Prizes will be awarded to three graduate student papers. Awards will be made for

  • First Prize in the amount of $1000
  • Second Prize in the amount of $750
  • Third Prize in the amount of $500

The deadline for submission of full papers on the meeting web site is September 19, 2016Please see for additional information, or contact the Student Paper Chair Prof. Erdem Topsakal, Dept. of ECE, Virginia Commonwealth University, Student papers and awards will be presented at the Plenary Session on Thursday morning, January 5, 2017. Student Paper Competition participants will have the option of submitting their competition papers for the publication in a special section of the journal Radio Science.

Rules and Guidelines for Paper Preparation

  1. In addition to submitting a one-page abstract or two-page summary, a student must write as first author a full paper of up to 25 pages in length. The full paper must be submitted on the abstract/summary submission web site no later than 11:59 pm PDT on September 19, 2016. To submit the paper, on the first page of abstract submissions, check the box "This paper is to be submitted to the Student Paper Competition". Then upload the full paper as well as the abstract on the following web page.
  2. The topic of the paper must be related to the field of one of URSI's 10 Commissions. Students must indicate to which URSI Commission or Commissions (maximum of two) the topic of their paper is most relevant.
  3. The paper must be in English and in the single-column manuscript format, as specified for the journal Radio Science and available on-line at The length of the paper must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, including figures. The text and caption font must be 12-point Times Roman. In using the Radio Science manuscript format, line numbers are not required, nor is it essential to start each Section on a new page.
  4. University students in normal pursuit of an B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. degree are eligible to enter a paper in the competition. The student must be enrolled in a U.S. college or university as of September 19, 2016.
  5. Each student may submit only one paper to the Student Paper Competition. In addition, the paper must be the unaided work of only one graduate student. The usual guidance provided to a graduate student by a research advisor and/or supervising professor is consistent with this rule, as is the co-authorship of the paper by the advisor or professor. In case of co-authorship, a letter from each advisor stating his/her level of contribution explicitly must accompany the paper upon submission. This letter should be appended as the last page of the PDF file of the paper.
  6. A paper which is submitted to a journal before September 19, 2016, is ineligible. However, a student is encouraged to submit his/her paper to a journal after this date.
  7. The three finalists in the USNC-URSI Student Paper Competition are requested to present their papers in both the regular session and the Plenary Session since the finalists are generally selected after the program for the NRSM has been finalized.

Questions regarding the competition should be addressed to Prof. Erdem Topsakal, Dept. of ECE, Virginia Commonwealth University,


Student Travel Support

Students at U.S. universities may be awarded support from USNC URSI for travel to the 2017 National Radio Science Meeting. Starting in 2011, USNC-URSI limited the number of students who are awarded travel support based on the availability of funds. Students applying for support will be required to report how many times they have previously received travel support to attend the NRSM in Boulder, and on what years. Priority will be given to those who have received previous student travel support the fewest number of times. To be eligible to receive travel support, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be the first author and presenter of a paper accepted for presentation at the 2017 National Radio Science Meeting to be held January 4-6, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado.
  2. Be a full-time student for a undergraduate or graduate degree at a U.S. university as of September 19, 2016.
  3. Submit a complete application for travel support through the abstract/summary submission web page by the deadline of September 19,2016.  Before you enter your abstract, click "Student Travel Support Application" to display the application. After filling out all the information, click "Submit" at the bottom of the page.
  4. After the award has been decided, a 2017 USNC-URSI Student Fellowship Award Memo will be e-mailed to you. You will be required to sign the memo and e-mail it to the National Academies to agree to the terms and conditions of the award.

The travel support will be in the form of a fellowship grant award from the National Academies (NAS) in Washington, DC. This award is intended to defray travel expenses to attend the 2017 National Radio Science Meeting to be held January 4-6, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. The award amount is $600 for students at universities outside of the state of Colorado; otherwise, it is a smaller amount depending on the distance from Boulder, CO. The following terms and conditions are applicable to this award:

  1. Awardees will still be required to pay the student registration fee to attend the meeting.
  2. If traveling by air, each awardee must comply with the Fly America Act when making travel arrangements. Funds spent in violation of the Fly America Act as determined by NAS are unallowable and may need to be repaid.
  3. All awardees must contact Ms. Pam Gamble at immediately upon learning that he/she cannot attend the meeting so that appropriate repayment arrangements can be made.

Questions regarding student travel support should be addressed to Prof. Erdem Topsakal, Dept. of ECE, Virginia Commonwealth University,