September 30, 2019

Student Program

PEARC20 will now be a virtual conference due to travel restrictions and health concerns from COVID-19. Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing more details around the structure of the conference after we receive feedback from the community. You can read our most recent announcement around this decision at

PEARC20 will offer a dynamic student program designed to bring together a broad and diverse group of researchers, students, and prospective users including significant participation from under-represented groups and new disciplines.

The student program will provide students with a range of opportunities to participate in both student activities and the full technical program so that they may share their research efforts and gain insights and inspiration from like-minded individuals at the conference.

Student Activities

Papers & Posters

Student Posters and Papers: Student papers and posters provide a platform for students to meet others both in and out of your field during the PEARC20 program as well as a chance to discuss your work in greater detail with conference attendees and exhibitors. Student posters offer a great opportunity to share your research and network with people both inside and out of your field.  Enjoy the conversation and consider new angles and ideas related to your research topic. 

Mentor Program

Student Mentor Program: The Student Mentor program aims to foster the next generation of science and technology leaders. The program focuses on connecting each mentee to a professional, who will be a resource for the mentee during the PEARC20 conference and following months. The conference mentors’ primary role is to help their students work towards a career goal by sharing personal experiences, directing them to useful resources, and providing them networking opportunities in the field of Advanced Research Computing. Mentors facilitate learning as their protégés advance in their objectives and reflect on their challenges and accomplishments.


Student Tutorials: Practical hands-on experience in research computing through workshops and tutorials in a wide range of areas, including machine learning, data analytics, and scientific programming.

Speed Networking

Speed Networking: The Speed Networking session will allow students to meet one-on-one with representatives from the PEARC20 exhibitors and to share their enthusiasm for advanced computing, visualization, data analysis, and research. In this round robin-style event, students meet with exhibitors virtually. Bring your resume and your “personal elevator pitch” – we want you to make a good impression!


Student Volunteers: The Student Volunteer Program is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at conference activities and network with other students who are passionate about advanced research computing. As a student volunteer, you will have an all-access pass to the conference program and tutorials. By helping to support the conference, you will have a unique opportunity to meet and learn from leading researchers, professionals, and educators. Students with a passion for leadership and service are encouraged to apply for this exclusive opportunity!

Extra Life

Student Connection – Extra Life: Virtual gameplay will be open to all conference attendees on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Extra Life presents an opportunity to provide an interactive social event for students – especially in this time of remote work, and also provide benefit to the community. Extra Life allows interactive gaming on a variety of platforms. Gamers can sign up to get donations which then go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


Awards and ACM Conference Proceedings: Students will have an opportunity to win a Best Student Poster and/or Best Student Paper for their contributed work. Plus, all student accepted submissions are eligible for publication in the conference proceedings.

Student Submissions

Key dates:

  • February: 
    • February 24th: Student technical track full paper submissions due
  • April
    • April 17th: Student technical paper track author notifications
  • May
    • May 1st: Student posters submissions due
    • Early May: Poster author notifications
    • May 18th: All camera-ready submissions due

EasyChair Submission:


All student submissions should follow the general submission instructions in the Call for Participation and clearly indicate their relevance to Advanced Research Computing. Student technical papers and posters have the following additional qualification requirements:

Student papers: Submissions must have a student lead author and a student presenter if accepted. submission deadline is February 24th, 2020. Student submissions must include a full paper of 4-8 pages following the ACM templateSubmissions should be submitted here:  EasyChair.  Technical paper proposals that are not accepted for oral presentation at PEARC20 will automatically be considered as a poster presentation without further action by the submitter.

Student Posters: To qualify as a student poster, the primary author must be a student, and the work must be primarily theirs. At least one student author of an accepted student poster must attend the conference to present the work. Student poster submissions should be 2-4 pages in length and use the ACM template. When submitting to EasyChair, submit your 2-4 page paper as a PDF (.pdf), and (optional) include a draft of the poster in the PDF file as the last page. The poster will not be included in the 2-4 page paper limits. The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2020 (April 24th, 2020).

Student Program Committee

Chair: Elizabett Hillery
Purdue University

Co-Chair: Laura Theademan
Purdue University

Local Student Program Co-Chair: Mandy Terrill
Oregon Health & Science University

Local Student Program Co-Chair: William Garrick
Portland State University

Posters and Papers Chair: Sai Ramadugu
University of Iowa

Speed Networking Co-Chair: Ron Payne
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Speed Networking Co-Chair: Susan Sons
Indiana University

Student Advisor: Sajid Ali
Northwestern University

Student Chair: Winona Snapp-Childs
Indiana University

Student Mentor Chair: Alper Kinaci
Northwestern University

Student Mentor Co-Chair: Wesley Dewitt
Purdue University

Volunteer Program Chair: Ken Hackworth
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Volunteer Program Co-Chair: Alexa Salsbury
Virginia Tech

Visualization Showcase Liaison: Aaron Weeden

Further Information and Questions

Have questions about the Student Program? Contact us at [email protected].