Young Scientists & Students 


At the ACA meeting, you will find everything you need to further your studies or enhance your career. Special events, Etter Student Lecture awards, poster prizes, networking opportunities, discounts on registration and hotel, and opportunities for travel support are all designed especially to meet the needs of students, postdocs and early career scientists.



ACA Travel Grant

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Limited funds will be available to help students and young scientists attend the  Meeting. Funds help to offset travel and travel-related expenses. Preference will be given to those presenting a paper. Those interested should submit the application form and required paperwork by March 31, 2015. Funding provided, in part by:





We are pleased to offer registered Students & Post-docs attending the 2015 Meeting the opportunity to defray meeting expenses by participating as Session Room Monitors.Session Room Monitors operate audiovisual equipment, and room lighting, photograph the speakers (cameras provided), track and record attendance, and perform other tasks requested by the session chairs. Monitors will be compensated at a rate of $10 per hour. You must commit to at least one, full-day (8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. or when the session ends). Positions are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to participate, please complete this form and submit it by April 15, 2015 to:  [email protected].



Young Scientists Meeting Orientation

Our focus is to orient new 'young scientists' and first time attendees to the structure of the ACA Meeting and how to make the most of their experience. The orientation is scheduled for Saturday, July 25 at 5:30pm and will last about an hour.


Bruker - Young Scientists Mixer 

High energy fun, great food and some of the most exciting venues make the Young Scientists Mixer a great place to connect with scientists ranging in experience and disciplines. Sponsored in part by Bruker AXS, the Young Scientist Mixer is one of the meeting's most popular events and is FREE to registered Students & Post-docs (ticket required). The mixer will be held on Sunday, July 26.




The ACA has secured a limited number of rooms for students and postdoctoral associates at a reduced rate at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel. You must be a registered Student or Post-doc meeting attendee to be eligible for this rate. First-come first-served on these rooms.


Room Sharing

Room sharing is an option for those looking to save money on their hotel accommodations.This service is strictly for facilitating contact between roommates and does not guarantee availability. Once contact is made, attendees will still need to reserve a room directly with the hotel. If you wish to be listed as wanting to share a room, please send an email containing your name, institute, contact details and gender. Once you have found a roommate, please contact us again to let us know, and we will remove you from the listing. Listings will be available on the Accommodations Page.



Discounted Room Rates for Students & Postdoc.

You must be registered as Student or Postdoc.

Travel Grant Application

Download, save, complete & return application by March 31, 2015.


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Insider's Guide to the Meeting

Make the most of your participation in the meeting and see what other students, postdocs and early career scientists have said about their experiences.

Become a Member

As a member, you will find a strong network of support for your studies and career in crystallography. In addition, get deeper discounts on meeting registration, access to valuable publications, resources and career building opportunities.