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Microsoft Research is supporting Student Research Competition.

Student Research Competition

The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) is an event open to undergraduate and graduate students. At the conference the authors will present their poster to a panel of experts and those who qualify to the next round will present their to the conference audience. All the works will be published at the conference proceedings and the best presentations will receive a prize. The SRC is a fantastic opportunity to be introduced to the community and establish networks with fellow scientists.


  • Participants must be currently enrolled (at the time of submission) in a university or college and have active ACM student membership. If you are not a member yet you can join the ACM by paying a US$ 19 fee per year.
  • Only individual research is accepted: group research projects will not be considered. However, if an individual is part of a group research project and wants to participate in an SRC, they can only present their part of the research. Only they will receive the travel stipend and monetary award (should they win).
  • Students may only participate in one SRC per program year (July 1-June 30). Students that have applied to an SRC, but have not been accepted, may respond to other SRC calls for participation during the program year.
  • Work accepted as a full paper for one of the technical sessions of the conference cannot also be considered for the Student Research Competition. Students having a technical paper, however, are encouraged to submit separate work to the Student Research Competition.
  • The same topic of work cannot be presented at more than one of the conference venues (SRC, DC, or as a regular technical paper)


For whom? The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) is an event open to undergraduate and graduate students.

What needs to be submitted? Students wishing to participate submit abstracts of their work. Qualifying research must deal with topics that are relevant to the mission of the ASSETS series, as described by the call-for-papers. Preference will be given to work that has been completed (or close to completion). Submissions should be formatted using the ACM conference format for letter paper size (8.5" by 11"): maximum of 2 pages long and submitted as a PDF. Successful entries will be published in the ASSETS 2015 proceedings and the ACM Digital Library.

Is there any support? Students selected to participate in the SRC will receive partial support from ACM to attend the conference. ACM's SRC program covers expenses up to US$500 for all students invited to an SRC.

Participating in the SRC

At the conference, there will be two rounds of competition:

First Round Competition

Participants will display a poster and make a brief presentation to a panel of judges. After the judges have reviewed the posters and discussed the research with each participant, a group of semi-finalists for each category (undergraduate and graduate) will be selected to present at the second round of the competition.

Second Round Competition

Semi-finalists will then give an oral presentation on their work as part of a main conference session. A panel of judges will evaluate their knowledge of the research area, their contribution to the field, and the quality of the presentation.

Three winners will be chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate, receiving their medals (gold, silver, and bronze) and a monetary prize of $500, $300, and $200, respectively. First place winners will be designated as finalists and will also advance to the SRC Grand Finals.

Note: Upon request, American Sign Language interpreters will be provided for participants in the SRC, both during the competition itself and for the remainder of the ASSETS conference. Requests for an interpreter must be indicated on the conference registration form when registering for ASSETS.

Advancing to the SRC Grand Finals

First place undergraduate and graduate student winners from the ACM SRCs held throughout the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A panel of judges will evaluate the entries through an on-line competition. From this competition, three undergraduate and three graduate students from all ACM conferences will be designated the SRC Grand Finals winners. They are invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they receive formal recognition.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 25 June 2015, Thursday, midnight HAST (GMT-10.00)
  • Notification of acceptance (student research competition): 23 July 2015, Thursday

How to Submit

Please submit abstracts via the student research competition submission site.

Panel of Reviewers

Luis Carriço, University of Lisbon (Portugal)

Alistair Edwards, University of York (UK)

Jinjuan Heidi Feng, Towson University (USA)

David Flatla, University of Dundee (UK)

Daniel Gonçalves, University of Lisbon (Portugal)

Faustina Hwang, University of Reading (UK)

Ornella Mich, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)

Maria Wolters, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Further Information

For further information or any questions regarding the student research competition, please contact the SRC Chairs.

Further details about ACM Student Research Competitions and the Grand Finals are available at ACM Student Research Competition Page.