Hutchins Grant Eligibility Requirements

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.

Ready to apply?

Applications and all required materials due April 24, 2020.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for the Charles Hutchins Educational Grant, you must be:
  • a full-time graduate-level student actively pursuing a degree
  • working on thesis research in electronics assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field
  • a current student member of the SMTA. Become a student member now for just $20!
  • attending a school in North America with anticipated graduation date of April 2021 or later
  • What do I need to apply?

  • Completed Application - Your application must be accurate and all fields complete.
  • Academic Credentials:
           • Official copy of your graduate transcripts (may take up to 1 month)
           • Copy of your undergraduate transcripts
           • Current resume including publication record
  • Letter of Recommendation - Provide a letter of recommendation from your advisor.
  • How will my application be assessed?

    The Hutchins Grant Committee will evaluate:
  • Significance of Work - Your project abstract must demonstrate the technical significance of your work related to electronics assembly or packaging.
  • Research Project Objectives and Methodology - The clarity with which you define the objectives and methodology in your abstract.
  • Qualifications of Applicant - Applicant's qualifications based on Advisor's Letter of Recommendation, resume, and publication record.
  • What do I get if I'm selected?

  • Paid flight, hotel, and conference registration for SMTA International in September!
  • Recognition in the quarterly Journal of Surface Mount Technology
  • A personalized plaque commemorating the award
  • An incredible opportunity to meet and learn from professionals in the electronics assembly industry
  • Industry recognition for you, your work, and your university
  • A major award reference on your CV!

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  • Questions?

    Tamara Shephard, Grant Coordinator | 952.920.7682 |

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