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SIGMOD 2012 Travel Award

Thanks to the generous support from NSF, SAP and the SIGMOD Executive Committee, we will provide scholarship awards to selected students attending the SIGMOD/PODS conference. The scholarships will include financial support for traveling and conference registrations.

Each awardee will receive a stipend to partially cover the expense to attend the conference. Awardees will also be given priority access to on-site and off-line recruitment events with our Gold and Platinum sponsors.

Awardees are expected to register to the main conference as well as one of the student oriented events (SIGMOD/PODS Ph.D. Symposium or the Database Mentoring Workshop). Students will have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Applicants need to be a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate). Applicants also need to be a SIGMOD member at the time of receiving this award (to become a member of SIGMOD, you don't need to be a member of the ACM -- students can join SIGMOD for $15).

Applicants do not need to have an accepted paper to be eligible. However, students who are primary authors of an accepted paper in the main conference or the workshops (especially students selected to attend the SIGMOD/PODS Ph.D. Symposium or the Database Mentoring Workshop) are especially encouraged to apply. Junior students without papers accepted for publication at SIGMOD/PODS, but involved in research closely related to the topics of the conference are also encouraged to apply. Applications from female and minority students are especially encouraged.

Students whose advisor cannot provide financial support to attend the conference will be given priority.

Application Procedure
To apply for a grant, the student must submit the necessary materials through the website ( no later than April 6 (11:59pm PST), 2012. Students are encouraged to have the applications sent as soon as possible. Applications arriving after the deadline will not be considered. The notification date is April 16, 2012. Please include the following materials (in a single PDF file) in an application:

  • an application letter from the student with the following information (in one page):
    • student's full name and email address;
    • name and address of student's school;
    • student's academic status and expected year of graduation;
    • whether the student is (co-)author of a paper that was accepted for the main conference or if the student contributes to any other part of the conference;
      • if the student is a (co-)author, the paper title, author list, the student's contribution to the paper, and whether the student will present the paper;
    • a brief statement about student's current research interests and research accomplishments to date;
  • student's CV (in 1-2 pages).
  • a one-page abstract from the student, summarizing a broad view of his/her Ph.D. research with motivation, problem description, approach, and progress:
    • the abstracts must be written in English;
    • the abstract has to comply with the two-column ACM proceedings format (you can get a template from here: ACM proceedings format).
  • Optional: a recommendation letter from a faculty member of the student's host institution (preferably from academic/dissertation advisors).

Important Dates

  • Application submission: March 30, 11:59pm PST, 2012
  • Application submission: April 6, 11:59pm PST, 2012 (Extended)
  • Application notification: April 16, 2012

We are looking forward to receiving your applications! A list of winners to the SIGMOD 2012 travel award will be announced on the SIGMOD 2012 website.


You may send your questions regarding the travel award application process to one of the co-chairs, Feifei Li ( or Nan Zhang (

Travel Award Selection Committee

  • Graham Cormode
  • Tingjian Ge
  • Murat Kantarcioglu
  • Anastasios (Tasos) Kementsietsidis
  • Alexandros Labrinidis
  • Chengkai Li
  • Feifei Li
  • Ashwin Machanavajjhala
  • Senjuti Basu Roy
  • Nan Zhang

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