Students can benefit from discounted rooms, discounted registration fees, and be recognized for their outstanding achievements of student research by competing for the Jerome B. Cohen Student Award or the Robert L. Snyder Student Travel Award.


Honoring Professor Jerome B. Cohen (1932–1999).

Known for his legendary contributions to Northwestern University, Jerry Cohen spent the majority of his career pursuing his true passion – teaching students. He served as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He helped initiate the development of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory Synchrotron Radiation Research Facility, and solicited major funding to develop one of its leading experimental research stations. Jerry held several patents, including one for a rapid portable X-ray device for measuring residual stresses in structural metals in the field. He was the author of more than 300 publications and four books. His book “Residual Stress: Measurement by Diffraction and Interpretation,” co-authored by Cev Noyan, is still the classic, fundamental textbook in the field.


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Honoring Professor Robert L. Snyder (1941-2011).

An outstanding educator and researcher, Bob was Professor Emeritus of Ceramic Science at Alfred University, Chairman of Material Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University and co-chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was chairman of both the ICDD and the Denver X-ray Conference, traveled extensively and interacted with scientists from around the world. His research focused on the characterization of advanced materials by X-ray diffraction, especially advanced ceramics and nanomaterials. Bob presented over 1,000 talks, authored numerous publications and textbooks, and was known as an international ambassador of material science and characterization. He was known for his passion for science and life. Bob served as ICDD Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2000.


See last year's recipients


There are a limited number of discounted hotel rooms at the Huntley Lodge being offered to students. Student room assignments will be scheduled up until 25 June 2013, subject to availability. Assignments will be made on a first come – first serve basis. Student rooms are shared - each room will be equipped with two or three queen beds to accommodate two or three persons. The discounted room rates are as follows:

Two students (two queen beds):   $109/day - $54.50 per person (plus tax)
Three students (three queen beds):         $142/day - $47.33 per person (plus tax)

Discounted rates are available from Friday, 25 July - Saturday, August 2.  Please complete a Student Room Authorization Form to apply.


In pursuing its dynamic commitment to the education of the scientific community, the International Centre for Diffraction Data is offering limited travel support to help students attend the 2014 Denver X-ray Conference, being held in Big Sky, Montana, 28 July - 1 August 2014.

Grants are awarded in the amount of $500 for undergraduate or graduate students living within the USA, and $1,000 for those living outside of the USA. Students are required to participate in the technical program by submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. Recipients also receive free registration to attend the DXC.

Please complete a Robert L. Snyder Student Travel Award Application to apply. Submit the completed application form, a copy of your abstract and a supporting letter from your research advisor.

Submit Application To:
Robert L. Snyder Student Travel Award
International Centre for Diffraction Data
12 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3273
Fax: (610) 325-9823


This award was instituted in the name of Professor Jerome B. Cohen, one of the leaders in the field of X-ray analysis, and in the training of students in this art. The award is intended to recognize the outstanding achievements of student research in this field. All students, graduate or undergraduate, who are working in the field of X-ray analysis, can submit a technical paper describing their work. The winner will be selected by a committee of researchers in the field, and notified one week before the conference. The award for the year 2014 will be in the amount of $1,000. The following criteria applies:

  • The research must be original, of high quality, and must be primarily the work of the student.
  • Papers submitted to the Cohen Award must be presented at the conference in either oral or poster session. Thus, all first-author students must submit an abstract and also attend the conference.
  • The winner must be able to attend the Plenary session of the conference on Wednesday morning for the announcement of the award.
  • Papers must be submitted along with a Cohen Student Award Certification Form.
  • Please follow the same format guidelines as manuscripts submitted for the conference proceedings, Advances in X-ray Analysis. The Guidelines for the Preparation of Manuscripts are available online. Students competing for the award are required to submit their manuscript to Advances in X-ray Analysis, and include a signed Publishing Agreement, also available online.
  • Papers must be submitted electronically, as an e-mail attachment, created as either a Microsoft®Word (Word 2003 – 2013) document or as a PDF file (Portable Document File). Please e-mail the file to If you do not receive confirmation that the manuscript was received within one week of your submission, contact the ICDD Conference Services Department by email or phone:; 610-325-9814.  


Best Student Poster Award

New for 2014! A “Best Student Poster” award will be given at the Monday and Tuesday evening XRD & XRF poster sessions. Winners will have their names announced at the end of each poster session, and will have the opportunity to display their poster for the remainder of the conference. An Award Certificate will be mailed post-conference to each author listed on the poster.

Please note: To qualify, the work should be primarily of the student and must be presented by the student. This information should have been noted at the time the abstract was submitted. If you did not specify that your poster was a student poster at the time of submission, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Denise Zulli, at; 610-325-9814.


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