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Student Scientific Papers


Selected Conference Pre-Conference Instructional Courses, RESNA Workshops, and Scientific Papers/Posters will be presented between July 7-10, 2020.

RESNA 2020 Instructions


RESNA holds a Student Scientific Paper Competition each year. Full time students in either an undergraduate or a graduate academic program are encouraged to submit a manuscript to the competition. To enter, submit your paper through the online Scientific Paper submission process at Conference Paper Submission CMT Site. Your submission will be reviewed and scored by a panel of reviewers who are experts in area(s) relevant to its topic.

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  • Any research substantially performed while the lead author(s) is/are full time student(s) in either an undergraduate or graduate academic program is eligible for the competition.
  • More than one paper can be submitted to the competition, but no student will receive more than one honoraria per year.
  • The same paper cannot be submitted to both the Student Design and Student Scientific Paper competitions.
  • When submitting a paper, the author must include a Letter of Certification from a faculty member verifying that the first author was a student and carried out a majority of the work presented in the paper.


Authors of accepted Student Scientific Papers will be expected to present their work at the conference. The five highest scoring submissions will be considered the winners of the competition and will be presented in a special Platform Session at the conference. All other submissions that are accepted to the conference will be asked to present their work through an Interactive Poster Session presentation at the conference.


Accepted scientific papers will be posted on RESNA’s website and will be publicly available as Conference Proceedings. Winners of the Student Scientific Paper Competition are required to have their entire paper published in the conference proceedings, not just their abstract. Authors of non-winning accepted papers may select between publication of their full paper as submitted or a shorter abstract in the Conference Proceedings. The abstract only option is ONLY for authors who plan future submission to scholarly journals and wish to avoid strict restrictions on "prior publication" established by some journals (e.g., Archives of PM&R and some medical journals).

  • All authors considering the abstract-only publication option should investigate the requirements of their targeted journal, and students are encouraged to consult with their advisor.
  • Authors who wish to submit their paper to the RESNA Assistive Technology Journal do not need to limit their publication to an abstract, as the conference proceedings is not considered to be prior publication by the Journal editors.


Papers must be submitted online via the RESNA Conference Paper Submission CMT Site no later than Saturday, February 15th, 2020, at 11:59 PM EDT.

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For general questions, contact the RESNA 2020 Conference Chair