University seeks student research abstracts

Student researchers at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) are being encouraged to submit abstracts of 250 words maximum outlining a design and research project relevant to the aerospace industry for consideration for the 7th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium coming to UAH Oct. 27-29.

Abstracts should be submitted online at by Friday, Sept. 12. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday, Sept. 16, and an electronic poster template will be provided. Final posters are due by Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Abstracts on atmospheric science, earth observation, space life sciences, space health, aerospace systems engineering and design, astrophysics, space weather, optics, economics, business, policy, sustainability, history, international relations, education, science, STEM outreach initiatives or related areas are requested.

Students must notify their advisor that they are submitting an abstract and the advisor is responsible for approving the accuracy and content of the abstract and poster. Due to space restrictions a limited number of posters can be accepted for judging.

"Again this year we are pleased to announce a call for abstracts and we would like to encourage students to take part in the poster competition to display their research and compete for prizes," says David Cook, student research program coordinator in the Office of the Provost. "With most of the symposium being hosted on our campus, this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the capabilities of UAH's undergraduate and graduate students."

To highlight student research and its contributions to aerospace science and related fields, student posters will be on display at the opening reception on Oct. 27 and a poster competition will be held on the evening of Oct. 28.

Also, the UAH Office of Vice President for Research will cover registration costs for a limited number of current UAH students who would like to attend the symposium. Official registration includes all sessions, continental breakfasts, break refreshments, two lunches and opening reception.

Students interested in attending the proceedings should apply in person at the Office of the Vice President for Research, M-17 in the Von Braun Research Hall, no later than Friday, Sept. 12. Students who participate in the student poster competition may attend the opening reception and student poster competition even if they do not register for the full symposium.

The Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium is sponsored by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and organized with UAH, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Huntsville National Space Club. Top aerospace professionals representing government, academia and the private sector will attend and the proceedings feature several notable speakers and panelists. More is at


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