Student Application

The Charles Hutchins Educational Grant - $5000

The SMTA is accepting applications for the Charles Hutchins Educational Grant. This $5000 grant, given in memory of Charles Hutchins, past president of the SMTA, educator, mentor, and distinguished industry colleague, was established in 1998 to encourage graduate students to pursue careers in the electronics industry, by developing closer ties between student research and the needs of the electronics industry.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your thesis research for consideration for the Charles Hutchins Educational Grant. The Grant Committee appreciates the opportunity to review your work.

The $5000 Hutchins grant, co-sponsored by SMTA and Circuits Assembly magazine, has been awarded annually since 1998 to a graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronic assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field. The grant is intended for the purchase of technical books and research materials, for participation in conferences related to electronics assembly and packaging, and for living expenses if necessary.

Applicants must hold a current student membership in the SMTA. Click here to become a member now for just $5!

The Grant Committee reviews all qualified applications and makes their recommendation to the SMTA Board of Directors. The grant will be awarded at the SMTA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the SMTA International Conference and Electronics Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, October 14-18, 2012.


The 2012 Application Deadline has passed. Next year's Application Form and Eligibility Requirements will be available early in 2013!

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In reviewing applications which meet eligibility requirements, the Grant Committee evaluates the following specific criteria:

  • Application
    Applicant's accurate and complete application.
  • Academic Credentials
    Applicant's graduate and undergraduate transcripts, publication record, and resume.
  • Significance of Work
    The technical significance of applicant's work in packaging and assembly electronics.
  • Research Project Objectives and Methodology
    The clarity with which applicant defines the objectives and methodology in his/her abstract.
  • Qualifications of Applicant
    Applicant's qualifications based on Advisor's Letter of Recommendation, resume, and publication record.


  • The Charles Hutchins Educational Award includes:

  • Presentation of the $5000 grant to the 2012 recipient at the SMTA International Conference and Electronics Exhibition scheduled October 14-18, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. The award recipient will be asked to prepare a poster of the thesis project for the Conference Poster Session.
  • Paid travel expenses and hotel accommodations
  • A complimentary pass to the SMTAI Conference technical sessions & the Electronics Exhibition
  • Feature articles in Circuits Assembly Magazine and the Journal of Surface Mount Technology
  • A personalized award plaque