AIAA Student Membership

AIAA welcomes student participants to the Region I 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.

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Important Dates


Regular Registration Closes: 
February 23rd, 2015

Abstract Deadline:
March 2nd, 2015

Technical Report Deadline: 
March 12th, 2015

March 27th-28th, 2015

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 I Student Conference

Over 120 students and professionals, 65 papers, and 15 universities!

Virginia Tech

March 27th - 28th, 2015

Blacksburg, Virginia

Goodwin Hall




Dr. Michael Gazarik

Technology Director

Ball Aerospace


Associate Administrator

NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate

Dr. Fay Collier

 Project Manager

Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project

NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

Dr. Timothy Sands

President of Virginia Tech


The AIAA Student Paper Conference is a competition in which national AIAA student members at participating colleges and universities present technical papers on aerospace related topics for a chance to win prizes of up to $500.  You will have the opportunity to meet and interact with professionals in the industry as well as faculty and students from the region who share your passion for aerospace. 



Are you currently participating in research, an individual/team design project, or with outreach related to aerospace? Submit a paper to present at the conference and earn the opportunity to win up to $500 in awards, national recognition for your work, and honorary attendance to AIAA's SciTech 2016 conference in San Diego, CA!

The current paper categories are:

  • Undergraduate Technical Paper ($500/$300/$250 awards)
  • Undergraduate Team Technical Paper ($500/$300/$250 awards)
  • Graduate Technical Paper ($500/$300/$250 awards)
  • Community Outreach ($200/$100/$75 awards)


Registration: Regular registration is open and is $55 per attendee. Registration deadline is February 23.