Ernest K. Smith USNC-URSI Student Prize Paper Competition

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 (date TBA). Please see for additional information, or contact the Student Paper Chair Prof. Danilo Erricolo, Dept. of ECE, University of Illinois at Chicago, Student papers and awards will be presented at the Plenary Session on Thursday morning, January 7, 2016. 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 in the standard USNC-URSI format, 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 submission web site no later than 11:59 pm PDT on (date TBA). 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 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 (date TBA).
  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 (date TBA), 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. Danilo Erricolo, University of Illinois at Chicago, at