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How the Student Research Competition Will Work

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 research to the conference audience. All accepted SRC submissions will be published in 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.


"The ACM SRC was a great opportunity to meet people from across the ASSETS community, as you are able to talk in small groups or one-on-one with many people about your research. I received a lot of great feedback about my project, and really honed the elevator pitch for my current research. Once I moved to the semi-finals, I quickly prepared a talk that was a lot of fun to give at the conference, partially because I had a great Halloween costume to go with it!"
—Cole Gleason, Carnegie Mellon University, SRC graduate student participant in 2017.
“My trip to ASSETS 2017 was a rewarding experience. When presenting my project poster, ASSETS community members approached me with real interest in my work, and I made quite a few connections. After reaching the semi-finals of the SRC, I found the presentation to be a wonderful opportunity to share my research and practice my speech giving ability (this was my first conference presentation!). Overall, ASSETS was welcoming and enriching, and I recommend that all students with applicable projects submit work.”
—Lucas Rosenblatt, Brown University, SRC undergraduate participant in 2017.



For whom?

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

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.

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).

SRC submissions should be a maximum of 2 pages long and submitted as a PDF.

New for 2018, references do not count toward page limits.

Submissions should use templates that can be found in the Submission Templates page.

Successful entries will be published in the ASSETS 2018 proceedings and the ACM Digital Library. Submissions (in PDF format) should be submitted by the deadline (Monday, June 18, 2018, 5 p.m. PDT). It is important to note that these are NOT double blind submissions; the authors' names should be on the paper.

Your PDF file must be accessible. Please refer to the instructions on Creating an Accessible ACM Conference Paper for information on how to accomplish this. If you cannot create an accessible PDF at submission time then you will be given the option to upload either an accessible HTML or Microsoft Word version of your paper in addition to your PDF to facilitate review. If your paper is accepted, the final version will need to be transformed into an accessible PDF document.

Writing Guidelines are available to help authors choose appropriate language for writing about technology and people with disabilities. Finally, please refer to the ACM policy on plagiarism for guidance.


Mentorship is available for anyone looking to submit to the SRC. If you are interested, please see the Call for Mentors page for details on how to request a mentor.

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 online 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

How to submit

Please use the system for submissions.

Panel of Reviewers

Panel of Judges

Poster Presentation

Poster boards (size to be announced) will be provided for all presenters of posters. Please direct any special requests to Student Research Competition Chairs - Hernisa Kacorri and Kotaro Hara at

Further Information

For further information or any questions regarding student research competition submissions, please contact the Student Research Competition Chairs - Hernisa Kacorri and Kotaro Hara at

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