Student Research Competition

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

2020 Graduate SRC Participants


To learn more about the SRC, visit To see this year’s Call for Proposals for the SIGDOC SRC, visit

If you have questions, email the Student Research Competition chair, Dr. Sonia Stephens at