Q1: Who qualifies to apply?
A1: Students must be U.S. citizens, currently attending a U.S. university or college full-time at the graduate level, who plans to enter a career in space science or aeronautics.
Q2. Is there an age requirement?
Q3. Can the student applicant be a co-author?
A3. Yes. A student may co-author with another student. However, NASA will only fund the lead author that has submitted an abstract to NASA for consideration to present their paper at the 2021 IAC.
Q4. Will my co-author(s) be considered for funding by NASA?
A4. No. Only the student applicant will be considered for funding.
Q5. I am currently working with my professor on a paper. Is this acceptable?
A5. Yes. Students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientist and engineers.
Q6. What is the last date I can submit my abstract to NASA?
A6. The due date is March 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.
Q7. If I have a question or concern, who should I contact?
A7. Please email your question or concern to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a response within three (3) business days.
Q8. When uploading my abstract on the website, the word count gives me a read out of more than 400 words but I counted and I have 395 words.
A8. The word count is there to assist with keeping within the 400 words limit. Some special characters may be counted as “two” words. You may need to modify your document to keep the count at 400 or less.
Q9. I do not have a passport. What other ID can I send to verify my citizenship?
A9. A birth certificate showing place of birth as being in the USA or Naturalization Papers showing that person has become a US citizen.
Q10. Can I submit two different abstracts to IAC and NASA?
A10. Multiple abstracts may be submitted but only one per technical session category to the IAF. NASA will only support one paper that has been accepted by the IAF for presentation.
Q1. What is the conference like?
A1. The event will allow attendees to meet and become acquainted with other students. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and share views with senior agency representatives about their respective education and space agency programs.
Q2. Will I be able to hear other student presentations?
A2. Students will present papers in the IAC regular conference sessions as well as attend other student's presentations and learn about their research. Apart from the IAC official conference program, student activities will be available in the International Student Zone, where the participants are able to present their research, display their posters and share their ideas and experiences. Attendance at the Congress will offer the great opportunity for the selected students to attend lectures by renowned scientists and engineers from around the world. It also enables the students to meet other young space professionals.