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 Grants - Deadline: March 31, 2016

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 apply online or submit the application form and required paperwork by March 31, 2016. Funding provided by:




Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre is happy to announce sponsorship of two student travel awards for the 2016 ACA meeting. The CCDC is dedicated to fostering participation among student researchers at scientific conferences. To that end, the CCDC will sponsor two $500 travel awards to be given to outstanding student researchers whose work directly involves CCDC software or data. These awards are limited only to students (undergrad or grad) in North, Central or South America. Should no viable abstracts be submitted, the CCDC reserves the right not to make the award. All ACA Travel Grant Applicants are automatically considered.




The Pittsburgh Diffraction Society Student Travel Award is meant to supports students (graduate or undergraduate) who wish to participate in an annual ACA meeting. Up to three awards will be given annually, one for students working in the field of macromolecular crystallography, one for work in the area of "small molecule" crystallography, and one for a student active in either materials science or methods development using diffraction techniques or crystallography. Applications will be accepted from students studying at institutions in North, Central or South America. The award can be used for travel (transportation and/or housing) only. The amount of the award will be $500). All ACA Travel Grant Applicants are automatically considered. The Continuing Education Committee (CEC) will select the award winners.




Society of Physics StudentsA limited number of SPS Travel Awards, on the order of $200 each, will be offered to help fund SPS members presenting their research at a national meeting of the professional societies in the AIP federation. Applicants must be members of the SPS national organization. Applicants must be undergraduate students, at the time of the meeting. Applicants must have submitted an abstract to the meeting and the abstract must have been accepted. Click here for more information.




We are pleased to offer registered Students & Post-docs attending the 2016 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, 2016 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 Friday, July 22 at 5:30pm in the Sheraton Hotel and will last about an hour.


Undergraduate Symposium 

Organizers:  Aaron Celestian ([email protected]), Kim Stanek ([email protected]), Martin Donakowski ([email protected])

The ACA invites all undergraduates, graduate students, and their mentors for a reception highlighting undergraduate research on Saturday, July 23 at 12:00pm. Posters prepared on research of undergraduates will be highlighted and refreshments will be provided. The Chief Executive Officer of The ACA will give a talk on the use and importance of crystallography to science and engineering.



Networking Mixer 

The Networking Mixer (Organized by YSSIG) will be held on Sunday, July 24, at Marlowe's, located within walking distance of the Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel; the mixer will be free for students and postdoctoral researchers but a pre-paid ticket is required for all others. The mixer invites scientists of all backgrounds to mingle in an informal setting and discuss their research and varied interests (work-related and non-). Sponsorship provided by Bruker. Sign up or purchase tickets at the ACA Registration before 5:00pm on Saturday, July 23.





The ACA has secured a limited number of rooms for students and postdoctoral associates at a reduced rate at the Denver Sheraton 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

due by March 31, 2016. Apply online



Online will open in Jan. or use this paper form 


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.