September 30, 2019

Student Program

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 Submissions

Key dates:

  • February: 
    • February 24th: Student technical track full paper submissions due
  • April
    • April 17th: Student technical paper track author notifications
    • April 24th: Student posters submissions due 
  • May
    • May 5th: Poster author notifications
    • May 15th: All camera-ready submissions due

  • June
    • June 1st: Student program and travel support applications due
    • June 15th: Student program and travel support application notification

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. To be included in the PEARC20 conference proceedings, your paper must be 4 pages in length. The maximum presentation space for posters is 3.5 ft (1.1 m) wide by 4 ft (1.2 m) tall. The deadline for submissions is April 24th, 2020. Submissions should be submitted here:  EasyChair.

Student Program and Travel Support Application

Are you a student and would like to participate in the Student Program and/or receive travel support to attend PEARC20? Click the “Apply here” button below to complete the application. All applications must be completed before June 1st, 2020.

Students with papers or posters accepted to the PEARC20 program and/or full-time students will be given priority. Funding is only available to cover costs of airfare, shared lodging, and registration fees. Partial funding from a student’s institution is requested.  Students will be notified of their application status by June 15, 2020.

Student Activities

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. 

Student Mentor Program: The aim of the Student Mentor program is to foster the next generation of scientists and science leaders. With a focus on connecting the mentee to the PEARC20 conference, provide the mentee with networking opportunities during the conference, and allowing the mentee to learn more about Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing. The conference mentor’s primary role will be to help guide his/her student through the conference and to share his/her personal experiences in the field of Advanced Research Computing. Mentors are expected to share their advice, help their students select sessions, introduce their students to others, explain research being presented, and be a familiar face at the conference.

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: 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 move around to the exhibitors’ tables and meet them in two-minute rounds. 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!

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 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

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