SAIC Call for Papers

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Georgia Tech are pleased to announce the opening of the 23rd Annual SAIC Georgia Tech Student Paper Competition. SAIC has instituted this student paper competition as part of its Strategic University Alliance program to recognize technical excellence at Georgia Tech and to foster the development of closer ties between the company and the university.

SAIC will present awards totaling $8,000 to 10 finalists for outstanding technical papers in the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, biology, and science & technology policy.

Awards will be made to students at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. levels. Papers may be prepared in support of university courses, professional society competitions, or technical publications. SAIC reserves the right to keep a copy of each submitted paper for its records.
An awards reception and dinner will be held to honor all 10 finalists, with invitations extended to the student authors, their faculty sponsors, and their guests. At the awards banquet, 5 first prize winners will be announced and each will receive a $1,000 award for the student or student team. The remaining 5 second prize winners will each receive a $500 award for the student or student team. The student finalists and their faculty sponsors will also receive a framed certificate honoring their accomplishments.
All finalists will be asked to prepare and present a poster describing their research at the awards reception. Attendees at the reception will be given the opportunity to vote for the best poster, and the winner of that award will receive an additional $500.

To Enter
Submitted papers must not exceed 25 pages in length (typed double spaced, minimum font size 10 point, and including figures and references). Reprints of technical journal publications are also acceptable if they do not exceed 10 pages in length. Submitted papers or publications should have been written or published in the last year (2011-2012) and have a minimum of 50% student authorship (as primary student author or student team authors combined). The primary student author must be enrolled as a Georgia Tech student during the current Fall 2012 semester. Only one submission per primary student author is permitted. The deadline for submissions is:
12:00 PM, Monday, September 24, 2012
All entries must be submitted electronically in a PDF format to:

The following information must be included in the email accompanying the papers:
Paper title:
Primary student author with percent participation:
School or department:
Degree being pursued when paper was written (PhD, MS, BS):
Primary student author email:
Primary student author ID #:
Faculty sponsor with percent participation:
Faculty school or department:
Faculty email:
Other student author(s) with percent participation:
Other student author(s) email:
Other author(s) with percent participation:

As SAIC is constantly searching for good candidates for future employment, it is our policy to forward the names of entrants to SAIC’s human resources (HR) department. Your name will be kept confidential, and will not be used for any purpose other than a minimal level of career recruitment. Please indicate in the email if you DO NOT want your information forwarded.
Questions may be directed to: No submissions will be considered after the deadline.

Selection Procedure and Criteria
The selection panel will consider three primary criteria in the selection process:
1) originality or uniqueness of the work,
2) significance of the results, and
3) effectiveness of the presentation.
Papers will be submitted to an SAIC/GT selection panel for evaluation and selection. All participants will be notified of the results.

Awards Dinner and Ceremony
Finalists will be announced by November 1, 2012 and awards will be presented at the awards banquet scheduled for Thursday, November 15th at 6 PM at the Georgia Tech Hotel. Invitees to the dinner will include finalist authors, their guests, their faculty project sponsors and their guests, and select SAIC and Georgia Tech leadership. Pictures and a short article describing the awards ceremony will be published in an SAIC company periodical.

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