ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences

The ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated six times each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences. The ACM Scholarships are made possible nowadays by the generous support of Google and Oracle. The program was started in 2013 by Elaine Weyuker and has been run without any funding interruptions since then.

The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. The full collection of previous reports from the students awarded scholarships  can be found now at https://women.acm.org/scholars/acm-w-scholars/.

This month, almost eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to introduce the two winners of the Scholarship Awards last round. Yes, academia is still trying to cope with the new reality of the pandemic, and many conferences decided to hold virtual meetings only. Many conferences have decreased their fees, some have not. As we mentioned in our last newsletter in September the Committee has decided to keep judging and granting scholarships, if students need them. In  the last newsletter, the committee has also communicated its decision to open the application process to women students working on computing on interdisciplinary environments.

Thus we are pleased to announce the award granted in the last round of discussions to Bhavya Peapully Shroff, from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) to attend ICIS,  the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2020 and to Jiayi Li from UCLA, Dept of Statistics, to attend NeurIPS 2020, the Thirty-fourth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.

We hope all of you and yours are healthy and well!

The next application deadline is December 15 for conferences taking place February, 1st—March 31st, 2021.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, bono@di.unito.it