Sun 15 - Fri 20 November 2020 Online Conference

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 his or her 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. These students are also entitled to a travel stipend that supports attending the SPLASH conference in Chicago, Illinois, the United States!

Winners of the SPLASH competition are invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals. Submit your work and take part of the ACM Student Research Competition at SPLASH 2020!


In order to participate in the SRC, you must:

  • Have graduate or undergraduate student status (i.e., 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 if they contain only references. 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://oopsla2020src.hotcrp.com/ by August 15th, 2020, 23:59pm AoE.

Please contact SPLASH’20 SRC co-chairs if you need more information.


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: Poster Session

The first round is the Poster Session. If you are selected to participate in the competition, you will be invited to the first round, which will take place at SPLASH 2020 in Chicago, USA. This is your opportunity to present your research to conference attendees and SRC judges. Judges will review the posters and speak to participants about their research. The judges will evaluate the novelty and significance of your research, and the quality of your presentation, including your poster and the discussion around it. 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 the second round, you will give a short presentation of your research before a panel of judges in a special session at the SPLASH 2020 conference. After each 10-minute presentation, there will be a 5-minute question-and-answer session. 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 undergraduate and three graduate students will be chosen as winners and will receive prizes.

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.