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SIGMOD 2012 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

To provide undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their research accomplishments, the SIGMOD conference started the SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Poster Competition in 2008. Undergraduate students who have played a key role in a research project are invited to submit an abstract to this poster competition. Any research project that is broadly related to data management is within the scope of the competition (for a list of sample areas of interest, see the SIGMOD Call for Papers). Based on the abstracts, the competition chair will invite several students to present posters that describe their research at the 2012 SIGMOD/PODS conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. These invited students will be offered a travel stipend to defray conference attendance costs (registration fee, travel, lodging, etc.). The amount of the travel stipend is to be determined. A "best poster" winner will be selected and announced at the SIGMOD 2012 awards session.

Eligibility For the purposes of this competition, a student is considered an undergraduate student if he/she has not yet obtained a BS (or equivalent) degree or has obtained that degree on or after November 1, 2011, and he/she is not enrolled in a graduate program at the time of submission. If the applicant's school system is "non-traditional," and the applicant considers him/herself eligible, then the SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Program Chair should be contacted before an abstract is submitted.

Submission Guidelines

To submit an abstract to the research poster competition, students must send an email to the competition chair by Monday, February 20, 2012, 5pm PST. The subject of the email must be "[candidate's full name] SIGMOD UNDERGRADUATE POSTER COMPETITION."

If an undergraduate student participates in a large project, the student's proposal must describe his or her contribution to the project.

The following information must be included (not attached) in the email in plain text. HTML, PDF, Postscript or any other format will not be accepted.

  1. Name of department and school, and current academic status, including the number of years until graduation.
  2. Name of academic advisor.
  3. An abstract of up to 800 words that explains the proposed content of the poster. This abstract should include
    • a problem statement,
    • a brief technical overview of the solution, and
    • a summary of major results (e.g., "faster than existing solutions by x percent").
  4. Description of the role played by the student in the project.

All submissions must be in plain text with the proper subject line as explained above. Any submission that does not satisfy these conditions may be automatically discarded without further notification. Decisions will be emailed by Monday, March 1, 2012; authors of accepted abstracts will receive further instructions at that time. The SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Program Chair reserves the right to reject all submissions.

Note: submissions to the research poster competition are permitted even if the student has already published a paper on the same topic or will have a paper on the same topic at SIGMOD/PODS 2012.

SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Program Chair

Christopher Ré (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
chrisre [at] cs.wisc.edu

Important Dates

Comments and questions should be directed to the competition chair.

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