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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Important Dates


Registration Opens

Monday, January 1, 2018, 12:00am

Abstracts Due Friday, March 2, 2018, 11:59pm

Papers Due Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:59pm

Registration Closes Saturday, April 14, 2018 11:59pm

Cancellation Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018 11:59pm

Conference Begins Friday, April 13, 2018

Conference Ends Saturday, April 14, 2018 

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 

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 Student Activities Committee 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 Student Activities Committee 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 on 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 on the AIAA website. 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.