The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
March 4-7, 2009, Chattanooga, TN USA

Poster Submission Guidelines

NOTE: By SIGCSE policy, at least one author of each accepted poster is required to register for the conference, and to present the poster during the assigned poster session.

*   Important Dates for Poster Authors   *

  Submission Deadline:   October 27, 2008
  Author Notification:   November 22, 2008
  Updates to Titles, Authors, & Abstracts Due:   December 5, 2008

What is a Poster?

Posters provide an opportunity for an informal presentation featuring "give and take" with conference attendees. Presenting a poster is also a good way in which to discuss and receive feedback on a work in progress that has not been fully developed into a paper.

Posters should not be previously published or a previous poster.

Poster proposal review is not blind.

Graduate or undergraduate students submitting posters may instead wish to submit to the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) held at SIGCSE 2009. Like normal posters, SRC posters are displayed at the conference, but the top poster authors also present their work and may win prizes and proceed to the international ACM Student Research Competition.

Poster Topic Ideas

The topic of a poster presentation is not limited. However, the topic should lend itself to presentation in poster format with additional details available in a handout or URL. You might consider a poster presentation of teaching materials that you would like to share or preliminary research findings, such as:

  • imaginative assignments
  • innovative curriculum design
  • laboratory materials
  • effective ideas for recruiting and retaining students
  • computing education research that is in a preliminary stage

Suggestions for poster design are given in Research Posters 101. (Although these suggestions were published for student researchers, the ideas are also applicable to posters for this conference.)

Poster Presentation

Poster presentations at SIGCSE will be competitive and if your proposal is accepted, your poster will be displayed for a 2-hour time period Friday during the conference. You will be expected to "present" your poster at that time. At least one author for each accepted poster must register for and attend the conference. The space available for your poster will be 4 feet high by 8 feet wide with a small shelf below. Power sources are not available.

How Should The Proposal Be Formatted?

Poster proposals consist of two documents: The full poster proposal (submitted in PDF format) and a poster abstract (description) which must be entered into a text box on the submission page. The full proposal is used for review and includes a copy of the poster abstract. The format for the proposal should be as follows.

  1. Poster Proposal Format (limited to 2 pages)

    Your proposal should include as much of the following information as possible. Please limit your proposal to two (2) pages. A list of the poster titles and authors will be included in the conference proceedings and the program. Poster proposals are not published.

    1. Proposer: Include name, address, phone and fax numbers, email address (expect most correspondence by email), WWW address (if applicable), etc. This item does not count in the page limit. Poster proposals do not undergo blind review, so this information should be included.
    2. Statement of Topic: A short title.
    3. Significance and Relevance of the Topic: Please include information about any trends in relation to the topic and possibly describe (or cite) evidence to that effect. Your objective here is to explain why the topic is significant. This information can help your proposal to be selected if resources become an issue.
    4. Content: A description of the expected content of the poster.
    5. Abstract (Description): The abstract is a short (100 word) description of your poster.
  2. Poster Abstract (limited to 100 words)

    The abstract is the description of the poster that will appear on the conference web pages. The description is limited to 100 words and must match verbatim the abstract section of the Poster Proposal. The poster abstract must be submitted in plain text. The abstract for an accepted proposal may contain a URL with more information. (Abstracts of accepted posters can be edited in response to reviews.)

How Do I Submit My Proposal?

Electronic Submissions:

  1. Write your proposal document using the format specified above.
  2. Convert your document into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page for assistance.
  3. Submit your document and 100-word text abstract description using the online Poster Submission Form. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your document because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!
  4. Make note of the poster ID number and password assigned to your submission. You will receive an e-mail message confirmation. Spam filters sometimes trap these automatically generated messages so you may need to check your spam trap for the confirmation and later, acceptance or rejection notification.
  5. After receiving confirmation, go to the Author Verification Form to review your submission for accuracy. Send e-mail to Cheryl Seals ( ) or Kurt Eiselt ( ) if there are any problems. Warning! Several authors have reported problems viewing their PDF files using Internet Explorer. If you experience similar problems, it is best to download the file and use Acrobat Reader directly.

Deadline: All electronic submissions must be received by October 27, 2008.

Questions? Please contact:

Cheryl Seals and Kurt Eiselt
SIGCSE 2009 Posters Co-Chairs

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