Guidelines: Posters

Date Due Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Time Due 23:59 in Pago Pago, American Samoa (UTC-11h)
Submission Limits 2 pages (including abstract of 250 words)
Duration 2 hours (poster session)
Submission Link SIGCSE 2016 OpenConf
Notification to Authors Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Camera-Ready Copy Sunday, December 13th (was December 9th)
Camera-Ready Instructions @ Sheridan Publishing

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 2016. 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?

Proposals are to be provided in PDF format. The full proposal contains an abstract and a body that describes your poster (as detailed below). The abstract needs to appear in two places: in the PDF proposal and in a text box on the submission page.

The full proposal is used for the review process only. If the proposal is accepted, the abstract is the description that appears on the Symposium website and in the Symposium program and proceedings. The format for the proposal is as follows.

Poster Proposal Format and Contents

  • Proposer: Include name, affiliation, email address, and website address. You should expect most correspondence related to the conference to arrive via email. Please check your spam filter if you haven’t received an expected notification because the auto-responses generated by the conference software are sometimes blocked.

  • Title: A title for the poster.

  • Abstract: A description of the poster. The same abstract will also need to be submitted via a text box on the submission page. Please be sure that your description is accurate and that both submitted copies (here in the poster proposal, and in the submission text box) are exactly the same.

  • 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. You should also justify how your poster will engage participants in discussion. This information can help your proposal to be selected if resources become an issue.

  • Content: A description of the expected content of the poster.

Poster Abstract

The abstract is the description of the poster that will appear on the conference web pages. The description is limited to 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.)

Sample Proposal

How Do I Submit My Proposal?

Write your submission using the format specified above.

Convert your paper into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page page for assistance.

Details regarding submission upload will be made available when the submission system goes online.

The opening of submissions will be announced through the SIGCSE mailing list, social media, and the front page of this website.

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By SIGCSE policy, at least one contributor is required to register, attend and present a . See our full policy for more information.


If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the SIGCSE 2016 Posters Wrangler.