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SSPC 2018 Abstracts, Scholarship Apps Due

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Two important deadlines are nearing for members of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, as abstracts for consideration for the SSPC 2018 conference and applications for this year’s SSPC scholarships are both due soon.

Call for Abstracts

SSPC 2018 featuring Greencoat will be held in New Orleans, and SSPC is seeking papers to add to its technical program for the conference.

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The deadline for abstracts for SSPC 2018 featuring Greencoat, to be held next January in New Orleans, is May 1.

The technical program, the association says, will involve thought-provoking discussions and solutions to current challenges faced by coatings professionals, including traditional surface preparation, application, coating failures, health and safety, and other coatings-related topics.

Abstract Criteria

Presentations will be considered by SSPC’s Education Program Advisory Committee, based on four criteria:

  • Originality
  • Quality of the abstract (clearly defined outcomes, smooth flow)
  • Relevance/significance to the industry
  • Objectives

If an abstract is selected, the presenter must write a formal paper of five to 10 pages for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Papers should not give the appearance of a sales presentation.

After the May 1 abstract due date, the committee will evaluate submissions, and notifications of acceptance will be issued June 1. First drafts will be due Aug. 1, with final drafts due Oct. 1, and PowerPoint presentations due Nov. 1.

Conference Details

SSPC 2018 featuring Greencoat will take place Jan. 15-18 at the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans. Presenters must register to attend; they will be given free registration for the day of their presentation, and a discount for full conference registration.

For more information and to submit an abstract, click here.

Scholarship Applications

SSPC is also once again accepting applications for its annual scholarships, for students attending universities in the U.S. or Canada.

The SSPC scholarship program awards monetary gifts to be used to cover the costs of courses for a current SSPC member or the child of a current SSPC member. In order to be eligible, a student must be enrolled in a three- or four-year program at an accredited higher-learning institution. This includes high school seniors who will be enrolled in the fall.

To apply, students must simply fill out SSPC’s online application, include two letters of recommendation, current transcripts, a personal letter explaining why they deserve the scholarship, and what they plan to do in their field of study. Applications are due Sunday, April 30.

Scholarship recipients are chosen by a panel of three SSPC board members.

Any questions can be directed to Christine Lajzo: 412-281-2331 x2231 or lajzo@sspc.org.


Tagged categories: Calls for papers; Coatings education; Colleges and Universities; Conferences; Education; Scholarships; SSPC

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