Call for Papers

ESEC/FSE 2018 will host an ACM Student Research Competition (SRC,, sponsored by Microsoft Research. This competition offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique forum to experience the research world, present their research results to conference attendees, and compete for prizes. The ACM SRC at ESEC/FSE 2018 consists of three parts: (1) research abstract submission, (2) poster presentation, and (3) a research talk. The first-place winners of the competition will be invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

Participate in this exciting competition: Submit your work to the ACM Student Research Competition at ESEC/FSE 2018. Win a travel stipend to attend the ESEC/FSE conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA!

How to Participate: Submit a Research Abstract

To participate in the competition, submit a 2-page research abstract related to the main themes of the conference (see the Research Track for a list of conference topics). The submission should describe: the research problem and motivation, background and related work, approach and uniqueness, results, and contributions. Papers will be judged based on how well they cover these aspects of the work.

The research abstract must conform at time of submission to the ESEC/FSE 2018 Format and Submission Guidelines, and must not exceed 2 pages, including all text, appendices, and figures. However, please note that for this SRC, references do not count against the page limit: the list of references may expand into a third page but no content (text, figures) is allowed on the third page, i.e., the third page, if any, should contain nothing except all or part of your references. All submissions must be in English. Submissions must be in PDF format. Papers must be submitted electronically through the ESEC/FSE SRC submission site by June 15, 2018. A panel of experts will review the submissions and select the students to participate in the Student Research Competition, which will be held at ESEC/FSE 2018 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. Accepted submissions will be published in the conference electronic proceedings, which will also be available as a printed proceedings.

Students who are selected to participate in the main competition at the ESEC/FSE conference round are entitled to a stipend for their travel expenses, up to a maximum of US$500.

First Round Competition: Present a Poster

The first round of the competition will take place in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA at the ESEC/FSE 2018 conference and will be a poster session. This is your opportunity to present your research to conference attendees and leading experts in the software engineering fields, including the SRC committee.

Judges will review the posters and speak to participants about their research. The judges will evaluate the research (quality, novelty, and significance) and the presentation of the research (poster, discussion) and select students to advance to the second round of the competition.

Please Note: For posters we require the poster to be 24 x 36 inches in portrait format.

Second Round Competition: Give a Presentation

Select students will continue by giving a short presentation of their research before a panel of judges in a special session at the ESEC/FSE 2018 conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. After each presentation, there will be a short question and answer session. Evaluations are based on the presenter’s knowledge of his/her research area, contribution of the research, and the quality of the oral and visual presentation. At most three winners will be chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate, and receive prizes.

The SRC Grand Finals

The first-place winner in each category (undergraduate and graduate) from the SRC held at ESEC/FSE 2018 will advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of judges evaluates the winners of all SRCs held during the calendar year against each other via the web. Three undergraduates and three graduates will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners. They are invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they receive formal recognition.


The top three winners in each category (undergraduate and graduate) will be recognized during the conference and will receive prizes of US$500, US$300, and US$200, respectively. The first-place winners of the ESEC/FSE SRC are also invited to compete with winners from other conferences in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.


Participants must be undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. Participants must be current student members of the ACM, and must provide their ACM member number. Supervisors of the work may not be listed as co-authors; you must submit a single-authored version of your work for the competition.

For More Information

For additional information, visit the official ACM Student Research Competition website For questions, please contact Gustavo Soares.