Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Begins:
23 March 2020

Abstract Deadline:
8 June 2020 2000 hrs EST

Author Notifications:
28 August 2020

Online Registration Begins: 
14 September 2020

Manuscript Deadline:
1 December 2020 2000 hrs EST

Early Member Registration Ends:
21 December 2020

Standard Member Registration:
22 December 2020 to 15 January 2021

Onsite Registration Begins:
10 January 2020

 

Student Eligiblity and Submission Requirements

Student Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student author(s) must be members of AIAA in order to enter the competition.
  • Student author(s) must be full-time students in good academic standing at their university/institution at the time of submission.
  • Manuscript content represents the work of the author.
  • Student(s) must be the primary author(s) of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author(s) was a student.
  • Student author(s) must be able to attend the Forum to present their work should it be selected for presentation.

Student Submission Requirements:

  • Student Paper Competition submissions must adhere to the overall Forum Abstract Submission Requirements.
  • Students must select the “Student Paper Competition” presentation type during the electronic submission process. Do not submit the abstract more than once. Only submissions with Student Paper Competition” presentation type indicated will be eligible for the competition.
  • All submissions must be made by the Forum abstract submission deadline of 8 June 2020, 20:00 hrs Eastern Standard Time Zone, USA.
  • For further requirements and instructions, please refer to the detailed descriptions of each Student Paper Competition as described in their call below.
Student Paper Competitions in the topics below are being held in conjunction with the Forum:
Aerospace Design and Structures Group

Please direct questions to: 
Ron Barrett-Gonzalez

The Aerospace Design and Structures Group Student Paper Competitions include submissions to the following topics:

  • Adaptive Structures
  • Design Engineering
  • Materials
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Non-Deterministic Approaches
  • Spacecraft Structures
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Structures
  • Survivability
  • Systems Engineering

Authorship: Student papers should report on work primarily conducted by students in collaboration with their faculty advisors; therefore, all primary/presenting authors of papers submitted for consideration in the Student Paper Competition must be students at the time of abstract submission. The first author of the paper must remain the same between the abstract, final paper, and presentation. Up to two non-student co-authors are allowed.

Presentation: At the conference, the presentation must be given by the primary author of the paper.

Extended Abstract: Student abstracts must be extended abstracts that follow the rules outlined in this Call for Papers. When submitting to the abstract submission website, select “Student Paper Competition” as the paper type. Semi-finalists will be chosen based on an evaluation of the extended abstracts. The results of the semi-final round will not be made public.

Deadline: Student manuscripts must be uploaded to the manuscript submission website by 17:00 hrs Eastern Standard Time (EST, GMT-5) on 6 November 2020 (this is earlier than the deadline for regular technical papers). Students who miss this 17:00 EST November 6 deadline will be removed from the student paper competition. Paper revisions uploaded after 6 November 2020, 17:00 hrs EST will not be considered for competition; however, students who meet the 6 November student paper deadline may upload revisions from 10 November 2020, 17:00 hrs EST until the regular conference paper deadline. Students should note that the latest version of their paper submitted prior to the 6 November 17:00 EST paper deadline will be the version used for judging. 

If for any of these reasons a paper is removed from student paper competition, authors still have the opportunity to submit their paper by the published regular conference paper deadline for the full 2021 SciTech Conference deadline as a regular conference paper.

The following awards will be presented to the winners:

Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award: The highest-ranked Aerospace Design and Structures paper based on manuscript and presentation quality is recognized with the Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award, which was established over twenty years ago and named to honor Thomas Jefferson. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500), a certificate, and a goblet modeled after a 1788 design by Thomas Jefferson.

American Society for Composites Student Paper Award: The highest-ranked composites-related paper based on manuscript and presentation quality is recognized with the American Society for Composites Student Paper Award. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate.

Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures: The Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures recognizes an outstanding structures-related paper, based on manuscript and presentation quality. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate.

Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures: The Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures recognizes an outstanding graduate-level, structures-related paper, based on manuscript and presentation quality. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate.

SwRI Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches: The Southwest Research Institute Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches recognizes an outstanding NDA-related paper, based on manuscript and presentation quality. The recipient receives a monetary award ($500) and a certificate.

The Areospace Design and Structures Group Student Paper Competitions include submissions to the following topics:

  • Adaptive Structures
  • Design Engineering
  • Materials
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Non-Deterministic Approaches
  • Spacecraft Structures
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Structures
  • Survivability
  • Systems Engineering

 

Aerodynamic Measurement Technology, Plasmadynamics and Lasers, Propellants and Combustion

Please direct questions to: 
Zhili Zhang

The Walter R. Lempert Student Paper Award in Diagnostics for Fluid Mechanics, Plasma Physics, and Energy Transfer is sponsored by the Aerodynamic Measurement Technology (AMT), Plasmadynamics and Lasers (PDL), and Propellants and Combustion (PC) Technical Committees (TC). 

The award is given on an annual basis in memory of Dr. Walter R. Lempert. Walter Lempert was an outstanding scientist and engineer who had a profound impact on AIAA and in particular these three TCs. The Walter R. Lempert Student Paper Award is given to the most outstanding student paper submitted to sessions organized by these TCs at the annual AIAA SciTech Forum.

Atmospheric and Flight Mechanics

Please direct questions to: 
Andrea Da Ronch, University of Southampton
Yunjun Xu, University of Central Florida

The AFM Technical Committee, with the support of Calspan Corporation, is sponsoring the AFM Student Paper Competition. Eligible written papers and oral presentations will be judged by members of the AFM Technical Committee. The winner of the competition will be notified after the conference and receive both a certificate and a $500 award.

The scoring for the award will be equally based on the written paper and oral presentation.

The written paper will be judged on:

  1. Relevance of the topic to atmospheric flight mechanics;
  2. Organization and clarity;
  3. Appreciation of relevant technical issues and sources of error; and
  4. Meaningful conclusions of the research.

whereas the oral presentation will be judged on:

  1. Background and problem definition statement;
  2. Explanation of technical approach; and
  3. Explanation of research results.
Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Please direct questions to: 
Joseph Connolly, NASA
Carolina Restrepo, NASA

The Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) Technical Committee will host a Graduate Student Paper Competition at the 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum. In addition to appropriate recognition, all finalists in the GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition will receive a monetary award of $500 and complimentary registration. The overall winner will receive an additional $1,000 award.

For this competition, full draft manuscript papers are sought from graduate students on GN&C technical research topics, from which up to six finalists will be selected by a panel of judges for inclusion in a special GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition session.

Author eligibility and manuscript submission requirements:

  • A student must be the primary or sole author, enrolled at an institution of higher learning.
  • The student will be expected to sign a form, if selected as a finalist, stating that they contributed the overwhelming majority to the paper’s written and technical content.
  • The student author must be a member of AIAA in order to become a finalist in the competition.
  • The student author must be a full-time graduate student in good academic standing at his or her university/institution at the time of submission.
  • A full draft manuscript is required, not to exceed a total length of 25 pages.
  • The student author is not the overall winner of the preceding year’s competition.

Only one paper submission per primary author. 

Finalists will be required to make two presentations at the forum: once in the appropriate regular technical session and once in a separate Graduate Student Paper Competition session. Note that authors will receive an accept/reject notification first for the regular conference review process and later for the graduate student paper competition. The second notification will be from the GN&C Technical Committee. A paper can be (1) accepted for both the regular conference and competition, (2) accepted to the regular conference, but not the competition, or (3) not accepted to either the regular conference or the competition.

Intelligent Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Amanda Lampton, Systems Technology, Inc.

The Intelligent Systems Best Student Paper Award recognizes top-level contributions in areas related to intelligent systems from full-time students in good academic standing.

Graduate students are invited to submit only extended abstracts by the abstract submission deadline in any broad area of Intelligent Systems to the Intelligent Systems Student Paper Competition. Students must submit full draft manuscripts (must not exceed a total length of 25 pages) by 26 October 2020 to be considered (please note the early manuscript deadline for the competition). A student competition paper subcommittee and the chair will review the full draft manuscripts submitted as IS student paper competition papers based on their originality, clarity, and potential impact on practical applications or theoretical foundations, and select 5 or 6 paper finalists. All papers that are not selected will be forwarded to the area chairs for possible inclusion as regular conference papers. A student paper competition session will be held on Monday, 11 January, 2021 during the conference; the finalists will present once at SciTech during this session. Directly after this session, the subcommittee will decide the winner based on both the paper and the presentation, and the student will be notified by email. The winner will be presented with an award at the award luncheon during SciTech 2021. In addition, a monetary prize for an amount of $500 will be mailed to the winner after the conference is concluded.

Final Manuscript Deadline for Student Paper Competition: 26 October 2020.

Paper Quality: 60% - Presentation Quality: 40%

Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
James Masters, AFMC AEDC
Saikat Dey, U.S. NRL

The Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE) Technical Committee is holding a student paper competition for SciTech 2021. The student who writes the best extended abstract will receive a $500 award, which will be paid in advance of the conference, to defray the cost of attending the SciTech conference.

The extended abstracts will be judged by a subcommittee of the MVCE based upon the importance of the work, originality, quality, and completeness. To be eligible, the student needs to be full-time at either the graduate or undergraduate level. Students are encouraged to submit extended abstracts that are as close as possible to the anticipated final paper.

Sensor Systems and Information Fusion

Please direct questions to: 
Scott Swanson, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Robert White, Tufts University

Sensor Systems & Information Fusion Technical Committee (SS&IF TC) Student Paper Grand Challenge: Accelerating Ideas-to-Innovation: Anyone can inspire others. While it might be submitting an idea of your own, or collaborating with others, YOU are helping to innovate!

Technical papers associated with the SS&IF TC Student Paper Grand Challenge are sought that address theoretical, analytical, simulated, experimental, or implementation results related to aerospace applications for sensor systems, information and sensor fusion, and autonomous resource management. Advances in the fusion of sensor networks, cooperative sensing, autonomy, and multi-system collaboration are of interest.

Submissions will be evaluated by a team which is comprised of:

  1. Members of the conference program committee
  2. Representatives from the SS&IF TC

Rules:

  • Participation is limited to current graduate and undergraduate students from any accredited, degree-program educational institution. 
  • The teams should be comprised of at least one AIAA student member and at least one advisor who is an AIAA member.
  • Submissions by individuals or teams are acceptable
  • Required submission format: PowerPoint charts + short abstract
  • Optional submission material: videos, system mock-ups, demonstrations

The criteria for which each idea will be evaluated on:

  • Compliance: is the idea submission complete and does it comply with the rules of the challenge?
  • Novelty: does the idea describe a novel approach to providing a solution? 
  • Originality: how original is the proposed technology or use of existing technology?
  • Relevance: How well does the idea relate to the topic and provide a solution aligned with the goals of this challenge?
  • Feasibility: how likely can the idea be prototyped?
  • Value Proposition: if successful, how well does the idea solve a stakeholder’s need and how likely would the solution be transitioned to a stakeholder?
Small Satellites

Please direct questions to: 
Emily Clements, MIT Lincoln Laborator

The AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee is proud to announce the inaugural Best Student Paper Competition at the 2021 AIAA SciTech Forum. Entrants will be judged by technical committee members and the judging will include a both the written manuscript and the oral presentation. Full-time students at any academic level are encouraged to participate and eligibility requirements are defined by the AIAA and outlined at the top of this page. More details about the evaluation process can be obtained by contacting awards_chair@aiaa-smstc.org.

Abstract: Students are encouraged to submit extended abstracts which demonstrate the maturity of the work. When submitting to the abstract submission website, select “Student Paper Competition” as the paper type. Semi-finalists will be chosen based on an evaluation of the extended abstracts. The results of the semi-final round will not be made public.

Deadline: Final student manuscripts must be uploaded to the conference manuscript submission website by 23:59 hrs Eastern Time USE (EST-USA) on 13 November 2020 (this is earlier than the deadline for regular technical papers). Students who miss this November deadline will be removed from the student paper competition but may still be allowed to present in the oral session.

The award evaluation will be based on both the written manuscript (75%) and oral presentation (25%).

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