The ACA's annual meeting is a unique opportunity to for students to submit an abstract and possibly present alongside veteran professionals in the field.  Including young scientists and students is important to the ACA and we encourage you to apply for our available travel grants and/or volunteer at the meeting to offset travel costs.  We are also proud to offer discounted room rates for students as well as discounted registration fees.


Everything you need to further your studies or enhance your career can be found at the ACA's annual meeting. Special events, Etter Student Lecture awards, poster prizes and networking opportunities, are all specifically designed to meet the needs of students, postdocs, and early career scientists.

Even though the deadline has passed to submit a travel support application, there are many ways to offset the cost of attending the meeting:



We are pleased to offer registered Students & Post-docs attending the 2018 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.  Those interested should APPLY ONLINE by May 1, 2018. 





Room sharing is an option for those looking to save money on their hotel accommodations.  If you wish to be listed as wanting to share a room, please send an email containing your name, institute, email address and gender.  For detailed information on the program and the list of those looking for a roommate check out the accommodations page.




The American Crystallographic Association has funds available, to those who apply and are accepted, 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. 




The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre is pleased to announce a travel sponsorship in support of the 2018 ACA meeting. The CCDC is dedicated to fostering participation among student researchers at scientific conferences. To that end, the CCDC will sponsor two 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. All ACA Travel Grant Applicants are automatically considered. 





 (IUCr) International Union of Crystallography has awarded a grant to help support young scientists travel to the ACA's 2018 Annual Meeting.  Awards for young scientists should be used solely for travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses. Young scientists are graduate students, post-graduate students or post-doctoral fellows with a maximum age of 30 (exceptionally 35).  


The Pittsburgh Diffraction Society Chung Soo Yoo Student Travel Award is meant to support students (graduate or undergraduate) who wish to participate in an annual ACA meeting. Up to two (2) awards will be given annually, one specifically for students working in the field of macromolecular crystallography and one related to any other crystallography discipline. 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 Students.  A 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. More information can be found at: HERE and HERE.