Host an SRC

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:
1. You will help to give undergraduate students more venues in which to present their research.
2. The entire program helps to give more visibility to computer science research and, therefore, the community benefits.
3. The ACM SRC Program is funded so that this event does not have to put any further financial pressure on your conference.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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