ION Student Programs

ION sponsors numerous programs to help today's students become tomorrow's industry leaders. Here you will find information on many of ION's student programs.

Student Membership

ION student membership offers you all of the benefits of ION membership: a subscription to NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, a subscription to the ION Newsletter, access to ION's online database of over 9,000 technical papers, and discounts on ION publications. 

Plus, ION Student Memberships are priced at 45% off ION's professional membership rate--just $40 per year. 

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Student Registration Grants 

The ION offers a registration grant program that is designed to provide student authors the opportunity to prepare and present papers at the following meetings:

Download Student Registration Grant Rules and Application:

ION GNSS Student Award Program (ION GNSS+)

This award gives student authors an opportunity to attend and present their papers at ION GNSS -- the world's leading international GNSS conference.

Full-time undergraduate or graduate students in engineering, science, mathematics or other related fields are eligible. Groups of student authors are acceptable (no faculty co-authors), but only one student per paper will be sponsored to attend the conference as a winner. Selected students will present their technical paper in the professional session appropriate to the paper’s topic.

The sponsorship includes:

  • Travel sponsorship (includes a flat rate stipend based on the location of your school)
  • A complimentary conference registration that includes all conference meals and a copy of the CD-ROM proceedings.
  • Publication of the student's technical paper in the ION GNSS conference proceedings.
Additional information and a printable application form are available online.

Section-sponsored Graduate Student Award Program

For more information on this program, please visit the Section-sponsored Graduate Student Award Program page.

Student Registration Discounts

ION offers a discounted student rate registration fee for any full-time student to attend an ION conference. This fee allows full-time undergraduate or graduate students to participate in all ION technical sessions and conference exhibits. To be eligible, register online for the conference of your choice, then fax a copy of your student ID to +1-703-366-2724.

Parkinson Award

The annual Bradford W. Parkinson Award honors an outstanding graduate student in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The recipient must be a current member of the ION and must be completing a degree program with an emphasis in GNSS technology, applications, or policy. The Parkinson Award consists of a plaque and a $2,500 honorarium. Formal presentation of the Award takes place at the ION GNSS meeting in September.

Scholarships through Local Sections

Local ION sections sponsor annual scholarships and other activities to promote and encourage careers in navigation and engineering.

Alberta Section

Scholarship Program

Dayton Section

The Dayton, Ohio Section sponsors a Navigation Apprenticeship, which includes a mentoring program and annual scholarship of up to $2,500.

Southern California Section

Scholarship Program

For more information, contact an ION section near you.