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Students activities

Best student paper award

Purpose:To recognize excellence in a MSC paper whose primary contributor(s) is a (are) Student Member(s) of the IEEE.

Nomination procedure and deadline: Details available at  the CSS webpage for the MSC Best Student Paper Award


Certificate laminated on a plaque and travel expenses to the MSC for one recipient (round trip restricted (minimal) coach air fare, conference registration, and up to 4 conference-rate hotel-nights for a 3-day conference, and up to 5 conference-rate hotel-nights for a 4-day conference. All four finalists receive certificates and free student conference registrations.


Funded by the IEEE Control Systems Society (General Chair includes this in the budget as a conference expense).


At the MSC banquet or special event.


Primary contributor(s) of a paper, who was a (were) Student Member(s) of the IEEE at the MSC deadline for initial paper submission. The Student(s) is (are) required to present the paper at the MSC.

Basis for Judgement: 

Originality, clarity, and potential impact on practical applications of control.

Student Travel Support Program    

Program Details

The Student Travel Support of MSC 2014  is meant to enable promising students to attend the conference, present their papers and become more integrated into their scientific community. IEEE Control Systems Society funds will be used to cover student (or regular, in rare cases) registration. Depending on the number of applications, modest levels of additional support might be available.

Eligibility and Requirements

In order to be eligible, applicants

  • Must be an author or co-author of (at least) one paper accepted for presentation at MSC 2014 ;
  • Must present at least one of the accepted papers;
  • Must be a student member of both IEEE and CSS at the time of the application.

In case the number of applicants exceeds the budget, additional criteria will be used to make a selection among the applicants. These additional criteria, in decreasing order of importance, prefer

  • Applicants who have not benefited from this scheme in the last two years.
  • Applicants who will present more than one paper at the conference.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate active participation in CSS.

In addition, the selection committee may decide to limit awards where more than one presenter from the same institution would otherwise be offered an award to attend the same conference.

Application Procedures

To apply, students must download the Student Travel Support Application Form, fill it in, convert it into the PDF format, and upload it through PaperPlaza as follows:

  • Step 1: Select "Submit a paper or session proposal for the MSC 2014"
  • Step 2: Select "First Submissions: Student Travel Form"
  • Step 3: To complete the application procedure, the Student's Advisor must contact via e-mail Professor Sandra Hirche, Chair of Student Activities Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society (, and provide her with the following information:

1. Certification that the applicant is currently enrolled as a student and is planning to attend and present a paper at the MSC 2014

2. Short message of support of the Student's application.

A student application not accompanied by the Adviser's support letter will not be considered for support.

Deadlines and Award Notification

  • July 11 2014 : Decision letters about papers submitted to MSC 2014  are sent out
  • July 26, 2014: Deadline for applying for the Student Travel Support (NEW DEADLINE)
  • August 15, 2014 (tentative): decision messages about travel support recipients are expected to be sent out.
    *IMPORTANT NOTE: do not register until you have received the decision letter where the details of the special registration procedure for Student Travel Awardees will be announced. Please be aware that the registration fee can potentially not be reimbursed in case you have already registered using the standard registration procedure.*
  • September 1, 2014: Deadline for completing the on-line registration and uploading the final version of the manuscript The Chair of Student Activities Committee (Joseph Yamé) can provide an official letter confirming the receipt of the award, if required.

Conditions of the Award

  • The award is not transferable
  • The award recipient will participate in, and present, at least one paper at the conference