There are two rounds of SRC competition that are held during the SPLASH conference, once your abstract is accepted, and a later grand finals competition:

First Round [Nov. 7th]

The first round is the Poster Session. This is your opportunity to present your research in the areas specified in the conference’s call for papers. 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 a group of semi-finalists will be chosen to present at the second round of the competition.

Second Round
 [Nov. 8th]

Semi-finalists continue by giving a short presentation (a ten minute presentation followed by a five minute question and answer period) of their research before a panel of judges, with a supporting Powerpoint presentation. Evaluations are based on the presenter’s knowledge of his/her research area, contribution of the research, and the quality of the oral and visual presentation. Three winners will be chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate, receiving $500, $300, and $200, respectively.

The SRC Grand Finals

First place undergraduate and graduate student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of judges evaluates these winners 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.

ACM’s SRC program covers expenses up to $500 for all students invited to an SRC. The kinds of conference expenses that are acceptable include:

  • Transportation expenses (air, rail, bus, taxi, car service, car rental, parking); If you’re driving your own car, you can expense .53.5 cents per mile as of January 1, 2017. Please note this rate generally changes annually.
  • Meals, hotel, tips
  • Supplies for poster development, poster shipment, etc.
  • Conference registration

Students will be reimbursed once we receive their SRC Travel Expense report form along with receipts for all expenses above $25.