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    Student Paper Competitions

    Student Paper Competitions

    Best Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Student Paper Competition

    The AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee, with the support of Calspan Corporation (, is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2013 AIAA AFM Conference. Entrants will be judged by Technical Committee members and the winner will receive a certificate and $500 award at the conference awards luncheon. To be eligible for this award, the student must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. Students will present their papers in the relevant conference technical sessions on Monday and Tuesday morning. The scoring for the award will be equally based on written paper content 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 the technical issues and sources of errors; and 4) meaningful conclusions of the research. The oral presentation will be judged for overall clarity, including: 1) background and problem definition statement; 2) explanation of technical approach; and 3) explanation of research results.

    GNC Graduate Student Paper Competition

    The AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Technical Committee is sponsoring a Graduate Student Paper Competition. Papers have been sought from graduate students on GNC technical research topics, and six finalists will be selected by a panel of judges for inclusion in the AIAA GNC Conference. To be eligible for the competition, graduate students must be enrolled at an institution of higher education and be in good academic standing at the time of submission of their manuscript. The student must be the first author on the paper with their graduate advisor as the second author. Selection will be based on a review of a full draft manuscript not exceeding a total length of 15 pages. Finalists will make two presentations at the conference: once in the Graduate Student Paper Competition session (held Sunday, 18 August 2012, 1800–2200 hrs, in Salon D at the Marriott Boston Copley Place) and again in an appropriate regular session. Finalists will receive a $1,200 award after attending and presenting their papers. An overall best paper and presentation will be selected from the Graduate Student Paper Competition session. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and be recognized at the awards luncheon. Prizes are sponsored by the AIAA GNC TC. 

    Infotech@Aerospace Student Paper Competition

    The 5th Intelligent Systems Student Paper Competition, hosted by the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee (ISTC), has sought papers from numerous disciplines within the aerospace information systems realm. Up to four finalists will present their papers during technical sessions. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges for inclusion in the AIAA I@A Conference and will be recognized during the awards luncheon.