The Stanley Nelson Roscoe Best Student Paper Award

Updated June, 2018

 The Stanley Nelson Roscoe Best Student Paper Award is intended to memorialize the contributions of Dr. Stanley Roscoe (1920-2007) to the early development of Aviation Psychology by recognizing exceptional accomplishment by a student in Aviation Psychology.   It is not widely known that Stan, as an undergraduate, majored in English. Because of that, or possibly despite it, he was devoted to both the written and the spoken word. Any student of Stan’s learned early that paragraphs were 100 words plus or minus ten. In advance of any scientific presentation, his students went through rigorous preparation in his office. Slides were to be sparse and presentations could not, under any circumstances, be read from prepared notes. The only concession to the nervous student fearing seizure in front of a first audience would be a few notes on the border of the slide. Stan would be delighted to know that Aviation Psychology, his primary scientific love, will reward its emerging scientists for presentation excellence in his name.

A panel of senior aviation psychologists will select an exceptional student paper presented at the symposium that best represents the blending of scientific and practical contribution that exemplified Stan Roscoe’s own work. Up to six finalists will be selected based on the paper submissions. The finalists will be notified in early April and are requested to present their work (either a spoken presentation or a poster) to the panel of judges on Tuesday, prior to the main program that commences on Wednesday.  A winner will be selected from among the finalists by the panel of judges. The winner will be announced during the Thursday Banquet.

All participants of the competition should register for the Symposium. All finalists will be awarded a small gift card. The winner will receive an additional prize of $250 and a waiver of registration fee for the next ISAP.


  • The student must be the primary author of the paper, either as a solo author or as first author
  • Each student may submit only one paper as first author for this competition. This does not preclude a student from being a co-author on a paper submitted by another student.
  • The student must be an active student at the time the work was submitted to the symposium
  • The student must present the paper either as a spoken presentation or a poster, and submit a paper for the Proceedings
  • At the time of the proposal submission, the student must
    • indicate that the proposal is a “Student Paper” to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award by checking the appropriate box
    • provide contact information of a senior researcher who supervises the research
    • confirm that the work is highly likely to be completed by the time of paper submission on March 1, 2019



Review Committee

Brian Simpson (Chair), Air Force Research Laboratory


For more information, contact:

Brian Simpson