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GHC General Poster Session and the ACM Student Research Competition

The goal of the poster session is to provide an opportunity for an informal discussion of one’s research with conference attendees. It is an excellent way to convey ideas and results not yet developed into a full paper. GHC does not hold copyright on papers in our proceedings. You can submit work that has already been accepted at other conference venues.

Submission Overview: Your submission consists of two main components: an extended abstract and a summary paragraph. The extended abstract of up to 2 pages (approximately 800 words) describes the content of your poster, including the problem being solved, its significance, the approach adopted, and key results. References do not count as part of the 2 page maximum. Your uploaded file must be in one of the following formats: PDF, ASCII text, or MS Word, in a double column. We recommend that you use one of the following templates as a reference,  Latex Template or GHC Poster Template, and submit your file in PDF. The summary paragraph (maximum of 70 words) serves as a succinct description of the project and will be published in the conference proceedings.

General Poster Session Submissions

Topics: We invite submissions in the following areas: technical computer science research, computer science education, and broadening participation in computer science. Due to the number of submissions received, we request you to submit only 1 poster per person for consideration.

Who should submit: Submissions are encouraged from Undergraduate and Graduate university students but will also be accepted from industry professionals and faculty members.

Who can present at GHC: One author of each poster accepted is eligible to present at GHC. Multiple people cannot present the same poster.

Extended Abstract Contents: A poster submission should contain the elements listed below:

  • Poster Title.
  • Author(s): Name, affiliation, and contact information for each author. At a minimum, contact information should include an email address. Additionally, address, phone number, and www address are welcome. Note that reviewing is not blind with respect to author names.
  • Problem and Motivation: Problem being addressed. Explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem, why it is significant, and why it is relevant to your research field.
  • Background and Related Work: Specialized and relevant background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to the literature where appropriate, and briefly explain how your work is different from related work. Reference lists do not count towards the limit on the length of the abstract.
  • Approach and Uniqueness: Describe your approach in attacking the problem and how it is novel.
  • Results and Contributions: Results of your work. Discuss their significance and how they contribute to your area of computer science.

ACM Student Research Competition Submissions

Individual students submitting posters for GHC can opt to have their posters also considered for the ACM Student Research Competition (sponsored by Microsoft Research). Submissions for the research competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing computer science research conducted primarily by the individual student. In addition to being eligible for the standard GHC conference scholarships, selected contestants may receive partial support from ACM to cover part of the costs of attending the conference. All accepted conference material will be published in our online conference proceedings.

Topics: Technical only.

Who should submit: Undergraduate or Graduate students only.

Description: The ACM Student Research Competition will be held in two phases, with prizes awarded based on judging during the conference. Student research will be evaluated on the quality and significance of the work, and the quality and clarity of both an oral and visual presentation. The first round of the competition evaluates the student’s research during the opening reception and poster presentation. Those students who are selected by the judges to advance to the second round will continue in the competition by giving a formal, short, conference presentation of their research the next day. The winners from the second round of the competition will be announced at the Grace Hopper Awards Ceremony, and will continue on to ACM’s Grand Finals.

Submission: The submission process is the same as for the General Poster Session. During the online submission process, you will indicate that you would like to be considered for the research competition.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Participants must be currently enrolled in a university or college.
    • If the student is not an ACM student member at the time of the poster submission, they must become one when they are accepted to qualify for awards or travel grants.
    • A student may not submit already-published work to the SRC.  If the work builds on the student’s earlier work, there must be a substantial new contribution that is unique to the SRC.
    • Only individual research is accepted for consideration by an SRC. However, if an individual is part of a group research project and wishes to participate in an SRC, they can submit and present their individual contribution to the group research project. Submissions for the research competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing computer science research conducted primarily by the individual student.
  • Submissions must be single author.
  • Students may only participate in one SRC per program year (July 1-June 30). If you applied to be part of the SRC at another conference  this year, you are not eligible to apply.
  • No more than three research projects will be accepted from a single department  and no more than two of those can be in a single category. Departments are determined by the location of the research advisor. Please work with your Department Chair to coordinate submissions.
  • You cannot submit more than 2 posters as an individual for consideration.
  • If selected, the SRC program covers expenses up to $500 for all students invited to an SRC.

If your poster is not accepted to be part of the ACM Student Research competition, then it will automatically be considered for the General Poster Session.

References: Check out these links on how to propose/create a research poster:


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