November 6-10


To encourage and recognize the important contributions students make to the Gaseous Electronics Conference, specifically, and to the plasma/atomic-molecular optical science fields, in general, the GEC Executive Committee will recognize one (1) student presenter with the GEC Student Award for Excellence.  Finalists will be announced on the meeting website before the meeting and will present their work between Tuesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 9. The student award winner will be announced at the conference dinner Thursday evening. The award consists of cash (US$1,000) and a certificate.

To be eligible for the award, the student must present a contributed talk (not a poster), provide a recommendation letter from the student’s research supervisor, and submit the application materials before the abstract-submission deadline.  No more than one student may be nominated per supervisor.

The one-page recommendation letter from the supervisor should describe the student’s creative contribution to the project, the duration of the student's participation in the project, and unique project-related qualifications of the student.

The student application should contain:

  • a copy of the student's abstract (plain text or .pdf when submitting via email, please do NOT send raw LaTeX files)
  • a one-page supporting letter from the student including, among other aspects, a description of the motivation for doing the research, the relevance of the work to plasma/atomic-molecular optical science, a list of all collaborators on the project, and the scope of the student’s contribution to the project
  • a two-page-maximum curriculum vitae of the student, (including educational background, research experience, professional affiliations, publications, patents, presentations, and awards)

Student applications and supervisor recommendation letters are to be emailed (separately or together) to Prof. Allison Harris (, Chair of GEC 2017 Student Awards Committee before 11:59pm (Pacific Daylight Time) 2 June 2017.

The GEC Student Awards Committee will review the nominations and select the finalists for the Student Award for Excellence. Members of the GEC Student Awards Committee will also serve as judges. Judges will attend the finalists' oral presentations and select the award recipient.

Application deadline is June 2, 2017.

The GEC is committed to encouraging student participation and offers monetary assistance to student attendees who formally present their work. Student-research advisors may request partial reimbursement of travel expenses for students attending and presenting papers at GEC.

To request support, advisors must send:

  • a letter of application and
  • a copy of the student's abstract (plain text or .pdf when submitting via email, please do NOT send raw LaTeX files)

to Prof. Mark Koepke ( before 11:59pm (Pacific Daylight Time) 2 June 2017.

Note: A request for travel assistance is separate from a nomination for Student Award for Excellence. Students receiving travel assistance are expected to attend the entire conference.

Application deadline is June 2, 2017.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh - Green Tree is the conference hotel. Its address is
500 Mansfield Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15205 USA.
TEL: +1-412-922-8400 FAX: +1-412-922-8981
Room rate of $145 plus tax is valid until 20 Oct.
The rooms have two (2) queen beds. No rollaway beds are permitted at the hotel.

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June 2             
GEC abstract deadline
Pre-registration opens; closes 27 October
Student-poster/oral award nominations
and student-travel-grant applications due

August 31        Bulletin late-abstract deadline
September       Finalized-program announced
October 20      Hotel reservation cut-off date
November 3    Last day to cancel registration