Submission Requirements

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Each submission type has a unique set of requirements. Please review the one for your proposal type. There are also general requirements for all types, except poster presenters. If you fail to follow these requirements, we will be unable to accept your submission for review.

If you are uncertain about session formats, please check out our descriptions here.

General Requirements (Except Posters)

  • Word count: Maximum 400 characters abstract. Maximum 3 page proposal. Only abstract will be published for attendees. We will not edit these, so pay attention to grammar.
  • Font size: Minimum 10 point font.
  • Audience: If this is a career-related submission, tag the submission based on your target audience. Understanding of the audience and tailoring the submission ensures a higher chance of success.
  • Expertise Level: If this is a technical submission, tag this to be at the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level at the time of submission.
  • Templates: Use the starter template indicated in each section below to help you get started. You may add sections provided the proposal is within the page limits specified. If you choose to use your own template, you must still include all the sections listed in your template to ensure consistency.
  • Submission limit: You may only submit one proposal per submission type.

Specific Requirements

Panel

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter expert from industry, academia, or government labs.
  • Number of panelists: One moderator and three to four panelists. No two people from the same organization (company or institution) can be on the same panel. Please indicate in your submission if the moderator has had previous experience moderating a panel.
  • Presentation time: 60 minutes
  • Room type: Theater style seating
  • Template: Use the Panel Starter Template. You can look at two of our highly rated submissions from previous years for inspiration – Technical Panel Example and Career Panel Example. Our yellow callouts are tips to guide you through the process.

Presentation

  • Eligibility criteria: Ph.D. students and subject matter experts from industry, academia, or government labs.
  • Number of presenters: One presenter per presentation. Tag-Team presentations are not permitted.
  • Presentation Time: Plan on 20 minutes total, including Q&A.
  • Room type: Theater style seating
  • Template: Use the Presentation Template. You can look at our highly rated submission from a previous year for inspiration. Our yellow callouts are tips to guide you through the process.

Workshop

  • Eligibility criteria: Subject matter expert from industry, academia or government labs
  • Number of presenters: Two to three facilitators
  • Presentation Time:  60 minutes
  • Room type: Banquet style (round table seating)
  • Template: Use the Workshop Starter Template. You can look our highly rated submission from a previous year for inspiration. Our yellow callouts are tips to guide you through the process.

Student Opportunity Lab (SOL)

  • Eligibility criteria: Ph.D. students and subject matter experts from industry, academia or government labs
  • Number of presenters: One to two presenters per submission
  • Presentation Time: Each mini session will be 20 minutes.
  • Room type: Banquet style (round table seating)
  • Template: Use the SOL Starter Template. You can look our highly rated submission from last year for inspiration.

Poster Session Requirements

The submission process for the general poster session and the ACM competition is the same. You will need to indicate during your submission that you want to be considered for the ACM Student Research Competition.

General Poster Session Requirements

  • Eligibility criteria: Undergraduate and graduate university or college students, faculty members, and industry professions.
  • Number of presenters: Only one presenter per poster
  • Topics: Technical computer science research, computer science education, or broadening participation in computer science
  • Submission format: Your submission will consist of two components – a proposal and an abstract.
    • Proposal: Your proposal describes the content of your poster, the problem you’re seeking to solve, its significance, your approach, and your key results
      • Three pages maximum, including references
      • 10-point font minimum
    • Abstract: Your abstract is a succinct description of your project. This paragraph will be published for the general public. We do not hold copyright on papers in our publications.
      • 400 characters maximum
  • Contents: You submission must include each of the following elements:
    • Poster Title
    • Author(s): Name, affiliation and contact information for each author. At a minimum, contact information should include an email address. Additionally, you can provide your address, phone number, and website. Note that reviewing is not blind with respect to author names.
    • Problem and Motivation: Define the problem you’re addressing. Explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem, why it is significant, and why it is relevant to your research field.
    • Background and Related Work: Explain the specialized and relevant background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to literature where appropriate, and briefly describe how your work is different from related work. Reference lists do not count towards the limit on the length of the abstract.
    • Approach and Uniqueness: Describe your approach in attacking the problem and how it is novel.
    • Results and Contributions: Share the results of your work. Discuss their significance and how they contribute to your area of computer science.
  • Template: Use the Poster Starter Template.

ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) Requirements

Submissions for the research competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing computer science research conducted primarily by the individual student. In addition to being eligible for the standard GHC conference scholarships, selected contestants may receive partial support from ACM to cover part of the costs of attending the conference.

  • Eligibility criteria:
    • Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a university or college
    • Students must be ACM members. If you are not one at the time of submission, you must become one before accepting your place at GHC to qualify for awards or travel grants.
    • Students may only participate in one SRC per program year (July 1 – June 30). If you applied to be part of the SRC at another conference this year, you are not eligible to apply for the GHC competition.
    • No more than three research projects will be accepted from a single department and no more than two of those can be in a single category. Departments are determined by the location of the research advisor. Please work with your Department Chair to coordinate submissions.
    • You cannot submit more than two posters as an individual for consideration.
    • If selected, the SRC program covers expenses up to $500 for all students.
    • If your poster is not accepted to be part of the ACM Student Research competition, then it will automatically be considered for the General Poster Session.
  • Number of presenters: Submissions must be single author
    • The SRC considers only individual research. If you are part of a group research project and wish to participate in an SRC, you can submit and present your individual contribution to the group research. Submissions for the research competition should describe the results of recently completed or ongoing computer science research conducted primarily by you, as an individual.
  • Topics: Technical only
  • Submission format: Your submission will consist of two components – a proposal and an abstract.
    • Proposal: The proposal describes the content of your poster, the problem you’re seeking to solve, its significance, your approach and your key results
      • Three pages maximum, including references
      • 10-point font minimum
    • Abstract: The abstract is a succinct description of your project. This paragraph will be published for the general public. We do not hold copyright on papers in our publications.
      • 400 characters maximum
  • Contents: You submission must include each of the following elements.
    • Poster Title
    • Author(s): Name, affiliation and contact information for each author. At a minimum, contact information should include an email address. Additionally, you can provide your address, phone number and website. Note that reviewing is not blind with respect to author names.
    • Problem and Motivation: Define the problem you’re addressing. Explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem, why it is significant, and why it is relevant to your research field.
    • Background and Related Work: Explain the specialized and relevant background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to literature where appropriate, and briefly describe how your work is different from related work. Reference lists do not count towards the limit on the length of the abstract.
    • Approach and Uniqueness: Describe your approach in attacking the problem and how it is novel.
    • Results and Contributions: Share the results of your work. Discuss their significance and how they contribute to your area of computer science.
  • Template: Use the Poster Starter Template.