Why Host an ACM Student
Research Competition at your Special Interest Group (SIG) Conference?
A message from Dr. Laurie Ann Williams, ACM Student
Research Competition Chair
Dear SIG Officers and/or Conference Organizers,
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) previously was a single
venue event; it was traditionally hosted at the ACM SIGCSE (Computer
Science Education) Conference. The SRC is unique in that it incorporates
both undergraduate and graduate student research presentations!
As a result of securing sponsorship from Microsoft Research for
the ACM SRC, we are now able to expand this program by hosting
several additional SRC’s (in addition to the one hosted
at the SIGCSE Conference) at selected SIG Conferences.
Five reasons why your SIG Conference should host an SRC:
||You will help to give undergraduate
students more venues in which to present their research.
||The entire program helps to give more
visibility to computer science research and, therefore, the
||The ACM SRC Program is funded so that
this event does not have to put any further financial pressure
on your conference.
||Your Conference’s visibility
will be increased as this event will be promoted on ACM’s
newly designed SRC website, and the winners of the Grand Finals
(i.e., those who are selected from the winning students of
the SIG Conference hosted SRC’s) are honored at the
Annual ACM Awards Banquet.
||You can benefit from the already existing
SRC infrastructure – the SRC becomes a “plug-in”
to your conference.
Why was it important to expand this program?
More Student Research is Encouraged: Partnering with interested
SIG Conferences permits us to encourage more undergraduate and graduate
student research to be developed on more subjects. As this program
evolves over the years, it would be my intention to sponsor as many
subject-based SIG Conference-hosted SRCs as possible. And, increasing
visibility of computing research and advancing the arts and sciences
of computer science is ACM’s precise mission. In addition,
there are few venues for undergraduates to present their research
and the expanded SRCs will encourage this population of students.
Many SIG Conferences offer research competitions of their own, and
I have been working with interested SIG Leaders to make the SRC
an ACM-wide event, raising its visibility by bringing the winners
of the Grand Finals of all of the SIG Conference SRCs to the Annual
ACM Awards Banquet and recognizing them, along with their advisors,
at the same time ACM’s most prestigious awards are presented.
This, then, gives visibility to both the SRC and to the SIG Conference
that has hosted it. I have been working with SIG Conference leaders
that already host research competitions and have found ways to integrate
the SRC Program successfully.
For more information on serving as an SRC chair at your conference,
please see the The
SRC Chair’s Manual
To SRC host conferences and chairs, see the see
calls for submission page.