How to Start a SIG Student Chapter

Students join ACM-SIG chapters as a way of connecting to the study and practice of these special interests. Chapter members collaborate with fellow students and with distinguished faculty in research, conferences, and outreach. Student SIG chapters are particularly appropriate for graduate and PhD students.

Start an ACM SIG Student Chapter in 4 easy steps. If you are a SIGGRAPH Chapter, read the ACM SIGGRAPH "Starting a Chapter" webpage, and contact the ACM SIGGRAPH Professional and Student Chapters Committee to understand the fundamentals of running a chapter.

* Entries made during the application process may be saved and completed at a later time by visiting the URL sent to the chapter email address.

Step 1:  Enter chapter name, chapter email address, chapter type, and chapter sub-type.

Step 2: Enter the names of three individuals to serve as Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. These individuals must be ACM Student Members and relevant SIG Members. In addition, a Faculty Sponsor with an  ACM  Professional Membership and relevant SIG Membership is required. 

SIGGRAPH Chapter: Enter the names of four individuals to serve as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. These individuals must be ACM Student Members and Student SIGGRAPH Members. In addition, a Faculty Sponsor with an ACM Professional Membership and SIGGRAPH Membership is required.

Step 3: Enter chapter contact information (postal address and phone number).

Step 4: Enter the names of at least ten (10) individuals willing to carry out the chapter's mission and participate in activities.  A CSV file (comma-separated values) containing the last name, middle, first name, and email addresses of these members will be required through the automated charting application (Example: "Doe," "John," ""). You may also enter each member name individually.

Once the completed application is submitted, SIG chapter’s require additional approval by volunteers; this secondary approval process will take up to 2 weeks. You will be notified via email on the approval of your chapter.

FOR UNITED STATES CHAPTERS:  The IRS requires chapters operating in the United States to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN). The EIN will serve as proof of a chapter’s nonprofit status and allow ACM to include the chapter in our annual group filing with the IRS. ACM will request an EIN on your behalf which you will receive upon chartering.

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Chapter-in-a-Box: Everything You Need to Run and Grow Your ACM Chapter

Chapter-in-a-Box contains the resources required for organizing and maintaining an ACM chapter. This compilation of materials and practices includes advice about recruiting members, ideas for activities, how-tos for running meetings and conferences, and much more.