SQT Summer 2016

Welcome to ACM Student Quick Takes

Welcome to the Summer 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 the 2016 Cutler-Bell Prize

•  ACM Student Chapter Excellence Program: Congratulations!

•  2016 ACM-ICPC World Finals Results

•  Volunteer Your Computing Skills for a Social Good with ACM and SocialCoder

•  Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences

•  Did You Recently Graduate? Are You Graduating Soon?

•  Get Involved with XRDS!

•  Couldn't Attend a Recent Webinar? Watch them at Your Convenience!

•  Student Research Competition

•  ACM Members are among the 2016-17 Tau Beta Pi Scholars!

•  Free ACM Student Materials

•  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 ACM eBooks Catalog

•  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:

  • ADA University ACM Student Chapter
  • Alfred State College ACM Student Chapter
  • Amity-Gwalior ACM Student Chapter
  • Amrita School of Engineering/Amritapuri ACM Student Chapter
  • Bharat Institute of Engineering and Technology ACM Student Chapter
  • Bucknell University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • BUITEMS ACM Student Chapter
  • California Polytechnic State University Pomona ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Calvin College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Carleton College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Clemson University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Columbus State University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • CSU East Bay ACM-W Student Chapter
  • FISAT ACM Student Chapter
  • FUTA ACM Student Chapter
  • GCE Karad ACM Student Chapter
  • Habib University ACM Student Chapter
  • Harare Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter
  • IFPB ACM Student Chapter
  • IIIT-Sricity ACM Student Chapter
  • Manipal University ACM Student Chapter
  • McMaster University ACM Student Chapter
  • Minnesota State University Mankato ACM Student Chapter
  • Monmouth University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Nazeer Hussain University ACM Student Chapter
  • Nazeer Hussain University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • New York City College of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter
  • North Carolina A&T State University ACM Student Chapter
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Presbyterian College ACM Student Chapter
  • Rowan University ACM Student Chapter
  • Rowan University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University DoT ACM Student Chapter
  • Snow College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Tufts University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of Bath ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University Of Minnesota ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Munich ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Toronto iSchool ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Victoria ACM-W Student Chapter
  • UOIT ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Walla Walla University ACM Student Chapter
  • ZIBACAR ACM-W Student 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 here.

Apply for the 2016 Cutler-Bell Prize
ACM and CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) are excited to announce the opening of the 2016 Cutler-Bell Prize for Excellence in High School Computing contest. This prize seeks to promote and encourage the field of computer science as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside the traditional classroom environment. Applications will be accepted May 1 - November 1. More information on the award, including a description of the online nomination process, can be found here. Winners are expected to be announced in January of 2017.

ACM Student Chapter Excellence Program: Congratulations!
A huge round of applause to our Student Chapter Excellence Program winners! These outstanding ACM student chapters excelled in the following five areas:

 

2016 ACM-ICPC - World Finals Results
The 2016 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) results are in and St. Petersburg State University came in at first place with 11 questions solved in 1560 minutes! Did your school participate? 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.

View the full World Finals results!

Volunteer Your Computing Skills for a Social Good with ACM and SocialCoder
You can use your technical skills for social good and offer volunteer support on software development projects to organizations who could not otherwise afford it. SocialCoder connects volunteer programmers/software developers with registered charities and helps match them to suitable projects based on their skills, experience, and the causes they care about. Learn more about ACM's new partnership with SocialCoder, and how you can get involved.

Apply for N²Women Fellowship to Attend Conferences
N2Women is pleased to announce the continuation of our N2 Women Young Researched Fellowship Awards. These awards will partially cover a young researcher's travel cost to a meeting where a N2Women event will be held. In exchange, the young researcher must help organize the N2Women meeting. An additional benefit of doing the organization is for the young researcher to connect with the organizers of the conference who are, typically, leaders in the research field. For more information please visit our site here. Fill out the online application form to apply.

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 San Francisco, United States in June 2016. In the Graduate category, 1st place went to Swarnendu Biswas, Ohio State University, United States, for "Valor: Efficient, Software-Only Region Conflict Exceptions". 2nd place went to Thomas Degueule, INRIA, France for "Interperability and Composition of DSLs with Melange". And 3rd place went to Christopher Theisen, North Carolina State University, United States, for "Risk-Based Attack Surface Approximation". Next two open calls for submissions are for SAC 2017, March 27-31, 2017, with a deadline of September 15, 2016 and for SIGSPATIAL 2016, October 31- November 4, 2016, with a deadline of August 15, 2016. See all open calls for submission here. More information on the SRC site.

ACM Members Are Among the 2016-17 Tau Beta Pi Scholars!
Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, recently announced the selection of 210 scholars from 791 applicants for undergraduate study during the 2016-2017 academic year. All Tau Beta Pi Scholarships are awarded on the competitive criteria of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contribution to the engineering profession. Five of the scholars are ACM members!

 

  • Christine H. Chen - University of Portland, Computer Science
  • Roger A. Lyengar - Washington University, Computer Science
  • Dylan R. Madisetti - University of South Carolina, Mechanical Engineering
  • Chanh P. Nguyen - Lehigh University, Computer Science & Business
  • Eduardo Rodriguez Macrillante - University of Toledo, Electrical Engineering
  • Learn more about Tau Beta Pi and the Scholarship Program on their site. View the full list of winners here.

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 please fill out this form.

 

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 on our resources page.

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 our membership page.

Get Involved with XRDS!
Don't miss out on the Summer 2016 Issue of XRDS, which focuses on how to decolonialize computing, the participation of Africans in the global HCI community and the ways in which globalization has changed cultures and given rise to new identities. To submit for the Winter 2016 issue on Future of Work, email the editors at xrds@acm.org. Submissions are due by September 2, 2016.

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 the XRDS site.

Couldn't Attend a Recent Webinar? Watch Them at Your Convenience!
ACM keeps you at the cutting edge of the latest technical and technological developments with our popular ACM Learning Webinar Series. Below are our most recent webinars in case you've missed them, all archived and available on demand. Even if you weren't able to attend these live, you are still able to keep up to date with the hottest topics in computing. Visit our site for the full list.

 

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.

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 here 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.

The next application deadline is August 15. For an application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.

New Books and Videos Added to ACM eBook Catalog
In recent months, hundreds of new titles have been added to the Skillsoft Books collection. Below are just some of the topics from the recently added titles:

 

  • Artifical Intelligence
  • C# 6.0 and .NET 4.6
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CISSP (latest editions)
  • CompTIA Network+ Security+
  • Data Security
  • Java and Java OCA
  • Probablity and Statistics
  • Python
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Web Design
  • To access these and more than 3,700 Skillsoft Learning Collections eBooks, visit the ACM eBook Catalog. To jump directly to particular subject areas, visit the Skillsoft Learning Collections page.

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 here.

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, 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).