This program provides a full week of immersion in the best of computer graphics and interactive techniques to high school students aged 16 or over who live in or near the city that hosts the annual SIGGRAPH conference. SIGGRAPH Pioneers mentor the students before, during, and after the conference. In recent years, the program has been supported by the National Science Foundation, GRAND, the NVIDIA Foundation, and conference attendees.
What a Student Receives
Each selected tudent receives Full Conference registration and one-on-one mentoring by a SIGGRAPH Pioneer.
How Students are Selected
A parent, teacher, or student must contact the local student recruiter for each conference. There is no need for the student to be directly involved in technology. Teachers help in the selection process, so students must have at least a C average in their academic work. Students who are over 16 but not from the local area can register as students on the conference web site. Students over 18 can apply for the Student Volunteer Program, and if they're accepted, receive some help with conference expenses. In either case, the SIGGRAPH Pioneers can provide a mentor for the conference.
Expectations for Selected Students
Students selected for Spend a Week at SIGGRAPH must:
- Attend a full sampling of SIGGRAPH events. SIGGRAPH Pioneer mentors help students learn more about the conference and the history and future of computer graphics.
- Write a one to two page summary of their experience and how it influenced them.
How to Be a Mentor
If you are a SIGGRAPH Pioneer who wants to mentor a student at the annual conference, please contact the Chief Student Mentor.
Expectations for Selected Mentors
SIGGRAPH Pioneer mentors must:
- Attend the conference.
- Share your email address with your student(s) before and after the conference.
- Meet with the student on a mutually arranged schedule during the conference.
- Receive the student summary and send it to the Chief Student Mentor with your remarks about your experience.