SQT Spring 2016

Welcome to ACM Student Quick Takes

Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of Student Quick Takes. ACM Student Quick Takes (SQT) is a quarterly email newsletter geared specifically toward the needs of ACM Student Members. Each issue highlights ACM activities, programs, and offerings of interest.

 

•  Welcome, New Student Chapters

•  Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School

•  Apply for ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships

•  ACM Student Chapter Excellence Program: Apply by April 20!

•  2016 ACM-ICPC

•  Student Research Competition

•  Free ACM Student Materials

•  Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?

•  Get Involved with XRDS!

•  Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences

•  Ambassadors for ACM Program

•  Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School

•  ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

•  New Books and Videos Added to Safari Books Online Library

•  The 4th Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF)

•  Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network

•  Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS

Welcome, New Student Chapters!
ACM is delighted to welcome these new chapters from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • ABES ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Alyamamah University ACM Student Chapter
  • Auburn University at Montgomery ACM Student Chapter
  • AUCA ACM Student Chapter
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering ACM-W Student Chapter
  • BMCC ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Brigham Young University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Cartagena ACM Chapter
  • Chennai ACM-W Chapter
  • COMSATS IIT Attock ACM Student Chapter
  • Concordia University Wisconsin ACM-W Student Chapter
  • CUST ACM Student Chapter
  • Davenport University ACM Student Chapter
  • De Anza College ACM Student Chapter
  • De Anza College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • De La Salle-College of St. Benilde ACM Student Chapter
  • Drexel University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • DYPIET ACM Student Chapter
  • Earlham College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • El Camino College ACM Student Chapter
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University ACM Student Chapter
  • Florida State University ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter
  • Hampton University ACM Student Chapter
  • IIT Ropar ACM Student Chapter
  • Illinois Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Indiana University - Bloomington ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania ACM Student Chapter
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Álamo Temapache ACM Student Chapter
  • KLNCIT ACM Student Chapter
  • KSRCAS ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Lehigh University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter
  • MITM ACM Student Chapter
  • Muscat College ACM Student Chapter
  • MVGR College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter
  • National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal ACM Student Chapter
  • NED University of Engineering and Technology ACM Student Chapter
  • New York City College of Technology ACM Student Chapter
  • New York Metro ACM Chapter
  • NYIT ACM Student Chapter
  • Oral Roberts University ACM Student Chapter
  • RHU ACM Student Chapter
  • Saint Peter's University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Santa Clara University ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter
  • Shanghai IOT ACM Chapter
  • SNS College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter
  • Sree Buddha College of Engineering ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Stanley College of Engineering and Technology for Women ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Texas A&M University Kingsville ACM Student Chapter
  • The College of St. Scholastica ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Universidad de Cuenca ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Lahore ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Michigan - Flint ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha ACM Student Chapter
  • University of New Orleans ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of Utah ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Vimal Jyothi Engineering College ACM Student Chapter
  • WCE ACM Student Chapter
  • Western Michigan University ACM Student Chapter
  • Windhoek ACM Chapter
  • Windhoek ACM SIGCHI Chapter
  • Wroclaw ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter

 

Start an ACM Student Chapter at Your School
Take initiative and start an ACM Student Chapter at your school today! A Student Chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further your professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise. Benefits include scholarship and recognition programs as well as access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry! Learn how you can start a Student Chapter in 4 easy steps and get more info at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

Apply for ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships
ACM SIGHPC (Special Interest Group on High-Performance Computing) and Intel are offering a new international program of graduate fellowships in computational and data science. Submissions for the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships are due April 30, 2016. The goal of this new graduate fellowship is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field. The program will support students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world. Interested students can find more information on the fellowships, including a description of the online nomination process, at http://www.sighpc.org/fellowships.

ACM Student Chapter Excellence Program: Apply by April 20!
It's that time of year again! The ACM Student Chapter Excellence Program recognizes outstanding ACM student chapters in the following five areas:-Chapter Activities, Chapter Website, Recruitment Program, Community Service, and School Service. Winning chapters in each of these categories will receive $500 and a Certificate of Recognition. These chapters will be recognized on the ACM student chapter website and in ACM MemberNet. To be considered for one or more of these awards, ACM student chapters must submit an application to local_activities@acm.org by April 20, 2016. For more information, please visit http://www.acm.org/chapters/student-chapter-excellence-awards.

2016 ACM-ICPC
Did your school participate in the 2015 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC)? The contest is a multitier, team-based programming competition that involves a global network of universities hosting regional competitions that advance teams to the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Participation has grown to several tens of thousands of the finest students and faculty in computing disciplines at almost 2,000 universities from over 80 countries on six continents. The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability to perform under pressure. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

The upcoming ACM-ICPC World Finals take place May 15-20, 2016 in Phucket, Thailand.

Student Research Competition
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by Microsoft, is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience the research world—for many undergraduates this is a first! The SRC is a unique opportunity to:

  • Share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees
  • Rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries
  • Understand the practical applications of research
  • Perfect your communication skills
  • Win prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community
The most recent SRC winners presented at SAC 2016 (ACM Symposium on Applied Computing) in Pisa, Italy in April 2016. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Rosemary Koikara, Kyungpook National University, South Korea, for "A 3D-Cellular Automata based Pseudo-random Number Generator." 2nd place went to Amir Atabekov, Kennesaw State University, for "Internet of Things-Based Smart Classroom Environment." And 3rd place went to Masoud Reyhani Hamedani, Hanyang University, South Korea, for "An Efficient and Effective Link-based Similarity Measure in Social and Information Network."

Next two open calls for submissions are for SIGGRAPH 2016, July 24-28, 2016, with a deadline of April 26, 2016 and for FSE 2016, November 13-19, 2016, with a deadline of June 15, 2016. See all open calls for submission here. More information at http://src.acm.org.

 

Free ACM Student Materials
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

 

Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?
Find a wealth of useful information at ACM's Online Resources for Graduating Students, including Resume tips, Job Board links, and more at: http://www.acm.org/education/resources-for-grads.

If you are a Student Member transitioning to a Professional Member, we want to help—please take advantage of ACM's special discounted offer available to you by visiting: http://www.acm.org/membership/student-transition.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Don't miss out on the Spring 2016 Issue issue of XRDS, which focuses on digital fabrication. Inside you will find a range of articles tackling topics such as the tension between artistic style and computational control in digital design and fabrication; integrating human personalization into digital fabrication; making the design and production of animated, mechanical characters accessible to the public, and much more. To submit for the Fall 2016 issue on Quantum Computing, email the editors at xrds@acm.org.

There are also currently several opportunities to get involved with the XRDS: Crossroads team. Whether your strengths lie in writing, editing, photography, or you want to list an event in the calendar-there is a place for you to make good use of your talents.

For more information, visit: http://xrds.acm.org/get-involved.cfm.

Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
Faculty members can order complimentary ACM materials for distribution to students interested in the computing field. Items include ACM student membership brochures and posters, as well as flyers featuring ACM's Digital Library, Code of Ethics, and student chapters, among others. Place your order using our easy online form and we will fulfill your request promptly! To order free ACM student membership materials go to http://campus.acm.org/public/brochures/sb_control.cfm?refpg=f.

 

Ambassadors for ACM Program
The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM. The program offers opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral. The top two recruiters will receive a Grand Prize.

With access to Communications of the ACM, eBooks and videos, a new streamlined courses program for online learning, and the Digital Library, ACM offers more tools than ever to empower members to succeed in their chosen fields. Please share this news with friends and colleagues.

For more information, as well as recruitment membership applications, visit the Ambassadors for ACM site: http://www.acm.org/membership/ambassadors-for-acm.

Book a Distinguished Speaker for Your School
ACM provides colleges and universities with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry. Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government, speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today, especially those relevant to your student chapter. (However, you don't have to be a student chapter to request a speaker.) Visit http://dsp.acm.org/ for more information. Site info is now available in French, German, Russian, and Spanish!

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W), provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. This exposure to the Computer Science research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. Students can apply an unlimited number of times; however, once a student receives an award, she is no longer eligible for future ACM-W scholarships.

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG.

For an application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page: http://women.acm.org/scholarship.

New Books and Videos Added to Safari Books Online Library
Check out the latest book and video titles from Safari Books Online, recently added to the ACM Learning Center eBook collection. You'll find new and updated coverage of topics such Android Programming, AngularJS, Apache Spark, Big Data, CISSP, Docker, Data Science, Fucntional Programming, Go, Hadoop, Haskell, iOS 9 and Swift, Linux, Microservices, Python, R Programming, and Spring.

For a list of all the books and videos being removed from and added to our eBook library visit http://learning.acm.org/safariswap.cfm. See our full collection of eBooks at http://learning.acm.org/books/ebooks_catalog.cfm.

The 4th Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum
The 4th Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum, which is taking place September 18-23, 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany, provides a unique opportunity for luminaries in the fields of computer science and mathematics to meet with and inspire the best and brightest of young researchers from around the world. The week-long event focuses on scientific inspiration and exchange through a series of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and social events.

Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
ACM's partnership with the Teradata University Network enables student members to access complimentary software from Teradata, MicroStrategy, SAS, Tableau, and other software tools, as well as datasets, case studies, free certification training, and other content. Currently present in 98 countries and accessed by students from over 1,700 universities, Teradata University Network (TUN) offers a unique learning and teaching experience that is supported by distinguished academics around the world. TUN provides hands-on training in combination with technical expertise. The goal of TUN is to challenge students to become innovative thinkers who know how to use data warehousing to create and enhance business value. TUN prepares its students for a competitive marketplace through offering corporate reality experience using Teradata data warehousing technology, and providing access to resources that would otherwise be overwhelmingly expensive for universities to develop and maintain. TUN is a free web-based portal for both faculty and the students, and supports students at undergraduate and graduate levels. To gain access to TUN resources visit http://learning.acm.org/courses/tun.cfm.

Site Links Students to Grad School Application Info, Summer Research Opportunities in CS
The Computing Research Association (CRA) offers a unique website for undergraduates in computing fields hoping to learn more about summer research opportunities as well as the process for applying to graduate school in computer science. Please visit the site at http://conquer.cra.org/, where you'll find:

  • A section on what graduate school in computer science is all about (including frequently-asked-questions with answers by current graduate students and faculty).
  • Information, advice, and insights on how to apply to graduate school in computer science (including another set of FAQs with answers by students who have just been through the process, as well as faculty).