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.

Judging Menu
AIAA Region IV Student Conference

Conference Judging Scoring Standards

Scoring category descriptions and range suggestions are listed here to aid you in reviewing the papers.


Technical Content
Are all major factors considered (correctness of theory, validity of the reasoning used, apparent understanding and grasp of subject, etc.) and a reasonably accurate evaluation of these facts made?


Suggested Ranges
Excellent 151-200
Good 101-150
Average 51-100
Poor 0-50

Is the paper just a compilation of standard textbook information, or does the author show independence of thinking or fresh approach to the subject? Is his subject a well-worn one, or does the choice and treatment of it show some imagination?


Suggested Ranges
Highly original 61-100
Acceptable 21-60
Standard Information 0-20

Practical Application
Does the author reach conclusions or recommendations that are feasible and practical for use, or does he merely lead the audience into further difficult or insoluble questions?


Suggested Ranges
Wide application 61-100
Limited Application 21-60
Little Practical Value 0-20

Style and Form
Is the paper written in commendable English and does it present the material clearly and in the good, acceptable form for technical papers?


Suggested Ranges
Good 61-100
Average 21-60
Poor 0-20