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Student Research Competition

Call for Papers - Due July 2, 2009

After its remarkable success in previous years, OOPSLA is again hosting an ACM SIGPLAN Student Research Competition. The competition, sponsored by Microsoft Research, is an internationally-recognised venue that enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world, share their research results with other students and OOPSLA attendees, and compete for prizes. The ACM SIGPLAN Student Research Competition shares the Poster session's goal to facilitate students' interaction with researchers and industry practitioners; providing both sides with the opportunity to learn of ongoing, current research. Additionally, the Student Research Competition affords students with experience with both formal presentations and evaluations.

Submission Summary
Due date:July 2, 2009
Notification date:
August 1, 2009
Format:ACM Proceedings format
Submit to:OOPSLA submission system
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (chair)


Students submit a proposal that follows the requirements for a Poster proposal. Submissions must be original work that is neither in submission nor already published at OOPSLA or another conference or journal. Student Research Competition submissions will be simultaneously considered for the Poster track. Students who are not selected to participate in the Student Research Competition will be considered for the Poster track. The submission should describe:

  • The research problem and motivation
  • Background and related work
  • Approach and uniqueness
  • Results and contributions

Submissions are reviewed by a panel of experts, and are evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Quality of work
  • Novelty of approach
  • Significance of contribution
  • Clarity of written presentation

A maximum of 20 students (10 undergraduates, 10 graduates) will be selected to participate in the Student Research Competition at OOPSLA 2009. Students whose submissions are accepted to participate in the competition are entitled to a stipend for their travel expenses, up to a maximum of $500.

At the conference, the first round of the competition evaluates the research during a poster presentation at OOPSLA. The poster presentation is evaluated based on two facets:

  • The presentation of the research, including the visual aspects of the poster and the student's oral discussion.
  • The research, specifically its quality, novelty, and the significance of the contribution.

Based on the results from the poster session, the judges will select students to advance to the second round of the competition.

During the second round of the competition, students give a 10-minute presentation of their research, followed by a five-minute question and answer period. The presentation is evaluated by a panel of judges, and the top three winners in each category are selected. The top three winners in each category will receive prizes of US$500, US$300, and US$200, respectively.

After the conference, the winners from each category will advance to the ACM Grand Finals of the Student Research Competition, where all SIG conference contest winners are evaluated.


The top three winners at OOPSLA 2009 in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will receive prizes of US$500, US$300, and US$200, respectively. All winners also receive an award certificate and two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM's Digital Library. Winners will be recognized during the conference. These winners will also go on to compete in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals with winners from other ACM conferences.

Competition requirements

Participants must be undergraduates or graduate 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. Participants must provide a signed letter from their academic supervisor confirming that they are registered as a full-time student and that at least 50% of their working week is spent following an academic course of study. Additionally, participants must be current members of the ACM, and must provide their ACM member number.

Although the ACM and OOPSLA recognize the importance of collaborative research, the Student Research Competition is meant to be an opportunity for junior students to develop their skills as researchers and to give them an opportunity to showcase their work. One of the goals of the program is to focus on the student, their capabilities as a researcher, and their potential. As such, only individual research projects will be considered for the Student Research Competition. Supervisors of the work may not be listed as co-authors; you must submit a single-authored version of your work for the competition

For More Information

For additional information, clarifications, or answers to questions, please contact the OOPSLA Student Research Competition Chair, Robb Powell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Moreover, there is ample information on the Student Research Competition on ACM's web-site.

Student Research Competition Committee

  • Robb Powell, Sage Tree, LLC, USA
  • Ademola Adejokun, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, USA
  • Eugene Wallingford, University of Northern Iowa, USA
  • James Heliotis, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
  • Manuel Fahndrich, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Ed Gehringer, NC State University, USA


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