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SIGMOD 2013 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

Continuing the initiative of the 2008 SIGMOD Conference, we invite submissions to the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. Undergraduate students who have played a key role in a research project are invited to submit an abstract to this poster competition. Any project 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 submissions, the competition chairs will invite several students to present posters that describe their research at the 2013 SIGMOD/PODS conference in New York, New York, USA. 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 2013 awards session.


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, 2012, 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 Chairs should be contacted prior to submission.

Submission Guidelines

[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR] Each submission should be an abstract that describes the applicant's work; it should be a PDF document, no more than one US Letter page in length. For formatting instructions and templates, please refer to the instructions for regular research papers. The page limit includes all parts of the PDF submission: title, abstract, body, figures, and bibliography. Your document should include a problem statement, a brief technical overview of the solution, a summary of major results (e.g., "faster than existing solutions by x percent"), and any appropriate figures. If the applicant participated in a large project, his or her submission must clarify his or her contribution to the project.

Any submission that does not satisfy these conditions may be automatically discarded without further notification. Submissions should be uploaded at by Friday, February 15, 2013, 5pm PST. Notifications of decisions will made by Friday, March 15, 2013; authors of accepted abstracts will receive further instructions at that time. The SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Program Chairs reserve 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 2013.

SIGMOD Undergraduate Research Program Chairs

Alexandra Meliou (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA) ameli [at]
Xiaokui Xiao (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) xkxiao [at]

Important Dates

Comments and questions should be directed to the competition chairs.

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