Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Begins:
6 September 2022

Abstract Deadline:
10 November 2022, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Author Notification:
10 February 2023

Manuscript/Presentation Video Deadline:

3 May 2023, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

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Student Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student author(s) must be a member 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 10 November 2022, 2000 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:
Air Transportation Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Peng Wei, George Washington University
Max Li, University of Michigan

Award Name

Best Student Paper Award in Air Transportation Systems

The best student award in air transportation systems recognizes the best student paper each year in the air transportation system technical discipline at the AIAA Aviation. The authors who want their papers to be considered for this award should select the best student paper option during submission. The full papers will be evaluated by the AIAA requirements and our technical committee selection criteria. The authors (finalists) of the 3-5 candidate papers will be invited to give their presentations in the same session. The award will be announced at the AIAA AVIATION Forum.

Selection Criteria:

Significance of contribution (20%), Structure of paper (10%), Writing quality (10%), Appropriateness of the approach (20%), Clarity of drawings, graphs, and tables (10%), Appropriateness of abstract (10%), Quality of discussion and conclusions (10%), Adequacy of references and discussion of prior work (10%).

Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Zhongquan Zheng, Utah State University
William B. Wright, HX5, LLC

Award Name

Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition. Entries to the Student Paper Competition will be presented in regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area and archived as AIAA papers.

Eligibility Requirements & Other Rules:

To be eligible for this award, the student must be an AIAA member or student member, the primary author of the paper, and in attendance at the conference to present the paper. In addition, all work must have been performed while the author was a student.

Section Criteria

The written papers will be judged based on the following criteria: (1) originality (is the work original, or is it something that has been addressed in the past); (2) technical quality (appropriate level of technicality and free of errors); (3) organization, completeness, grammar and usage (style and clarity); (4) literature review/acknowledgement of prior work and explanation of the relevance to the work presented in the paper; (5) accuracy of experimental or numerical results (ref. AIAA standards for journals); (6) importance/contribution to field. The student author of the best paper will receive a certificate after the conference.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Prahladh S. Iyer, National Institute of Aerospace

Award Name

AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Student Paper Competition

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Student Paper Competition provides students the opportunity to share their research findings. Participation is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an engineering or scientific discipline at an accredited college or university. A cash prize of $300 will be awarded to the first-place winner, $200 to the second place, and $100 to the third place. Awards are based on a combination of the extended abstract, the final conference paper, and the presentation. The judges will use the extended abstracts to initially screen the competition entries. Further details of the eligibility and requirements for the submission and the judging criteria are provided below

The competition results will be announced after the CFD conference and checks will be mailed to the winners. All submissions must meet the deadlines for the CFD conference given in the general information section of this Call for Papers. During the submission, please indicate that the paper is a Student Paper Competition Entry on the title page. Papers submitted to the CFD Student Paper Competition will be presented in regular technical sessions with other papers in the relevant topic area. Student Paper Competition entries will be treated as regular AIAA conference papers in the conference proceedings and will be archived as AIAA papers.

Section Criteria
  • The work’s importance in advancing the state of the art
  • The technical approach
  • Rationale for the work
  • Sufficient and consistent results
  • Verification and validation
  • Style, clarity, and format of the paper and presentation
Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
John Dannenhoffer, Syracuse University

Award Name

MVCE Best Student Paper Award

Geometry, Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Eligibility Requirements & Other Rules

Complete manuscripts are preferred

Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Ashwin Renganathan, The University of Utah

Award Name

Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

The MDO Student Paper Competition, sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center, encourages undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers to the technical topics listed in this call for papers. Co-authored papers are welcome; however, the first author must be an AIAA member and a registered student at the time the abstract is submitted. The student must have played a primary role in the research and writing of the paper. When submitting an abstract for the MDO Student Paper Competition, authors must choose a "Presentation Type" from the drop-down menu on the abstract submission website and click on "Student Paper Competition" and select the topic "Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization”. This will ensure that the abstract is submitted to the MDO topic. If you are unable to enter the student paper competition, because you must submit to a different topic, then please email the chair and ask to be included. Abstract acceptance notification will occur at the same time as the regular papers. Students will be notified if they are finalists, or not, approximately 2 weeks after the final papers are due. As mentioned above, the finalists will present their papers in a special MDO session during the first day of the AVIATION Forum.

Eligibility Requirements & Other Rules

The deadline for the student paper abstracts is the same as the conference abstract deadline and the student paper abstracts will be reviewed in the same way as the regular conference abstracts. The full papers of the Student Paper Competition are due at the same time as the regular papers. No extensions will be granted (to the full manuscript submission deadline), if you wish to remain in contention of the award. At the time of the final submission the authors will be required to identify, through a communication to the chair of the competition, the individual contributions of each listed co-author. Papers that do not show primary contributions from the first author will not be considered for this competition.

Section Criteria

The papers will be judged by expert reviewers, and finalists will be selected to present at a special MDO session during the first day of the AVIATION Forum. The award decision will be based on both the paper and the presentation. The judging criteria are: i) the originality and technical quality of the work and its novelty and importance to the field; ii) the clarity of the presentation, with special emphasis given to visuals and their contribution to the understanding of the material; iii) the clarity of research objectives and the organization and conciseness of the paper. A soft word limit of 5000 will be imposed (not including abstract, figures, captions, or bibliography), with the judges’ discretion used to decide if additional length added meaningful value to the paper. First prize is $2,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,000.

Unmanned Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Omar Kassim Ariff, University of Salford
Andrew Lacher, Noblis

Award Name

Best Paper in Unmanned Systems

Single paper awarded based on technical discipline selection criteria below

Eligibility Requirements & Other Rules

Must be submitted/presented under any of the Unmanned Systems topics

Section Criteria
  • Scope & significance of contribution; originality
  • Impact on the domain of unmanned systems;
  • Relevance: systems optimization and integration, simulation, flight testing, and implementation of technologies for the advancement of the unmanned systems domain


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