Conference Program - Student Program


A strong feature of the SRF conference series is that there is a particular focus on using the event as a vehicle for training students. To this end there are tutorial sessions held prior to the conference Sept. 10-12 in Whistler at the Delta Whistler Village Suites.  The tutorials are designed to provide an in-depth overview of SRF related subjects for students as well as scientists and engineers new to the field. In addition there is a student poster session and competition on Sunday afternoon with judging by International SRF experts. Further a sub-set of students will receive invited orals and will be eligible for the SRF2015 top young researcher award.

Student Prizes

The student poster session was very active with 42 participants and 17 judges. In the case of the Oral session there were thirteen young researchers identified who were in the competition with selection by the IPC. First and second prize winners were selected for each competition and are noted below. Prizes were awarded based on:

  • The quality and significance of the scientific work
  • The quality of the poster and oral presentation
  • The quality and professionalism of the student’s interaction with the judges
  • The role of the student in the work

Judging was very close and demonstrated the depth in the community – the future is in good shape - to all participants, well done!

Poster session
First prize - Mattia Checchin - FNAL ($600)
Second prize - Daniel Gonnella - Cornell ($300)

Oral session
First Prize - Sarah Aull - CERN  ($600)
Second Prize - Daniel Leslie Hall - Cornell ($300)

Financial Support

In order to promote student participation some financial support was available. Due to the aid of corporate sponsorship 32 students received financial support which comprised waiving of all fees and free accommodation.


To be eligible for the student program the individual must:

  • Be a student (PhD, master, or bachelor) enrolled in a university program or a postdoc within 2 years after receiving their PhD degree.
  • Be working in the field related to the topics covered by the SRF conference.
  • Submit an abstract to the conference.
  • Be able to attend the entire conference and tutorial.
  • Be willing to assist the LOC during the conference – roles defined below

Details for the Financial Support

Student support will be allocated based on several criteria - the relevance of the student's research to the field, whether the student is the primary author of a contribution to the conference, the reference letter from a supervisor, and the financial need as evaluated by the local organizing committee as well as the available funds.
Supported students have to present their work in the special student poster session on Sunday, Sept. 13th and submit their contributions for the proceedings by Sept. 9th. It is also expected that all supported students will agree to take on light duties to aid the local organizing committee on such tasks as assisting the session chair, handling microphones during question periods and working with the conference secretariat.
All applications should be sent to with the following information:

  • General information (name, level, contribution number)
  • A brief letter explaining your need for support
  • A reference letter from advisor, department or institution that confirms your position, your research and your financial need
  • A copy of a document certifying your enrollment in the academic institution or your employment as a post-doc and the year of your PhD.

The deadline for applications is Monday, June 1, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday June 8, 2015 and are required to respond with formal confirmations by Friday June 12, 2015. Please register as early as possible to ensure that visas can be handled in a timely manner.

Poster Session

A special poster session for students will take place during participant registration on Sunday Sept. 13.
All students attending the conference are encouraged to present their work in this session.
Posters should be mounted before 16:00 on Sunday Sept. 13, and manned from 16:00 to 18:30. In accordance with the guidelines for publication of contributions, these posters must also be displayed during the regular poster sessions.