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Please note that upon acceptance authors will be required to complete the ACM rights form, fill in the copyright information in their document, and submit their final version within 48 hours of its being requested.


January 5th, 2011: As the conference went fully virtual, the chairs wrote a blog post about the changes to the selection process. Please note that the initial submission format does NOT change and the content on this page is unchanged.


Submission Details


  • Authorship limit: All authors must be students. Graduate student submissions can only have only one author (by ACM policy), but undergraduate team projects may have multiple authors. For multiple-author submissions, one author must be designated to present the poster.
  • Online submission: PCS Submission System
  • Template: ACM Master Article Submission Templates (single column).  Note that we eliminate the old CHI extended abstract format (landscape) and use the same format as full papers.
  • Submission Format: Publication Ready Source Files, non-anonymized 8-page paper, poster, and proof of student status. Note: For this venue, references DO NOT count towards page length.


Selection Process: Juried


Chairs: Jun Kato, Nolwenn Maudet (


At the Conference: For accepted submission one of the authors will give a poster presentation. Based on the juried poster session, a group of students will advance to the next round and be invited to give a short talk. Please see the Information for Poster Presenters for poster requirements.


After the conference: accepted submissions will appear in the Extended Abstracts proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.


Highlights about the Student Research Competition


  • We will be asking our reviewers to pay particular attention to the quality of the poster, including the appropriate level of detail and quality of graphic design.
  • We strongly encourage participation from undergraduate students – you are judged in a separate category from graduate students, so please submit your work!


Message from the Student Research Competition Chairs


The Student Research Competition (SRC) is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes at CHI 2021. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the CHI SRC competition is a branch of the ACM Student Research Competition which hosts similar competitions at other ACM conferences.


The Student Research Competition has the following goals:

  • to give undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to share their research ideas and results at CHI in a special forum that provides visibility for their work
  • to give students the opportunity to meet with and interact with CHI attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible practical applications
  • to give students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills
  • to provide detailed feedback to students about their research and presentation, from a panel of distinguished judges from industry and academia
  • to recognize and reward outstanding student research -- up to US $500 prize, a medal, complementary ACM student membership, invitation to the annual ACM Awards Banquet along with prestigious ACM award winners, and more!


Participants must be students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. The contest has two categories, one for undergraduate research and the other for graduate research. Three winners will be selected in each category. Research completed while the student was an undergraduate may be submitted to the undergraduate category even if the student is now a first-year graduate student. Each graduate-level competition entry must be authored by one student only – neither supervisors or other students are allowed as co-authors. For work accepted to the CHI 2021 Student Research Competition, a travel grant of up to US $500 will be awarded to help cover travel expenses to the conference. While the student must be an ACM member to qualify for travel funding and awards, she/he does not need to be one to submit to the competition.


The top three winners at CHI 2021 in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will receive prizes of US $500, US $300, and US $200, respectively. All winners will receive a medal and two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library. Winners will be recognized during the closing plenary session of the CHI 2021 conference. The first-place winners will also go on to compete in the ACM grand finals with winners from other ACM conferences. There is a chance for them to attend the Annual ACM Awards Banquet to have a dinner with the Turing Award winners.


Jun Kato, AIST & Arch Inc., Japan

Nolwenn Maudet, University of Strasbourg, France


Preparing your Student Research Competition Submission


A submission to the Student Research Competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research in any of the topic areas covered by CHI. Even if the research was completed under the supervision of a supervisor, the submission must be authored by the graduate student alone (no co-authors – even other graduate students – are allowed). For undergraduate students, a group of undergraduate students who worked together on a project can submit the research with all their names on it, but all students must be undergraduates and the faculty advisor cannot be listed as an author. Submissions should be original work that is neither in submission elsewhere nor already published in CHI or another conference or journal. Papers should describe:

  • The research problem and motivation for the work
  • Background and related work
  • Novelty of the research
  • Research approach
  • Results
  • Contributions to the field of HCI


To submit:

  • Submit to the Student Research Competition category via the conference submission system (the paper must be a maximum length of 8 pages excluding references).
  • The work (extended abstract and poster) should be submitted as PDF files no larger than 4 megabytes.
  • Your poster design should be reduced to one standard letter page in size and submitted in PDF format.
  • You must submit proof of student status by sending a note signed by your academic supervisor verifying all of the following information:
    • your university
    • whether you were a graduate (i.e., Master or PhD level) or undergraduate (i.e., Bachelor level) when the work was done
    • proof confirming that you are currently registered in an academic program full-time: Participants must be students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission.


Authors are strongly encouraged to work on improving the accessibility of their submissions, using recommendations found in the Guide to an Accessible Submission.


Selection Process for Student Research Competition


The Student Research Competition is a juried track for CHI 2021. Juried content is reviewed by a jury of experts that will evaluate the work based on its overall quality, originality, and relevance to the CHI community. While not considered archival, Student Research Competition extended abstracts will be archived in the ACM Digital Library. Publishing in the Student Research Competition will not constrain future submissions. Your abstract and poster are not considered to be a prior publication of the work for the purposes of a future CHI Paper or for a journal publication. Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • Quality of work
  • Novelty of approach
  • Significance of the contribution to the field of HCI
  • Clarity of written presentation
  • Quality of visual and oral presentation (poster)


The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work


Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference or the release of conference abstracts in the ACM Digital Library, with the exception of title and author information which will be published on the website prior to the conference. Submissions should not contain sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time.


Up to twenty-five students in total will be chosen to participate in the competition at CHI 2021.



Upon Acceptance of your Student Research Competition SUBMISSION


Authors of all accepted submissions will receive instructions on how to submit the publication-ready copy of their Extended Abstract. Deadline and instructions regarding publication-ready submissions are emailed to accepted authors. A travel grant covering expenses for travel to CHI, including conference registration, transportation, lodging, and meals, up to a limit of US $500 will be provided to each student whose submission was accepted to the Student Research Competition. In case of multiple authors, a maximum of two travel grants per submission will be granted.



At the Conference


The first round of the competition evaluates the research during a poster presentation at CHI. The presentation will be evaluated on two dimensions, given equal weight: (1) the presentation of the research, including visual aspects of the poster and the student’s verbal discussion, and (2) the research, specifically its quality, novelty, and significance of the contribution. Based on the results from the poster session, the judges will select students to advance to the second round. During the second round, students will have the opportunity to give a short presentation of their research (10 minutes) followed by a question and answer period (5 minutes), which will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced during the closing plenary.


Competition Judges


  • Daniel Rea (University of New Brunswick)
  • Debjyoti Ghosh (Hasso Plattner Institute)
  • Emeline Brulé (University of Sussex)
  • Fabrice Matulic (Preferred Networks Inc.)
  • Jessalyn Alvina (Télécom Paris)
  • Jun Rekimoto (The University of Tokyo)
  • María Jesús Lobo (IGN)
  • Minsuk Chang (Naver AI Lab)
  • Rishi Vanukuru (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)
  • Ryo Suzuki (University of Calgary)
  • Silvia Fajardo (Universidad de Colima)
  • Stacy Hsueh (Inria)
  • Vanessa Peña-Araya (Inria)
  • William Seymour (University of Oxford)


After the Conference


The first-place winners from each category will advance to the ACM Grand Finals of the Student Research Competition where the winners of several ACM conferences compete for more prizes and recognition. Accepted Student Research Competition Papers will be distributed in the CHI Conference Extended Abstracts. They will be placed in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.

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