GHC 19 Sessions for Students

We have plenty of sessions tailored specifically for undergraduate and graduate students. Check out our recommended GHC 19 Student sessions below!

Mentoring Circles

See our full list of topics for Mentoring Circles here.

CRA-W Sessions

Grad Student Sessions

Finding Your Dream Job with a Ph.D.
Speakers: Deb Agarwal, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Stefanie Mueller, MIT CSAIL; Raquel Romano, Threadloom
October 3, 9:45 — 10:45 a.m., OCCC W308D


Curious about the range of post-Ph.D. career options including academia and industry? Join us for a panel session with speakers who will give you a sense of the wide range of job options from working at a company to teaching. This session is aimed at late stage graduate students and post-docs. We’ll have practical advice on how to apply for jobs, interview, and negotiate.

I’m a Student Again: Heading to Graduate School After a Break
Speakers: Claudia Roberts, Princeton University; Anna Gommerstadt, Vassar College
October 2, 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m., OCCC W307D


Considering graduate school after some time working? Already back in school? This session will cover how to position yourself to apply to graduate school, the differences between professional masters and Ph.D. programs, and tips for being successful in graduate school. We’ll have plenty of time for questions, so bring yours.

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Balancing Work and Life in Grad School and Beyond
Speakers: James Mickens, Harvard University; Kristin Stephens-Martinez, Duke University
October 2, 1—2 p.m., OCCC W307D


Curious about the range of post-Ph.D. career options including academia and industry? Join us for a panel session with speakers who will give you a sense of the wide range of job options from working at a company to teaching. This session is aimed at late stage graduate students and post-docs. We’ll have practical advice on how to apply for jobs, interview and negotiate.

Sponsors & Mentors: Building Your Academic Professional Network
Speakers: Ming Lin, University of Maryland at College Park; Jaime Moreno, University of Maryland at College Park
October 2, 2:30—3:30 p.m., OCCC W307D


Effective networking is one of the most powerful tools in advancing your professional career. This skill can connect you to your community in meaningful ways, land you a dream job and help you score awards or promotions. Join us to learn how to present yourself and your ideas in a concise and appealing way, as well as how to deliberately build and nurture your professional network of sponsors and mentors.

NCWIT, ACM-W, and CRA-W Session

What Does Success Look Like? Learn How to Make Classrooms and Workplaces Inclusive and Welcoming
Speakers: Kim Vorrath; Jodi Tims; Lucy Sanders; Linda Wu; Katherine Lannen; Tracy Camp; Ed Lazowska
October 2, 1:45 — 2:15 p.m., OCCC W308D


We all want our classrooms and workplaces to be inclusive and welcoming. Come hear from corporate and academic leaders who have successfully created welcoming technical cultures within their organizations. Participants will also share their own experiences and successes, and ACM-W, CRA-W, and NCWIT will provide proven practical programs/resources that are available to assist your diversity goals.

Student Lounge

October 2, 11:30 a.m.— 5:30 p.m., OCCC W221C
October 3, 9 a.m. — 5:30 p.m., OCCC W221C
October 4, 9 a.m. — 2 p.m., OCCC W221C


The Student Lounge is a fun, interactive space where students can gather between sessions. The space will feature comfortable seating and student-focused amenities. The Student Lounge will be open throughout the conference for students to convene, mingle, and relax. They may stop by anytime they like.

ACM Award Winning Research

ACM Award Winning Research in Cybersecurity
October 3, 10:30—11:30 a.m., OCCC W307D

ACM Student Research Competition

ACM Student Research Competition – Semifinalist Presentations (Graduate)
October 3, 3:45—4:45 p.m., OCCC W307D

ACM Student Research Competition – Semifinalist Presentations (Undergraduate)
October 3, 2—3 p.m., OCCC W307D