AIAA Student Membership

AIAA Welcomes student participants to the Region IV Student Conference. Students must join AIAA to be eligible to compete in the conference. For more information about Student Membership visit us online. Student membership is only $25 USD.

Questions about AIAA? Please contact the AIAA Student Programs Coordinator, Rachel Dowdy, at

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Key Dates


Registration Opens

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 12:00am

Abstracts Due Friday, February 10, 2017, 11:59pm

Papers Due Tuesday, April 4, 2017 11:59pm

Registration Closes Sunday, April 30, 2017 11:59pm

Cancellation Date: Friday, April 14, 2017 11:59pm

Conference Begins Friday, April 28, 2017

Conference Ends Sunday, April 30, 2017 

Why a Student Conference?
Why participate in an AIAA student conference? Here are a few reasons: prize money, networking opportunities, feedback from professionals/other academics on your work, experience presenting in a conference setting, meeting other students in your region, and exciting tours and guest speakers!
AIAA Author Kit

Your paper should be prepared according to AIAA Manuscript Preparation Kit. Please note that the paper can be no longer than 11 pages single column because this is a student competition. Masters Competition papers may have up to two student authors and list one faculty advisor as co-author.

Information for authors and a template can be found on the AIAA website, Author Resources.

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AIAA Region IV Student Conference

Presenter Information

Technical Paper Submission

PLEASE NOTE: Starting with the 2010 conference there is a new process for submitting papers. If you have questions or problems, make sure you e-mail the conference co-chairs right away so that we can help you take care of it.

All steps will be completed on the regional student conference website.

Submission Process:
  1. Register for the conference.
  2. Create/join your Technical Paper on the "My Registration" page.
  3. When you create your Technical Paper the form will include a text field for you to type your abstract in.  Your abstract should be a BRIEF description of your manuscript.
  4. The conference organizers will then have the opportunity to approve, deny, or ask for an updated abstract.
  5. You will be notified via the e-mail you listed on your registration form the status of your abstract and if you need to make any updates.
  6. Once your abstract is approved, you will then be allowed to upload your manuscript (PDF only).
  7. The conference organziers will then have the oppportunity to approve, deny, or ask for an updated manuscript.
  8. Again, you will be notified via the e-mail listed on your registration form the status of your manuscript.

Please refer to the Home page for the specific deadlines with submitting a manuscript.


There is an author kit available that reiterates the formatting of your paper. Please make sure you follow the formatting guidelines or you may be subject to disqualification. NOTE: Don't fill out the copyright forms in that document.

For formatting samples, the conference committee suggests you search for some professional papers at You should be able to view the first page of these without purchasing them and they will give you a better idea of the formatting style.