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Awards and Grants

1. Student Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants are available to encourage student IEEE members to attend ICOPS 2022.

Only "First Author" abstracts submitted by students are eligible for travel grants. Moreover, the abstract should be original (not published elsewhere).

Applicants should submit the following information by March 18, 2022:

  1. Copy of submitted abstract
  2. IEEE membership number
  3. Proposed travel budget to the conference (cost sharing with other students is encouraged)
  4. Recommendation letter from the student's advisor, stating the importance of the research to be presented.

Create a single merged pdf file containing all the application material and e-mail it to mdjohn@sandia.gov with the subject line "ICOPS 2022 Student Travel Grant Application".

2. Student Paper Competition and Awards

The NPSS Student Paper Award seeks to recognize outstanding student poster or oral papers submitted to the 49th International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS 2022). The purpose of these awards is to encourage both outstanding student contributions and greater student participation as principal or sole authors of papers as well as to acknowledge the importance of student contributions to the fields embraced by the NPSS. The two best submissions will each receive a cash award of $500 and a certificate. The two runners-up will each receive a certificate only.

Selection process: A judging panel of 5 scientists, chosen to represent the breadth of the ICOPS community, will select approximately 8-12 papers from the valid student paper entries. The panel will ask these selected students to present their work in a 15-minute oral presentation to the judges at the conference (in addition to the regularly scheduled presentation). After this judging period at the conference, the on-site awards committee will rank the papers, primarily for technical content and originality. Other criteria such as graphic display and clarity of data presentation may be considered. If there is a tie, preference will be given to 1) IEEE NPSS members, 2) IEEE members, and 3) non-IEEE members, in that order. The exact date and time of the oral presentations will be decided in April 2022. The NPSS Student Paper Awards recipients will be announced during the ICOPS 2022 Awards Banquet Wednesday, May 25.

Please note: the deadline for receipt of your advisor's letter is May 1, 2022.

3. Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant

The Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant, funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, is awarded to support participation in the ICOPS 2022 Mini-course on "Plasmas for Space Propulsion" and to further encourage membership in NPSS. The grant award will cover the mini-course registration fee and full/partial support for hotel accommodations.

Eligibility is limited to outstanding members of NPSS who are either student members or unemployed members needing assistance in changing career direction.

Applicants will be judged on exceptional promise as a student in any of the fields of NPSS, or exceptional work in those fields by currently unemployed NPSS members with an expectation that attendance to the Mini-Course will result in an improved possibility of obtaining a job in an NPSS field.

To be considered for the 2022 Paul Phelps Continuing Education Grant, please email the conference award chair at mdjohn@sandia.gov  with a subject line of "ICOPS 2022 Phelps Grant" by April 15.

4. MiniCourse Grants for Young Professionals

significant number of additional grants are available to encourage young professionals to attend the ICOPS 2022 Minicourse on "Plasmas for Space Propulsion". Each grant will be in the form of a waiver for minicourse registration fee.

To be eligible for these grants, applicants must be either a Postdoc or Research Associate who is within 10 years of receiving his or her last degree.

Applicants will be judged on the exceptional promise in any of the fields of plasma science with an expectation that attendance of the Minicourse will be important for future career.

To be considered for a Young Professional Minicourse Grant, please email a brief (one page maximum) justification letter including a description of eligibility to  mdjohn@sandia.gov with a subject line of "ICOPS 2022 YP Mini Course Grant Application" by April 15, 2022.

 
 
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