They say everything is bigger in Texas. Even the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in Houston, Texas, organized by USRA's Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), is the largest and most prestigious planetary science meeting in the world. International specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astonomy converge at the LPSC to present the latest results of research in planetary science. The 2011 meeting set new records for the number of abstracts submitted (1841) and total participants (nearly 1800). Additionally the meeting included scientists from 35 countries and had a very high percentage of participating students (29%). Through the LPI's Career Development Award program, travel support was provided for 15 students from the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Austria, India, and Canada.