AES Blue Fingers Student Award

The AES Student Award recognizes the most outstanding student paper submitted for the AES Annual Conference by a graduate student at the time of application. The award recipient needs to be an AES member will receive financial support ($500*) to attend the AES Annual Conference; the financial support can be used to cover registration, transportation, accommodations, and meals. The winner may also sign up to volunteer at the SciX meeting in exchange for complimentary registration (a volunteer spot is reserved for the AES Blue Fingers Student Award Winner). In order for their presentation to be considered for the AES ‘Blue Fingers’ Student Award, students should submit their abstract as an oral-or-poster type, or a poster type, during the SciX open call for abstracts. When submitting their abstract students must select the option regarding participation in the student AES poster competition in order to be eligible; the awardee will give a 20 minute oral presentation at the AES Annual Conference. The Poster of the winning student will also be featured on the AES website.

*In the event of an all online conference, or if the awardee is unable to attend SciX in person, the amount of the award may be reduced to cover only the registration fees.


Download and complete the application, following the instructions within. Applicants must submit an abstract by the stated SciX deadlines (oral-or-poster deadline is May 16; poster deadline is August 1), and then complete the AES application form within 7 days. 

Members of the AES Board as well as the session chairs for the conference, will coordinate the judging of the submitted applications. The awardee will be notified as soon as possible once the selection is made. 

2021 Recipient

James Hagan


2020 Nicole Hill

2019 Anna Nielsen

2018 Claire V. Crowther

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