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The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research to a panel of judges and conference attendees at SPLASH. The SRC provides visibility and exposes up-and-coming researchers to computer science research and the research community. This competition also gives students an opportunity to discuss their research with experts in their field, get feedback, and sharpen their communication and networking skills.

To participate in the competition, a student must submit a 2-page description of their original research project. The submitted project descriptions are peer-reviewed. Each student whose description is selected by a panel of reviewers is invited to attend the SRC competition at SPLASH and present their work. If the conference is held in person, these students are also entitled to a travel stipend that supports attending the SPLASH conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Winners of the SPLASH competition are invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals. Submit your work and take part in the ACM Student Research Competition at SPLASH 2021!


In order to participate in the SRC, you must:

  • Have graduate or undergraduate student status (i.e., be enrolled in a university or college) at the time of submission.
  • Be a current ACM student member.
  • If selected, register for the conference and attend.

Submission Guidelines

A submitted research abstract must not exceed 2 pages, including all text, appendices, and figures. Additional pages are permitted only for references (and no other text). The submission must be written in English and must be submitted as a PDF file that follows the ACM SIGPLAN acmart style. See http://www.sigplan.org/Resources/Author/. Please use the provided double-column LaTeX or Word templates.

You must submit your SRC research abstract electronically via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=splash2021src by July 16th, 2021, 23:59pm AoE.

Please contact the SPLASH’21 SRC co-chairs if you need more information.


If your abstract is accepted, there are two additional rounds of SRC competition that are held during the SPLASH conference.

First Round: Poster Session

The first round is the Poster Session. If you are selected to participate in the competition, you will be invited to present a poster which will be used as a visual helping you to explain your work. This is your opportunity to present your research to conference attendees and SRC judges.

The judges will review the posters and speak to participants about their research. The judges will evaluate the posters based on the quality of the oral and visual presentation, significance of the contribution, research methods, and your broader knowledge of your research area. Following that evaluation, the judges will select students to advance to the second round of the competition.

Second Round: Research Talk

If you are selected for this stage, you will give a 10-minute talk about your research before a panel of judges in a special session at the SPLASH 2021 conference. You should prepare in advance a presentation and a talk describing your work. The talks will be evaluated by a panel of judges according to the same criteria as posters: the quality of the oral and visual presentation, significance of the contribution, research methods, and your broader knowledge of your research area.

More information about the competition and selection criteria can be found here: https://src.acm.org/about.

Prizes and SRC Grand Finals

The top three winners in each category – undergraduate and graduate – will be recognized during the conference. First-place undergraduate and graduate student winners from all SRCs held during the year (including SPLASH) advance to the SRC Grand Finals.

A separate panel of judges will evaluate all SRC Grand Final participants via the Web. Three undergraduate and three graduate students will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners. They will be invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they will receive a formal recognition.