Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Begins:
22 March 2021

Abstract Deadline:
1 June 2021 2000 hrs EDT

Author Notifications:
27 August 2021

Manuscript Deadline:
2 December 2021 2000 hrs EST

Student Eligibility 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 1 June 2021, 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:
Drew Bergan, NASA

To be considered for one of the student paper awards within the Aerospace Design and Structures Group, students must submit their abstract to one of the following areas:

  • Adaptive Structures
  • Design Engineering
  • Dynamics Specialists
  • 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 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 17:00hrs Eastern Standard Time (EST, GMT-5) on 10 November 2021 (this is earlier than the deadline for regular technical papers). Students who  miss this 17:00 EST November 10 deadline will be removed from the student paper competition. Paper revisions uploaded after 10 November 2021, 17:00hrs EST will not be considered for competition; however, students who meet the 10 November student paper deadline may upload revisions from 15 November 2021, 17:00hrs EST until the regular conference paper deadline. Students should note that the latest version of their paper submitted prior to the 10 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 2022 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 Aerospace Design and Structures Group Student Paper Competitions include submissions to the following topics:

  • Adaptive Structures
  • Design Engineering
  • Dynamics Specialists
  • 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: 
Mark Rennie, University of Notre Dame
Sally Bane, Purdue University

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.

Aerospace Power Systems

Please direct questions to:  
Ann Delleur, NASA Glenn Research Center

Undergraduate and graduate students (Master’s level and PhD level) are invited to submit papers for consideration in the Aerospace Power Section Student Paper Competition. Papers should report on original work conducted by the student in collaboration with faculty advisor(s), mentors, and/or industry/government mentors. The student submitting a paper for consideration must be the primary author.

The manuscript submission deadline for the Aerospace Power Section Student Paper Competition is the same as the submission deadline for the AIAA SciTech Forum. All entries to the Student Paper Competition must be received by this date to be considered in the competition. The submissions will be judged based on the paper ONLY. Criteria for judging the paper include 1) originality of the work; 2) scientific integrity, 3) relevance to the field of Aerospace Power; 4) significance technical quality and completeness of the work; and 5) written clarity and style consistent with AIAA paper guidelines.

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 supporat 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.

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To be eligible for the competition, the entrant must be the primary author of the submitted paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. As such, recent graduates may still be eligible. Entrants will present their papers in the AFM technical sessions, where judges will also be in attendance. To enter the competition, the “Student Paper Competition” option must be selected instead of “Technical Manuscript” when submitting a manuscript via the conference website. Note that when entering the Student Paper Competition, the paper is still published and scheduled within the technical sessions, as normal. Papers are due by the regular final manuscript deadline (December 2, 2021). The scoring for the award will be equally based on the written paper and oral presentation. Judging of the written paper is based on the criteria:

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.

Judging of the oral presentation is based on the criteria:

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

Entrants will be contacted via email after the conference to announce the winner and provide anonymous feedback on the oral presentation and written paper from the judges. For inquiries regarding the Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Student Paper Competition, please contact the competition co-chairs.

Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Please direct questions to: 
Joseph Connolly, NASA Glenn Research Center
Carolina Restrepo, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) Technical Committee will host a Graduate Student Paper Competition at the 2022 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 20 pages.
  • The student author is not the overall winner of the preceding year’s competition.
  • Only one paper submission per primary author. 

The finalists for the Graduate Student Paper Competition will be selected on the basis of three reviewer scores, with consideration to technical content (30%), originality (30%), practical application (20%) and style and form (20%). Reviewers will be members of the GNC Technical Committee. Each finalist will present their paper in a special session during the conference. The presentation will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The overall winner of the paper competition will be decided on the basis of scores granted to the paper as well as the presentation.

Intelligent Systems

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

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 be registered as full-time students in good academic standing at the time of submission and must submit full draft manuscripts (must not exceed a total length of 25 pages) by October 26th, 2021 to be considered (please note the early manuscript deadline for the competition). Primary or sole authorship by a single student is required, and any second or third author must be the graduate thesis advisor (no more than three authors shall be permitted). 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, January 03, 2022 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 2022. 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: October 26, 2021

Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Carl Ollivier-Gooch, University of British Columbia
Mike Remotigue, Pointwise

The Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE) Technical Committee is holding a student paper competition for SciTech 2022. 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
Ric Moseley, Lockheed Martin Corporation

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. Individuals or teams must present their ideas in the form of a 35-word abstract and 2-page summary highlighting the novelty, originality, and feasibility of the concept. The four finalists will have the opportunity to present a 3-minute synopsis of their concept.

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: 
Andrew Dahir, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Scott Palo, University of Colorado Boulder

The AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee is proud to announce the Best Student Paper Competition at the 2022 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 2021 (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%).

Sponsors

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