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The SC Conference hosts the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) showcasing original research from undergraduate and graduate students. Students must be members of ACM at the time the poster is submitted. ACM Student membership is available for $19 per year. If you are a student who would like to showcase your work and compete for ACM SRC prizes, submit your poster to this track.

Submissions are peer-reviewed by the SC ACM SRC Committee, which also selects a set of finalists based on poster content and presentation quality. These finalists go on to compete in the ACM SRC grand finals.

Note: ACM SRC submissions are separate from Research Posters submissions. If you are submitting to ACM SRC, please access the SC submissions website and select ACM Student Research Competition. Do not select Research Posters. Confused about which poster track to submit to? See flow chart on Poster Submissions.

Preparing Your Submission

An ACM SRC poster submission has two main components: the poster itself and an 800-word abstract in the ACM format.


An ACM Student Research Competition submission reflects student research: this work may be part of a larger project, but the poster should only reflect the contributions of a single graduate student or up to two undergraduate students. For graduate student submissions, the final poster must list one student as the only author; for undergraduate student submissions, the final poster must list up to two undergraduate students as the first (and second) author(s).

Students are allowed to list one or more official graduate or undergraduate advisors on their poster. Each advisor must be clearly marked by putting “(advisor)” after the advisor’s name. For example, if Alex Abel is advised by Bruno Banach and Clara Cantor at Durham University in England, then the poster and extended abstract should be authored by: Alex Abel, Bruno Banach (advisor), and Clara Cantor (advisor), Durham University, England.

Poster Format

The SC Conference does not provide a poster template. Poster size, style, layout, font, and content are left to the discretion of the author(s). SC provides one display board that is four feet high and eight feet wide – the only formatting requirement is that your poster mounts properly on its display board. Your poster does not need to cover the entire display board; the poster size should be appropriate for your content.

You can embed additional multimedia elements into your poster by placing QR (Quick Response) codes anywhere you want to link to external content. Such elements may include a video narration of the poster by the author, links to results, videos, graphics, datasets, codes, etc. The goal of embedded multimedia elements should be to enhance the presentation of research in the poster. Note that extended versions of the poster or related publications are not considered acceptable multimedia elements in this context.

At the time of submission, the poster does not need to be finalized. You may make changes to your poster after acceptance, but a representative draft of the poster must be submitted for review.

Where to Submit

ACM SRC posters are submitted via the SC submissions website, where you should select the ACM Student Research Competition submission type (i.e., do not select Research Posters). View a sample form.

Once submitted, the poster type cannot be changed.

Review Criteria

All ACM SRC posters are peer-reviewed by a committee of experts. Poster reviews are single-blind: reviewers will see author names, but authors will not see reviewer names.

Conflict of Interest

Please review the SC Conference Conflict of Interest guidelines before submitting your poster.


Please see the ACM guidelines on identifying plagiarism. Authors should submit new, original work that represents a significant advance from even their own prior publications.

Upon Acceptance

Virtual Conference Support

If your poster is accepted, the ACM SRC program will cover expenses for poster preparation and conference registration, if any. Please review the ACM SRC website for reimbursement details.


If your poster is accepted, the presenter must register for the Technical Program in order to attend the SC Conference and present the poster.

Finalizing Accepted ACM SRC Posters

Once your poster is accepted, you may make updates to the poster content and the 800-word abstract.

Your ACM SRC poster will be included in the online SC Schedule provided you upload your materials to the SC submissions website before October 9, 2020.


ACM SRC posters are made available in the SC20 Technical Program Archives, upon submission of the final poster to the SC submissions website before October 9, 2020.

Virtual Program


ACM SRC posters will be displayed Tuesday–Thursday, November 17–19, 2020, 10 am–5 pm, in the virtual Posters channel.

ACM SRC semi-finalist presentations take place at a special Poster Presentation Session on Wednesday.

No printed poster is required.


  • Posters will be displayed in the virtual Posters channel. Each poster will appear on its own page, with a section for a brief pre-recorded video presentation by the author.
  • Posters must be submitted in high-resolution to ensure readability.
  • Speakers/Presenters will receive instructions and more information on recording and uploading their videos and presentations well in advance of the conference.

Poster Presentation Session

ACM SRC semifinalists will be invited to present their work at this Wednesday session. Semifinalists will give an eight-minute presentation (with slides) followed by a two-minute question and answer period. Semifinalists should arrive at the session room 10 minutes before the session begins to test their presentation source. 

This session will be attended by the committee of judges as well as any interested conference attendees. The top three graduate and undergraduate finalists will be chosen based on these presentations.


The ACM Student Research Competition is a national competition involving many ACM-sponsored conferences. Each participating conference runs its own round of the competition, with the winners proceeding to the national competition. Awards are presented to both graduate and undergraduate students at the conference level and the national level.

The SC ACM SRC committee selects three graduate and three undergraduate finalists. The finalists of the SC ACM SRC will each receive a medal and prizes of $500, $300, and $200 for first, second, and third place in the undergraduate and graduate competition. The first placed undergraduate and graduate winners will go on to compete in the ACM SRC grand finals.

Questions about ACM SRC Submissions?
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