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Anna Cavender <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 9 Jun 2008 13:05:59 -0700
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Call to all students: the deadlines for the Doctoral Consortium and the 
Student Research Competition are both June 23rd!

If you are a doctoral student and your research is complete or nearly 
complete, the Student Research Competition is a great way to get 
visibility for your work.  If you are a doctoral student and your 
research is in its early formative stages, the Doctoral Constorium is a 
great way to get some expert feedback on your ideas.


Students working on computing and information technology to help persons 
with disabilities are invited to enter the second annual SIGACCESS 
Student Research Competition.  This is an exciting opportunity for 
students to participate in an ACM conference and get visibility for 
their research.

Students wishing to participate should submit abstracts of their work, 
and up to 25 entrants will be selected for the competition. Selected 
students will receive partial support from ACM (up to $500 (USD) to 
attend the conference. At the conference, entrants will display a poster 
and make a brief presentation to a panel of judges. A small number of 
semi-finalists will be chosen by the judges to present their work in a 
conference session, and of those up to three students will be designated 
finalists by the judges, receive cash prizes and award certificates from 
the ACM, and a chance to compete in the SRC Grand Finals, whose winners 
will be recognised at the Annual ACM Awards Banquet.

Please note that the judges will look more favourably on complete, or 
nearly complete, work than research which is still in its early 
formative stages. Students at, or near, the outset of their work in this 
area are encouraged to submit to the Doctoral Consortium instead.

| Publication |

Successful entries will be published in the ASSETS 2008 proceedings.

| Submission procedure |

2-page abstracts must conform to the ACM conference format including: 
title, author information, abstract, keywords, thesis research summary, 
and references.  Submissions MUST contain substantial original, 
unpublished material and be submitted in PDF format.

For more information and submission system, go to


The consortium provides a great opportunity to doctoral students to 
share and discuss their accessibility related research with other 
students and a panel of established researchers. The consortium has the 
following objectives:

 * Provide a forum for students to present their current research and 
receive feedback;

 * Promote contacts among doctoral students working in similar areas;

 * Support students with information and advice on their research.

The Consortium will be held on Sunday 12 October 2008 in Halifax, Nova 
Scotia, Canada. Twelve students and four faculty members will be invited 
to attend and discuss each student's work in turn. The consortium will 
operate in a workshop format, providing feedback on the participants' 
current research and guidance for future progress.  Students will also 
present their work during a poster session dedicated to the work of the 
Doctoral Consortium participants that will take place during the main 

The US National Science Foundation grant has provided funding to fully 
cover hotel, and (early) conference registration expenses for the 
Doctoral Consortium participants. Airfares expenses will also be covered 
for all participants, based on estimates made in early 2008. If airfares 
increase significantly during 2008, that funding might not be entirely 
adequate, and attendees might need to cover a portion of their airfare.

The best Doctoral Consortium contribution will be chosen by a panel of 
established researchers by looking at the quality of both the research 
and the presentation given at the consortium. The winner will give a 
presentation at the main conference to address all conference delegates.

| Publication |

Following the Doctoral Consortium, the participants will be invited to 
submit revised and updated papers for publication in the January 2009 
issue of the SIGACCESS Newsletter.

| Submission procedure |

Submission checklist:

*  Cover Letter

*  Project Summary: The Research Summary must be two pages long in the 
ACM conference format including: title, author information, abstract, 
keywords, thesis research summary, and references. This extended 
abstract must clearly address:
    - The problem that the proposed research is addressing.
    - The motivation behind this research, including a broad comparison 
with the related literature.
    - The proposed solution, including a brief description of the 
proposed methodology to the solution.
    - The stage of the candidate's program of study, including status of 
the research (i.e. what has been done to date, and what still needs to 
be done).
    - The envisioned contributions to the accessibility field.
    - What the candidate hopes to gain from the Doctoral Consortium.
    - Bibliographical references.

*  Letter of Recommendation: A letter from the primary thesis 
advisor/supervisor that briefly states what the advisor/supervisor 
expects the student to gain from, and contribute to the consortium.

*  The candidate's CV: The candidate is required to submit a CV (maximum 
of 2 pages) that relates her/his background, relevant experience, and 
research accomplishments.

The Cover Letter, the Project Summary, the Letter of recommendation, and 
the candidate's CV should be submitted to the ASSETS 2008 Submission 
site as separate .pdf documents, in a single ZIP file by the deadline of 
23 June 2008. 
For more information and submission system, go to


Submissions for both Doctoral Consortium and Student Research 
Competition: June 23, 2008
Notification of acceptance: July 7, 2008
Camera-ready (for inclusion in a handout for Doctoral Consortium 
participants): August 4, 2008

| Notes |

Work accepted as a full paper for one of the technical sessions of the 
conference cannot also be considered for the Student Research 
Competition. Students having a technical paper, however, are encouraged 
to submit other research to the Student Research Competition.

Students submitting papers for the Doctoral Consortium may submit a 
different (and more complete) piece of work for the Student Research 
Competition, but may not submit the same work to both the Doctoral 
Consortium and the Student Research Competition.

Upon request, American Sign Language interpreters will be provided for 
the Doctoral Consortium and all other ASSETS events. Requests for an 
interpreter must be indicated on the conference registration form when 
registering for ASSETS 2008.

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