About the Student Committee

The Nano Division Student Committee is dedicated to providing a global network that connects students and young professionals around the world, facilitating knowledge exchange, providing useful tools, advice, and encouragement, so that students pursue careers that advance the use of renewable and sustainable nanomaterials.

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Travel Awards

TAPPI’s Nanotechnology Division sponsors a "Student Travel Stipend Program" to support students attending its annual conference. To be considered for the travel stipend award, students must complete an application.  Students submitting the application should already have an accepted abstract/poster for presentation.

Selected submissions will be awarded grants to cover partial travel expenses.  The award amount differs each year.  This year, the Division will be awarding two $500 travel stipends.


The application form must be completed and returned with a cover letter, letter of application (750 words or less) to describe why you should be chosen to receive the travel stipend AND a letter of recommendation from your professor by 3 April 2017.  Recipients will be notified of acceptance by 14 April 2017.  *Recipient cannot be from a university in the host city.

Submit your application by email to:

Lisa Stephens, TAPPI Account Manager, Nanotechnology -

Student Committee Lunch

Monday, June 5  12:30-2 pm

All students are welcome to join us for lunch on the first day of the conference! Get to know the student committee and its leadership. 

The goal of the lunch is to introduce TAPPI Nano students to the new Student Committee and its leadership, events, and goals. The lunch will provide a convenient and welcoming venue for students to meet and network with fellow student attendees early in the conference and will also serve as an easy location for mentors signed up for the mentor program to meet and talk with their mentee and other students.

*Sign-up during registration*

Student Poster Session

Tuesday, June 6  5:30-7:30 pm

The student poster session is held every year at the TAPPI Nano International Conference to showcase undergraduate and graduate research. Prizes are awarded to the top posters based on audience voting and the open format is perfect for interacting with industry representatives and other students! Previous poster winners can be found here.

*Submit abstract for poster session online*

Career Roundtable Session

Thursday, June 8  2-3:30 pm

The career roundtable will provide an open and engaging platform for students and young professionals to connect with experts in academia, government, and industry and learn from their experiences and career paths.

  • The first 30 minutes of the session will consist of presentations by one panelist from each these fields outlining their personal career path and perspective on their respective job sector.
  • The second 30 minutes of the session will be an open question and answer discussion period where audience members have the opportunity to ask specific questions to one or more of the panelists.
  • The final 30 minutes of the session will be dedicated to informal small group discussions where students and young professionals can directly engage with panelists from their job sector(s) of interest.

*No sign-up necessary*

List of Career Roundtable Panelists (subject to change)

- Wim Thielemans, KU Leuven
- Jeffrey Youngblood, Purdue University
- Orlando Rojas, Aalto University
- Johan Foster, Virginia Tech
- Sean Ireland, FibreLean
- Kim Nelson, American Process
- Shaul Lapidot, Melodea
- Linda Johnston, National Research Council of Canada
- Jeffrey Gilman, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Submit questions for our panelists ahead of time here!

Mentor Program

This program is designed to help students, postdocs and young professionals make the most of their conference experience by pairing them with global leaders in renewable materials. This is a fun, informal opportunity for students and young professionals to meet, connect and make an impact. Mentors and mentees will be able to meet and interact at the student committee lunch and throughout the conference.

Find more information here.

*Sign-up during registration*