Microsoft SRC Competition 2020
Each year, student SIGDOC conference participants can propose to compete in the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft. The SRC offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research before a panel of judges and attendees. The selected students receive reimbursement from Microsoft for their conference fees. The top three winners chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate, will receive awards of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.
The SRC consists of several rounds of competition, beginning with the initial abstract submission process and preparation of an extended abstract for the conference Proceedings. During the conference, there are two rounds of competition. Judges will evaluate each presenter’s knowledge of their research area, contribution of the research, and the quality of the oral and visual presentation.
- First round: All students will present their research in a virtual poster round. Judges will evaluate their posters and introductory audio-recordings, and interact with students via text chat on Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 8.
- Second round: Up to 10 finalists (5 undergraduates and 5 graduate students) will give a live presentation of their research with a supporting audiovisual presentation. The undergraduate competition will be Thursday, October 9 from 10-11:15 am CST, and the graduate student competition will be Thursday, October 9 11:30-12:45.
The student award winners will be announced Friday, October 10, during the SIGDOC conference wrap-up and closing remarks.
First-place undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRC will advance to the online ACM SRC Grand Finals. Three undergraduates and three graduates will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners, and invited to the annual ACM Awards Banquet for formal recognition.
2020 Undergraduate SRC Participants
- Kenyan Burnham, Adam Narine, and Christopher Trotter – “Instructor Roles in Higher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
- Jessica Escobar – “Understanding Patient Perception of Medical Artificial Intelligence: A Proposed Qualitative Study”
- Rita Flanagan – “Principles of Technical and Public Communication as a Provisional Framework for Undergraduate Students Writing with and About Indigenous Peoples”
- Sanjana Ponnada – “Improving User Experience and Accessibility of CDC’s COVID-19 Symptoms Self-checker with Better Design Practices: The Role of Design in Effective Risk Communication”
2020 Graduate SRC Participants
- Sarah Fadem – “Designing a Decision Aid for Patients Considering Bone Marrow Transplant”
- Mary Le Rouge – “How Literate Responses to Technical Communication Can Promote Practical Responses to Environmental Change”
- Nicole Lowman – “Advising the Buffalo Police Advisory Board: Toward a More Usable Technology”
- AJ McCormick – “Communicating with Generation Z: Graphic Design for Instructor-Created Classroom Documents”
- Nupoor Ranade – “The Real-Time Audience: Data Analytics and Audience Measurements”
- Danielle Stambler – “Eating Right and User Experience with an Employee Wellness Program”
- Allison Styes – “Resolving the Shortcomings of Human Centered Design in Transcultural Communication”
- Francine Sutton – “Examining UX Design Principles and Older Adults’ Preference of Online Appointment Scheduling Using a mHealth Application”
- Katie Walkup – “Disrupting Dominant Narratives: Mental Health, Early Warning Systems, and Threat Construction”
- Hua Wang – “Social Media in Accommodating Sex Education Exigency in China”
- Chenxing Xie – “Topic Modeling-based Web Architecture Redesign”
To learn more about the SRC, visit http://src.acm.org/. To see this year’s Call for Proposals for the SIGDOC SRC, visit https://sigdoc.acm.org/awards/student-research-competition/.
If you have questions, email the Student Research Competition chair, Dr. Sonia Stephens at email@example.com.