ACM Student Research Competition

Subject Matter

Research and Development from all areas of computer science qualifies.

To Qualify

Students must be ACM student members in order to qualify for awards or travel grants.


The ACM Student Research Competition that will be held at the 2007 SIGCSE conference will consist of two categories, graduate and undergraduate, with prizes awarded based on judging during the conference.

Judges will include professional computer scientists attending the conference activities. Students' research will be evaluated on the quality and significance of the work, and the quality and clarity of both an oral and visual presentation.

The first round of the competition evaluates the research during a poster presentation. Those students who are selected by the judges to advance to the second round will continue in the competition by giving a formal, short, conference presentation of their research. The top three winners in the undergraduate and graduate category as determined by the judges' evaluation of the conference presentations will receive the prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively. These winners will advance to a final student research contest round where all SIG conference contest winners are evaluated to determine one overall student research contest winner. Only individual research may be submitted.

No more than three research projects will be accepted from a single department and no more than two of those can be in a single category. Departments are determined by the location of the research advisor. Submissions for the research competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing computer science research conducted primarily by students.

What to Submit

Research projects from all areas of computer science are acceptable. The author submitting the abstract must still be a student at the time the abstract is due. Each submission should include the author's name, affiliation, postal address, and email address; research advisor's name; ACM student member number; category (undergraduate or graduate); research title; and an extended abstract (maximum 2 pages or 800 words) containing the following sections:

Include a separate paragraph (maximum of 100 words) for publication in the conference proceedings that serves as a succinct description of the project.

Submit a plain ASCII-text electronic copy of the extended abstract by September 25, 2006 to:

Dr. Ann Sobel, sobelae AT muohio DOT edu
Please note, the deadline for submissions has been extended to October 10, 2006.

Travel grants of up to $500 may be available for students who do not have another source of funding and are ACM student members.