will Last a Lifetime.


    How? By taking part in your AIAA Regional Student Conference and the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference. Here you’ll have the chance to present your research in a formal technical meeting atmosphere. Just as important, you’ll exchange ideas and discuss programs with students from other schools in your region.

    Present Your Research for Cash Prizes and More

    Talk about opportunity! Every AIAA regional student conference encourages students to present research papers. You’ll compete for three cash prizes in graduate and undergraduate categories.

    First-place regional winners are then invited to the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference competition, held during the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting each January. AIAA picks up the tab for your travel expenses and hotel accommodations.

    There are eight student paper conferences in the U.S., one in Europe, and one in Australia every year. For information about locations and times of the regional student paper conferences, visit the Regional Student Paper Conference Portal.
    Once more, presenters compete for cash prizes for one graduate award (master's level only) and one undergraduate award. But even more valuable is the industry-wide recognition the winners receive in this prestigious competition.


    Please contact Rachel Dowdy with any questions regarding the Regional Student Paper Conferences at or 703.264.7577.