ASC Best Student Paper Contest


The Organizing Committee is arranging the Applied Superconductivity Conference Best Student Paper Contest.

In addition to the regular abstract, eligible contestants are required to submit a 2-page extended abstract for review by the Contest Committee who will select finalists. Finalists will then be asked to present in a Student Paper Contest Oral Session. Winners will be presented with a monetary award.

The ASC 2020 Best Student Paper Prize Winners are as follows:

Electronics Large Scale Materials
1st Prize: Yuto Takeshita 1st Prize: Andrea Zappatore 1st Prize: Jose Ferradas Troitino
2nd Prize: Jason Allmaras 2nd Prize: Arooj Akbar & Enrico Felcini 2nd Prize: Andrea Alimenti
3rd Prize: Huayong Jia 3rd Prize: Artur Romanov
Alexander Shikov Prize Winner:  Artur Romanov
Victor Keilin Memorial Prize (Large Scale): Lorenzo Bortot
Victor Keilin Memorial Prize (Materials): Jose Ferradas Troitino


Qualifications & Eligibility

  • For the purpose of the entering the ASC contest, a student is considered to be an individual who has been a full-time student of an accredited college or university during the time the work was performed.

    Example: students in the United States college must be enrolled for a minimum of nine (9) credit hours per term as a graduate student or twelve (12) credit hours per term as an undergraduate.

  • There is no age limit.
  • Ph.D. students are eligible.
  • Post-doctoral researchers are not considered students and are not eligible.
  • A letter will be required from the student’s primary advisor indicating that the work presented in the paper was done primarily by the student contestant and performed while he/she was a student. This letter should also state that the contributions by other co-authors are secondary.
  • The submitting student must be the first author.
  • The submitting student must be the presenter at the designated session.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted.

Interested students are asked to proceed as follows:

  • Prepare your 2-page Extended Abstract as instructed in the Extended Abstract Template.
  • Obtain a letter from your primary advisor.
  • Submit your abstract to the ASC 2020 abstract submission site by the submission deadline (December 17, 2019). During abstract submission, indicate that you wish to participate in the Student Paper Contest.
  • Submit your 2-page Extended Abstract AND your advisor’s letter along with your abstract by December 17, 2019. Extended abstracts will NOT be accepted without your advisor’s letter.

Selection Process

The extended abstracts in each of the three areas (Large Scale, Materials, and Electronics) will be evaluated by three panels of judges who are experts in the respective areas. It is expected that the evaluation process is completed by the end of May. Up to six submissions will be selected as finalists in each category. The finalists will be required to make an oral presentation at a Student Competition session. Each finalist will be given 15 minutes for making his/her presentations and 5 minutes to answer questions from the panel and the audience. The panel of judges will evaluate each finalist using (a) the submitted extended abstract, (b) the oral presentation at the Student Competition session, and (c) answers to questions following the oral presentations.

Virtual Presentation

Finalists are asked to prepare their 20-minute presentation slot for the Student Competition session which takes place on Monday, October 26, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. EDT. The duration of your talk should be no more than 15 minutes. Following the talk, 5 minutes will be allocated to answer questions from the panel of judges and the audience. The panel of judges will continue to evaluate each finalist during the Student Competition session.

Detailed oral presentation guidelines and instructions will be made available shortly. All presentations must be uploaded/completed by October 15, 2020.


Up to three prizes will be awarded in each category. The first, second, and the third prizes in each of the three categories will include a $750, $500, and $250 monetary award. Support by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity allows these awards to be presented even under the present circumstance of the virtual conference. In addition, special $500 memorial awards were established: Alexander Shikov award for best paper in the “LTS and HTS Conductors” category, sponsored by JSC “TVEL” and A. A. Bochvar High – Technology Research Institute of Inorganic Materials (JSC VNIINM), and two Victor Keilin awards for innovations in magnet science and technology, and for development of superconducting materials for large-scale applications, sponsored by Friends of Victor Keilin. All awardees will be presented with an inscribed certificate.

Awards will be presented virtually during the conference. The time of the awards presentations will be determined at a later date.

The ASC 2018 Best Student Paper Prize Winners are as follows:

Electronics Large Scale Materials
1st Prize: Steffen Doerner 1st Prize: Daniel Chavez 1st Prize: Fedrica Pierro
2nd Prize: Alessandro Miano 2nd Prize: Kabindra Bhattarai  2nd Prize: Andrea Alimenti
3rd Prize: Taiki Yamae 3rd Prize: Yu Suetomi 3rd Prize: PengBo Zhou
Alexander Shikov Prize Winner:  Jan Srpčič
Victor Keilin Memorial Prize (Large Scale): Kabindra Bhattarai
Victor Keilin Memorial Prize (Materials): Federica Pierro


The ASC 2016 Best Student Paper Prize Winners are as follows:

Electronics   Large Scale   Materials
1st Prize: Shirin Montazeeri   1st Prize: Peng Chen   1st Prize: Charlie Sanabria and Christopher Segal
2nd Prize: Ethan Cho   2nd Prize: Peter Cheetham   3rd Prize: Mayaluna Lao
3rd Prize: Haruka Muramatsu   3rd Prize: Lei Wang    
Alexander Shikov Prize Winner:  Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh
Victor Keilin Memorial Prize (Materials):  Christoper Segal and Charlie Sanabria 
Victor Keilin Memorial Prize (Large Scale):  Peter Cheetham

The ASC 2014 Best Student Paper Prize Winners are as follows:

Electronics Large Scale Materials
1st Prize: Riccardo Arpaia
2nd Prize:
Mohd Mawardi Saari
3rd Prize:
Nathan Gemmell
1st Prize: Emmanuele Ravaioli
2nd Prize: Charlie Sanabria
3rd Prize: Jiayin Ling
1st Prize: Christopher Segal
2nd Prize: Maxime Matras
3rd Prize: Golsa Naderi
Alexander Shikov Prize Winner: Maxime Matras