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ACM Student Research Competition @ SOSP 2019

In 2019, SOSP will host its second ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by ACM and Microsoft Research. This competition offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique forum to experience the research world, present their research results to conference attendees, and compete for prizes.

The ACM SRC at SOSP 2019 consists of three parts: (1) research abstract submission; (2) poster presentation; (3) a research talk. The first-place winners of the competition will be invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

Participate in this exciting competition! Submit your work to the ACM Student Research Competition at SOSP 2019. Win a $500 travel stipend to attend the SOSP conference in Huntsville, Ontario (and apply for a SOSP student scholarship to request more support)!

Student Research Competition Program
The student research competition program is available in PDF form here.
How to Participate:
First Round Competition: Submit a Research Abstract

The submission site is:

To participate in the competition, submit a 2-page research abstract related to the main themes of the conference (see the SOSP'19 Call for Papers for a list of conference topics). The submission should describe: the research problem and motivation, background and related work, approach and uniqueness, results, and contributions. Abstracts will be judged based on how well they cover these aspects of the work.

Research abstract submissions should contain original, unpublished material that is not under review at any other archival forum, including journals, conferences, and workshops with copyrighted proceedings. If the work is accepted by a conference or journal by the time of SRC submission deadline (but not yet published), you should not submit it to SRC unless the SRC submission contains sufficient new material.

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The research abstract must conform at the time of submission to the SOSP 2019 Submission Rules regarding Anonymity, Originality, and Formatting (see the SOSP'19 Call for Papers), and must not exceed 2 pages, including all text, appendices, and figures. Bibliographic references do not count against the page limit. All submissions must be in English. Submissions must be in PDF format.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by August 14th, 2019. A panel of experts will review the submissions and select the students to participate in the on-site stage of the Student Research Competition, which will be held at SOSP 2019 in Huntsville Ontario, Canada.

Students who are selected to participate in the main competition at the SOSP conference round will receive a stipend for their travel expenses, up to a maximum of US$500. If you would need more support to attend SOSP, you should also apply for a student scholarship. The deadline for those applications is July 30, 2019, which is substantially earlier than the SRC deadline.

Second Round Competition: Present a Poster

The second round of the competition will take place in a poster session at SOSP 2019. This is your opportunity to present your research to conference attendees and leading experts in the systems software fields, including the SRC committee.

Judges will review the posters and speak to participants about their research. The judges will evaluate the research (quality, novelty, and significance) and the presentation of the research (poster, discussion) and select students to advance to the final round of the competition.

Final Round Competition: Give a Presentation

Select students will continue by giving a short presentation of their research before a panel of judges and other attendees in a special session at the SOSP 2019 conference. After each presentation, there will be a short question and answer session.

Evaluations are based on the presenter’s knowledge of his/her research area, the contribution of the research, and the quality of the oral and visual presentation. At most three winners will be chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate, and receive prizes.

The SRC Grand Finals

The first-place winner in each category (undergraduate and graduate) from the SRC held at SOSP 2019 will advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of judges evaluates the winners of all SRCs held during the calendar year against each other via the web. Three undergraduates and three graduates will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners. They are invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they receive formal recognition.


The top three winners in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will be recognized during the conference and will receive prizes of US$500, US$300, and US$200, respectively.

  1. Participants must be undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission.
  2. Participants must be current student members of the ACM, and must provide their ACM member number.
  3. Team projects will be accepted from Undergraduate students. One person should be designated by the team to attend the conference and make the oral presentation. This person along with another team member will be eligible for travel reimbursement for up to $500.00. Should the designated presenter win first, second or third place in competition only they will receive the medal and monetary award.
  4. Only individual research is accepted from Graduate (Masters or PhD program) students; group research projects will not be considered. If you are part of a group research project and want to participate in an SRC, you can only present your part of the research. You must submit a single-authored version of your work. If your abstract is selected, only you will receive the travel stipend and monetary award (should you win).
  5. Supervisors of the work may not be listed as co-authors.
  6. Students may only participate in one SRC per program year (April 1- March 31). Students that have applied to an SRC, but have not been accepted, may respond to other SRC calls for participation during the program year.

Important: The student author of the accepted abstract must register and present the work at SOSP 2019. The accepted abstracts will be published on the SIGOPS website.

For More Information

For additional information, visit the official ACM Student Research Competition website. For questions, please contact the co-chairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am a PhD student. Am I eligible to participate in the SRC?
Yes. As a PhD student, you will compete in the Graduate category of the competition.

Q: What should I write in my research abstract?
A submission to the competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research related to the topics covered by SOSP. It is important that your research abstract discusses (1) research problem and motivation, (2) background and related work, (3) approach and uniqueness, and (4) results and contributions. The committee will assess your research abstract along these dimensions.

Q: What criteria will the judges use to evaluate the abstract/research?
The judges will assess research abstracts based on four criteria: Problem and motivation (5 points); Background and related work (5 points); Approach and uniqueness (10 points); and Results and contribution (10 points). For the poster presentation, the criteria are Oral presentation (10 points), Visual presentation (10 points), Research methods (15 points), and Significance of contribution (10 points). For the conference oral presentation, the criteria are Knowledge of research area (15 points), Contribution of research (10 points), and Presentation (10 points).

Q: I noticed that first round participants receive a travel reimbursement of up to $500. Will the participants also qualify for a registration waiver or free/discounted student lodging?
There will be no additional discounts towards registration or lodging. Consider applying for SOSP student travel grants.

Q: My research is not related to systems software or any of the main themes of the SOSP conference. Can I still participate in the Student Research Competition?
Yes, but not at SOSP. Participate in a SRC at conference that is related to your research. To participate in the competition at SOSP, your research needs to be related to the main themes of the SOSP conference (see the topics for SOSP 2019). If your research is not among the topics relevant for SOSP, please check the list of current SRC calls to find a conference that is better related. If you don’t find a conference that covers your research, you can participate in the SRC competition at the SIGCSE conference.

Important Dates
Event Info Date
Abstract Submission August 14, 2019 (23:59:59 UTC)
Notification August 30, 2019
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SOSP Student Research Competition co-Chairs: Angela Demke Brown and Jeanna Matthews

SOSP Student Research Committee:
Aditya Akella (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Rong Chen (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Natacha Crooks (Cornell University / UC Berkeley)
Dilma Da Silva (Texas A&M University)
Jason Flinn (University of Michigan)
Ana Klimovic (Google)
Geoff Kuenning (Harvey Mudd College)
Wyatt LLoyd (Princeton University)
Shan Lu (University of Chicago)
Iqbal Mohomed (Samsung AI Centre - Toronto)
Simon Peter (University of Texas at Austin)
Malte Schwarzkopf (MIT CSAIL / Brown University)
Ioan Stefanovici (Microsoft Research)
Nandita Vijaykumar (Carnegie Mellon University / University of Toronto)
Junfeng Yang (Columbia University)