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.


TRAVEL FUNDING          Applications Due by: MARCH 6, 2017



American Crystallographic Association  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 by MARCH 6, 2017..

Travel support for this program is provided by:



Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre is happy to announce sponsorship of two student travel awards for the 2017 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 will not provide travel grants to the ACA Meeting in New Orleans. They are, however, offering (3) $1,000 G.A. Jeffrey Travel Awards to the IUCr Congress in India. Click here for more information.



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 2017 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 ONLINE FORM by April 1, 2017. Questions? Contact: [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, May 26 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel and will last about an hour.


Networking Mixer 

Come join your fellow conference attendees and exhibitors at the Networking Mixer on Sunday, May 28. This event is your opportunity to connect with other scientists in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the delicious food and music of New Orleans at the mixer. This event is sponsored in part by Bruker and is FREE for registered students and postdocs. Indicate on the registration form that you will attend. Tickets are mandatory.




The ACA has secured a limited number of rooms for students and postdoctoral associates at a reduced rate at the Hyatt Regency 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.




Discounted Room Rates for Students & Postdoc.

You must be registered as Student or Postdoc.


Travel Grant Application

due by MARCH 6, 2017. Apply online.


Online will open in

January 2017.

Get Ready

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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 experience.

Become a Member

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