The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC)
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research before a panel of judges and attendees at well-known ACM-sponsored and co-sponsored conferences.
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About SRC Awards
There are many tangible and intangible rewards of participating in one of ACM’s Student Research Competitions - Awards, Prestige, Visibility, and Experience
About the SRC Grand Finalists
First place undergraduate and graduate(Masters or PhD program) student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of judges evaluates these winners against each other, and the SRC Grand Finals winners are invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they receive formal recognition.
Participate in an SRC Contest
Gain many tangible and intangible rewards from participating in an SRC Contest, from cash prizes to opportunities to meet with researchers and make connections in your field. Presenting before panels of experts and competing with your peers, you'll hone your communications and presentation skills. [Also read the information For Student Participants.]
About the SRC Winners
Evaluated on their knowledge of their research area, contribution of the research, and the quality of the oral and visual presentation before a panel of judges. Three winners are chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate (Masters or PhD program), receiving $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
About SRC Competitions
Submit your work and advance to the SRC Grand Finals -- from Poster Sessions, in-person presentation Semi-finals, and compete with your first-place peers in the final round. You will be evaluated on your knowledge of your research area, contribution of your research, and the quality of your oral and visual presentation by panels of experts in each field of research.
Why you should host an SRC at your SIG Conference
Increase visibility for your Conference and add a venue for young researchers to sharpen their communication, visual, organizational, and presentation skills, meet with researchers in their field of interest and make important connections.
How Sharing My Ideas Helped Me
“The ACM SRC was an incredible opportunity for me to present my research to a wide audience of experts. I received invaluable, supportive feedback about my research and presentation style, and I am sure that the lessons I learned from the experience will stay with me for the rest of my career as a researcher. Participating in the SRC has also made me feel much more comfortable speaking to other researchers in my field, both about my work as well as projects I am not involved in. I would strongly recommend students interested in research to apply to an ACM SRC—there’s really no reason not to!. ”
—Justin Lubin, University of Chicago