Deadline: January 4, 2021 23:59 CET| Apply here
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Dates: May 25-27, 2021
Eligibility: To enroll in the Student Research Competition (SRC), you must be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission
Location: Madrid, Spain

ACM Student Research Competition 2021

The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees.

Competition overview

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 is invited to attend the SRC competition at ICSE and present his or her work: a poster presentation and a research talk.

  • First Round Competition: Poster Presentation

If you are selected to participate in the competition, you will be invited to the first round, which will take place at ICSE 2021 in Madrid, Spain.

You will present a poster describing your work to conference attendees and leading experts in the Software Engineering field, including the SRC committee. Judges will review the posters and discuss the research with participants.

  • Second Round Competition: 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 ICSE 2021 conference. After each presentation, there will be a brief question-and-answer session.

Your evaluation will be based your knowledge of your research area, the contribution of your research, and the quality of your 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. The winners of the ICSE 2021 SRC will also be invited to participate in the ACM SRC Grand Finals, where they will compete with winners from other conferences held during the calendar year.


The three winners in each category, undergraduate and graduate (Masters or PhD program), will receive a monetary award of $500, $300, and $200, respectively.

First-place undergraduate and graduate (Masters or PhD program) student winners from the SRCs held during the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals.

Each is also entitled to a travel stipend that supports attending the entire ICSE conference in Madrid, Spain!

Interested in applying for the ACM Student Research Competition 2021? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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