Student Research Competition

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC) invites you to submit a proposal to this year’s ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) sponsored by Microsoft Research. The SRC offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at a well-known ACM sponsored conference before a panel of judges and attendees.

The SRC consists of several rounds of competition, beginning with the initial submission process. Up to 15 undergraduate and 15 graduate students will be selected, based on their proposals, to enter the SRC that will be held at SIGDOC, July 16-17, 2015, in Limerick, Ireland. The selected students will receive travel grants from Microsoft that will pay for their travel to the conference (students are responsible for their conference registration and SIGDOC membership). The SRC consists of two rounds of competition at the conference, as well as the possibility to move on to a grand finals competition at a later date. Students interested in submitting proposals should be prepared to come to the conference with a poster and an oral presentation (with accompanying PowerPoint) based on their proposal topic.

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit proposals of up to 800 words on topics related to the design of communication, including user experience, information architecture, documentation, interaction design, and user research methods, in research, education, industry, recreation, and social exchanges. Contributions may include studies of design processes, research methods, pedagogical practices, deployment analyses, and situated use studies related to the design and use of communication systems and artifacts. These proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of SIGDOC members. The authors of the qualifying proposals will be notified by March 17, 2015.

Topics of Interest

Proposals should address topics including, but not limited to:

  • Content strategy
  • Technical communication
  • User experience
  • International and intercultural communication design
  • Learning systems/environments
  • Open source design solutions
  • Collaborative platforms
  • Design methods and principles
  • Digital humanities and design
  • Project management
  • Information design and architecture
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Experience architecture

First Round Competitions
The first round of competition is a poster session. This is your opportunity to present your research in the areas specified in the Call for Submissions. Judges will review the posters and speak to participants about their research; a group of semi-finalists will be chosen to present at the second round of the competition.

Second Round Competitions
Semi-finalists continue by giving a short presentation of their research before a panel of judges, with a supporting PowerPoint presentation. Evaluations are based on the presenter’s knowledge of his/her research area, contribution of the research, and the quality of the oral and visual presentation. Three winners will be chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate, receiving $500, $300, and $200, respectively.

The SRC Grand Finals
First-place undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRC will advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of judges evaluates these winners against each other via the Web. Three undergraduates and three graduates will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners. They are invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they receive formal recognition.

The requirements for participation in the SRC are:

  • You must be a current ACM student member (rates begin at $19/year)
  • If selected to participate in the SRC, you must register for the SIGDOC 2015 conference
  • You must be a graduate or undergraduate student at the time of proposal submission
  • You must submit an extended abstract of no more than 800 words on a topic of relevance to the host conference, SIGDOC 2015.