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Student Research Competition

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Student Research Competition Quick Facts

  • Submission deadline: January 9, 2012 PCS Submission System
  • Notification: February 10, 2012
  • Camera-ready deadline: February 17, 2012
  • Submission format: Camera-ready non-anonymized 6 page extended abstract in Extended Abstract Format, poster, and proof of student status
  • Selection process: Juried
  • At the conference, each student will give a poster presentation. Based on the juried poster session, a group of students will advance to the next round and be invited to give a short talk. Information for Poster Presenters for poster requirements.
  • Archives: Extended abstracts; DVD and ACM Digital Library

Message from the Student Research Competition Chairs

The Student Research Competition (SRC) is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes at CHI 2012. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the CHI SRC competition is a branch of the ACM Student Research Competition which hosts similar competitions at other ACM conferences.

The Student Research Competition has the following goals:

  • to give undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to share their research ideas and results at CHI in a special forum that provides visibility for their work
  • to give students the opportunity to meet with and interact with CHI attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible practical applications
  • to give students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills, including visual, organizational, oral, and aural modalities
  • to provide detailed feedback to students about their research and presentation, from a panel of distinguished judges from industry and academia
  • to recognize and reward outstanding student research

Each competition entry must be authored by one student only - neither supervisors or other students are allowed as co-authors.

For work accepted to the CHI 2012 Student Research Competition, a travel grant of up to US $500 will be awarded to help cover travel expenses to the conference. While the student must be an ACM member to qualify for travel funding and awards, she/he does not need to be one to submit to the competition.

The top three winners at CHI 2012 in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will receive prizes of US $500, US $300, and US $200, respectively. All winners will receive an award plaque and two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM's Digital Library. Winners will be recognized during the closing plenary session of the CHI 2012 conference. These winners will also go on to compete in the ACM grand finals with winners from other ACM conferences.

Anne Aula, Google
Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University

What is a Student Research Competition?

A submission to the Student Research Competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research in any of the topic areas covered by CHI. Even if the research was completed under the supervision of a supervisor, the submission must be authored by the student alone (no co-authors - even other students - are allowed). Submissions should be original work that is neither in submission nor already published in CHI or another conference or journal.

The Student Research Competition is a Juried track for CHI 2012. Juried content is reviewed by a jury of experts that will evaluate the work based on its overall quality, originality, and relevance to the CHI community. While not considered archival, juried content will be archived in the ACM Digital Library. Publishing in the Student Research Competition will not constrain future submissions: Your abstract and poster are not considered to be a prior publication of the work for the purposes of a future CHI Paper or CHI Note or for a journal publication.

Participants must be students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. The contest has two categories, one for undergraduate research and the other for graduate research. Three winners will be selected in each category. Research completed while the student was an undergraduate may be submitted to the undergraduate category even if the student is now a first-year graduate student.

Submissions not accepted for the Student Research Competition may be asked to be part of the Works-in-Progress track.

Preparing and Submitting your Student Research Competition Paper

Students should submit a camera-ready non-anonymized paper (6 pages maximum) written in the Extended Abstract Format along with a poster. Submissions not meeting the page limit or formatting requirements will be automatically disqualified. The student competing in the research competition must be the primary contributor of the work. Supervisors or other students may not be co-authors of the paper.

Papers should describe:

  • The research problem and motivation for the work
  • Background and related work
  • Research approach
  • Novelty of the research
  • Results and contributions to the field of HCI

How to Submit to the Competition

  • Submit to the Student Research Competition category of CHI 2012 via the PCS Submission System
  • The work (extended abstract and poster) should be submitted as PDF files no larger than 4 megabytes. Your poster design should be reduced to one standard letter page in size and submitted in PDF format.
  • You must submit proof of student status by sending a note signed by your academic supervisor verifying all of the following information:
    • your university
    • whether you were a graduate or undergraduate when the work was done
    • proof confirming that you are currently registered in an academic program full-time
  • All materials must be received by the submission deadline

Student Research Competition Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts, and evaluated based on:

  • Quality of work
  • Novelty of approach
  • Significance of the contribution to the field of HCI
  • Clarity of written presentation
  • Visual presentation (poster)

Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, with the exception of title and author information which will be published on the website prior to the conference.

Up to twenty-five students in total will be chosen to participate in the competition at CHI 2012.

Upon Acceptance of Your SRC Abstract

A travel grant covering expenses for travel to CHI, including conference registration, transportation, lodging, and meals, up to a limit of US $500 will be provided to each student whose submission was accepted to the Student Research Competition. Students must be members of ACM to qualify for these awards.

At the Conference

The first round of the competition evaluates the research during a poster presentation at CHI. The presentation will be evaluated on two dimensions, given equal weight: (1) the presentation of the research, including visual aspects of the poster and the student's oral discussion, and (2) the research, specifically its quality, novelty, and significance of the contribution.

The poster must meet the size requirements for CHI posters. Please see the Information for Poster Presenters.

Based on the results from the poster session, the judges will select students to advance to the second round. During the second round, students will have the opportunity to give a short presentation of their research (10 minutes) followed by a question and answer period (5 minutes), which will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced during the closing plenary.

Competition Judges

  [To Be Announced]

After the Conference

The winners from each category will advance to ACM Grand Finals of the Student Research Competition where the winners of several ACM conferences compete for more prizes and recognition.

Accepted Student Research Competition Papers will be distributed in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts DVD. They will also be placed in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.

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