The deadline for student travel awards has passed. Applications are no longer being accepted. Funds will be disbursed to award winners during the conference.

We are please to announce that we will be granting up to eight merit-based travel awards ($250 each) to students who are first authors on submissions to SMPC 2011. These awards will be based on a 2-page paper, based on a submitted abstract (for either a poster or spoken presentation).

These awards will be available to graduate students who are primary authors on an SMPC abstract submitted by the February 1st deadline. (Click here for information on the abstract submission process.)

There will be a separate submission procedure for student travel awards, which have a deadline of March 1st.

Submissions for student travel awards should be submitted via e-mail to The subject header should read “Travel award submission for LASTNAME”, including the last name of the student (first author) who is applying for the award. Please include author names and affiliations in the body of the email, along with the title.

The 2-page paper should be included as an attachment in word (*.doc, .docx) or adobe (.pdf) format. The paper should include the title of the submission (which should match the title used for the initial abstract submission), but should NOT include the author name. The 2-page limit includes space for the title and references; double spacing should be used, as well as 1-inch margins and font equivalent in size to 12-point times roman.

The paper should be an expanded version of the submitted abstract, with the headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions. This list of headings may be recycled for papers that summarize multiple experiments, if the author wishes to do so.

All papers will be evaluated by a blind review committee. The program committee chair (Peter Pfordresher) will receive the email submissions but will not participate in the review process.

Awards will be announced by April 30th. Funds will be disbursed during the conference in Rochester. From the award winners, the SMPC board will choose one student (based on the full conference presentation) for the "SMPC 2009 outstanding student researcher award", which will consist of an additional $250. The names of all award winners will be posted at the conference and on the SMPC website.