Students: Call for Submissions

SIGGRAPH 2009 is committed to supporting and providing opportunities for students. We offer several opportunities that are particularly appropriate for submission of student work:


Posters are an informal way to present your work. Posters will be on display throughout the conference week. During scheduled poster sessions, you'll have the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of conference attendees who are interested in your work. These conversations can be a great source of feedback and new ideas. See submission info for details on how to submit. Posters have two submission deadlines. The primary submission deadline is Wednesday, 18 February 2009. For work completed in spring of 2009, there is a special late-breaking deadline: Wednesday, 6 May 2009.

Student Research Competition
Consider submitting your poster for the ACM Student Research Competition. Simply submit your poster as described above and indicate on the submission form that you are a student and would like to enter the competition. Finalists from the competition will have the opportunity to present their work to a team of distinguished judges, and the winners will go on to compete in a national competition.

Research Challenge
If you're up for a challenge, form a team and work on the (first) annual SIGGRAPH Research Challenge. The Research Challenge is a great way to get together with students from other disciplines or universities to work on a fun and exciting problem. Individuals or teams are invited to submit solutions to the problem by Wednesday, 6 May 2009. Selected submitters will be invited to present their solutions to a jury of distinguished judges at SIGGRAPH 2009.

Another opportunity for students to participate in the conference is the Student Volunteers program. Student Volunteers help with everything from staffing the doors at sessions to helping operate demos and giving tours in foreign languages. In return, Student Volunteers receive full access to the conference and the chance to participate in special student-volunteer-only mentorship programs. For more information on applying to be a student volunteer, see application info. Student Volunteer applications are due Monday, 23 February 2009.


There are also several competitions at the conference that are particularly appropriate for student partiipation. For animators, there's FJORG!, in which teams of animators work night and day, fighting fatigue and spectacular distractions, to produce killer animations. For game designers, there's Game Jam, in which teams of game designers work night and day, fighting fatigue and spectacular distractions, to produce killer games. And for researchers who like meeting new people and working on challenging problems, there's SpeedLab, a competition in which teams are given the whole conference week to come up with creative solutions to challenging problems.

If you have any questions about opportunities for students at SIGGRAPH 2009, please contact us. And please help spread the word by forwarding this page to other students who would be interested in participating in SIGGRAPH 2009.