IEEE Junior Conference


The IEEE Junior Engineering and Science Conference provides a unique opportunity for budding engineers and scientists to share their work during a special session of the larger IEEE Aerospace Conference.  Open to students in grades K through 12, the Junior Conference allows registered Juniors to present their own research before an audience of their peers, as well as adult engineers and scientists.  Afterward, Junior authors are expected to field questions from the audience on their work.  Presentations typically run from three to ten minutes, depending on grade level.


A fixture of the IEEE Aerospace Conference for over twenty-five years, The Junior Conference has helped hundreds of students develop crucial research and presentation skills in a supportive environment.  Many former Juniors have gone on to work in science and engineering fields, and some have even returned as senior authors.


Anyone interested in presenting at the Junior Conference should review all presentation guidelines, and follow submission deadlines. 


New This Year - Juniors must be registered as the “guest” of an adult conference attendee before submitting their abstracts and presentations.



The Junior Conference Committee thanks Cornell Technical Services for their continuing support of a scholarship for graduating seniors.

Ryan Green received the CTS Scholarship in 2016 after giving his fifth presentation.


Junior Conference Success Stories


Jessica Webster presented her first paper at the 2004 Junior Conference when she was in the 5th grade.  She continued presenting until she finished high school in 2011.  Jessica credits the experience with helping her develop friendships, get scholarships, and open up job opportunities. 


Jessica now works in business operations management for JPL’s Robotics and Mobility Systems Section.

Nicholas Terrile began presenting at the Junior Conference when he was 10, and gave a total of nine presentations.  His favorite presentation was “The Ethics of Intelligent Machines“.  Nicholas says the experience helped him develop public speaking skills, and provided material for college applications.  Nicholas is currently working on an advanced degree in Computer Science while working part-time at JPL in Machine Learning.