Student Paper Award

Goals and Objectives

It is the purpose of this award to recognize the outstanding paper prepared and submitted by a Student Member. The paper receiving the Student Paper Award will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, giving recognition to the author and the institution at which the work was done. The Award winner will also receive a full conference registration to the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood, CA, where they will be recognized at the Honors & Awards Ceremony.

Application Requirements

  1. Applicants must be current SMPTE Student Members. Student Membership is available for $10 per year. Join Now. Applicants may also apply to receive a complimentary first year of membership through the SMPTE Student Membership Challenge.
  2. The paper must deal with some technical phase of motion pictures, television, photographic instrumentation, or their closely allied arts and sciences. To aid the Student Member as to whether the subject matter and significance of the paper might be acceptable for review by the SMPTE Journal Award Committee, the nearest Local Section Chair of the Society and/or the Faculty Adviser (if the Student is a member of a Student Chapter) should be consulted. A listing of Local Section Chairs can be found here.

The style and format shall be similar to that for papers published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. It should not exceed 3,000 words in length.

Papers will be evaluated on:

  • Technical merit
  • Originality
  • Presentation

These criteria will be used to evaluate the author’s understanding of the subject, contribution to the information or literature, and ability to organize and present material clearly.

Application Procedure

All submitted papers must have the following information on the title page:

  1. Title of paper
  2. Applicant’s name
  3. Applicant’s address, phone number, and email Address
  4. Name of school
  5. Faculty member’s or academic adviser’s name and signature

All submissions must be accompanied by a copy of a current Student ID card.

Please submit your paper to:

Sally-Ann D'Amato via email

OR in hard copy to

Attn:  Sally-Ann D'Amato

Telephone: +1 914 205 2375

Applications must be received by 18 May 2016.

Examples of previous award winning student papers may be found here.


Questions may be directed to Sally-Ann D'Amato.