SQT Winter 2016

Welcome to ACM Student Quick Takes

Welcome to the Winter 2016 - 2017 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

•  SRC Winners Announced for 2016 - 2017

•  Gordon Bell Prize 2016 Winners Announced

•  ACM Student Chapter Excellence Program: Accepting Applications in Spring 2017

•  ACM India - Best Student Award 2017

•  ACM India - Doctoral Dissertation Award Winners

•  DHS Announces the 2017 Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Intiative

•  CRA-W Grad Cohort Opportunity

•  SIGAI Student Essay Contest: Submissions Due March 1, 2017

•  Free ACM Student Materials

•  Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship

•  Apply Now for Next Heidelberg Laureate Forum

•  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

•  Current and On Demand ACM Learning Webinars

•  New Books and Videos Added to Safari Books Online Library

•  Women in Technology Scholarship From StudySoup

•  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 September 30, 2016 to January 3, 2017; from all around the globe to the ACM family:

  • Ball State University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • BITS Pilani-Rajasthan ACM-W Student Chapter
  • College of Charleston ACM-W Student Chapter
  • College of San Mateo ACM Student Chapter
  • College of William & Mary ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Coppin State University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • County College of Morris ACM Student Chapter
  • CSU Northridge ACM Student Chapter
  • DIHE ACM Student Chapter
  • Dixie State University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Duzce University ACM Student Chapter
  • Evangel University ACM Student Chapter
  • Florida Polytechnic University ACM Student Chapter
  • Forman Christian College ACM Student Chapter
  • Global Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Golden Gate University ACM Student Chapter
  • Indus University ACM Student Chapter
  • Institución Universitaria Politécnico Grancolombiano ACM Student Chapter
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Hopelchén ACM Student Chapter
  • International Burch University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • International Institute of Information Technology (I²IT) ACM Student Chapter
  • Kean University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • KIIT University ACM Student Chapter
  • Lewis University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Lincoln University ACM Student Chapter
  • Louisiana State University ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter
  • Loyola University Chicago ACM Student Chapter
  • MIET ACM Student Chapter
  • MITAOE ACM Student Chapter
  • MLRITM ACM Student Chapter
  • MNM Jain Engineering College ACM Student Chapter
  • Northern New Mexico College ACM Student Chapter
  • Oregon State University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • PCAD ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter
  • PCCE ACM Student Chapter
  • PICT ACM Student Chapter
  • Royal University of Bhutan ACM Student Chapter
  • RYM Engineering College ACM Student Chapter
  • Santa Fe College ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Seattle University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • SICSR ACM Student Chapter
  • Southern Utah University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Sree Buddha College of Engineering Pathanamthitta ACM-W Student Chapter
  • SRM University ACM Student Chapter
  • SRM University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Stern College for Women ACM-W Student Chapter
  • TKMCE ACM Student Chapter
  • UIPR-Bayamon ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Hertfordshire ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Houston-Downtown ACM-W Student Chapter
  • University of New Mexico ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Stirling ACM Student Chapter
  • University of Texas at San Antonio ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Valparaiso University ACM Student Chapter
  • Valparaiso University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Vanderbilt University ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter
  • Worcester State University ACM 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 at http://www.acm.org/chapters/students.

SRC Winners Announced for 2016 - 2017
ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs), sponsored by Microsoft, offer a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The most recent SRC winners presented at FSE 2016.

Learn more about competitions on the SRC submissions page and SRC guidelines for students.

Gordon Bell Prize 2016 Winners Announced
The ACM Gordon Bell Prize tracks the progress of parallel computing and rewards innovation in applying high performance computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large- scale data analytics. ACM has named a 12-member Chinese team the recipients of the 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their research project, "10M-Core Scalable Fully-Implicit Solver for Nonhydrostatic Atmospheric Dynamics". The winning team presented a solver (method for calculating) atmospheric dynamics. For more information on the winning team please visit http://www.acm.org/media-center/2016/november/gordon-bell-prize-2016.

ACM Student Chapter Excellence Program: Accepting Applications in Spring 2017
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. For more information, please visit http://www.acm.org/chapters/student-chapter-excellence-awards.

ACM India - Best Student Award 2017
ACM India is glad to inform you that they have completed evaluation for the Best Student Award 2017. This year there were entries from 21 Chapters and officers from professional chapters helped in the evaluation process. Below are the results:

Winner:
BITS Pilani-Rajasthan ACM Student Chapter (Third year in succession)
Runner up:
UPES ACM-W STUDENT CHAPTER

The award will be presented at the ACM India Annual Event on January 21st at the University of Calcutta & Amity University, Kolkata.

ACM India - Doctoral Dissertation Award Winners
The ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011 to recognize the best doctoral dissertation in Computer Science and Engineering from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year.

2017 Winners:
Nagendra Gulur - Supercomputer Education and Research Centre
Rohit Gurjar - IIT Kanpur

Please see the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award page for additional information on current and past winners.

DHS Announces the 2017 Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Intiative
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for current undergraduate and graduate college students. This program is a part of the Department’s efforts to build a cybersecurity talent pipeline by working with secondary, post-secondary institutions and other key partners in academia and the private sector. Through the Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative, students are able to learn about the DHS cybersecurity mission by completing hands-on cybersecurity work and building technical experience in key areas such as digital forensics, network diagnostics and incident response.

In the 2017 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative cycle, more than 50 student assignments are available at over 40 local DHS field offices across the country. Participating DHS Components include Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Management Directorate/Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), Office of Policy/Cyber, Infrastructure and Resilience Policy, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and United States Coast Guard (USCG).

The Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative application period is open from December 14, 2016 to January 20, 2017 through USAJOBS.

CRA-W Grad Cohort Opportunity
Since 2004, the Computing Research Association Committee on Women (CRA-W) has been running the very successful Grad Cohort program. Focused on graduate students, the goal of Grad Cohort is to ultimately increase the number of senior women in computing-related studies and research. The program builds and mentors communities of women throughout the US and Canada. As part of the ACM-CRA partnership, ACM is interested in extending this program to areas outside of North America. The next Grad Cohort event will be April 7-8, 2017. We have funding to send to this event a group of faculty from outside North America who are interested in potentially launching a similar program in their area. These faculty attendees will participate in the Grad Cohort activities as mentors and also meet with CRA-W organizers in order to learn more about the organization and goals of the Grad Cohort program.

ACM-W will be selecting the faculty attendees, coordinating arrangements with the Grad Cohort organizers, and handling reimbursement. Complete this form to indicate interest on the part of a faculty group from your area. The deadline to complete the form is January 20, 2017. We will notify applicants within two weeks of that date. Please visit our page for more details http://www.acm.org/education/cra-w-grad-cohort.

SIGAI Student Essay Contest: Submissions Due March 1, 2017
We are happy to announce the ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technologies.

An increasing number of AI technologies now affect our lives (or soon will), from intelligent assistants to self-driving cars. As a result, AI technologies are often in the news and a number of organizations (including the U.S. government) are trying to ensure that AI technologies are being used for the maximum benefit of society. As with all potentially transformative technologies (such as the automobile and the transistor), there is some uncertainty about exactly what the future will look like and how it should best be shaped to harness the power of AI technologies while avoiding any drawbacks or misuses. ACM SIGAI is in a unique position to shape the conversation around these issues.

ACM SIGAI is interested in obtaining input from students worldwide to help shape this debate. We therefore invite all student members to enter an essay in the ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest, to be published in the ACM SIGAI newsletter “AI Matters,” answering the following questions while providing supporting evidence:

What do you see as the 1-2 most pressing ethical, social or regulatory issues with respect to AI technologies? What position or steps can governments, industries or organizations (including ACM SIGAI) take to address these issues or shape the discussions on them?

The ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest is open to all ACM SIGAI student members at the time of submission. (If you are a student but not an ACM SIGAI member, you can join ACM SIGAI before submission for just $11, even if you are not an ACM member.) The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017. Please find all details in the ACM SIGAI AI Matters blog.

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.

 

Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship
Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.

The program awards five Fellows (three graduates and two undergraduates) with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Fellows who successfully complete the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

Deadline for submission is February 13, 2017. For more information regarding the Fellowship and how to apply please visit their page.

 

Apply Now for Next Heidelberg Laureate Forum
ACM encourages young computer scientists and mathematicians from all over the world to apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally meet the winners of the most prestigious prizes in their fields.

For one week, the recipients of the ACM A.M. Turing Award (Computer Science), the ACM Prize in Computing (formerly the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences), the Abel Prize (Mathematics), the Fields Medal (Mathematics), and the Nevanlinna Prize (Mathematical Aspects of Information Science) will engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

The fifth HLF will take place September 24 to 29, 2017. This high-profile event combines scientific, social and outreach activities in an informal atmosphere, and is fueled by comprehensive exchange and scientific inspiration.

Applications must be submitted online at application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org by February 14, 2017. Read more about how to apply in the FAQ. You can also nominate a candidate (on the registration form, you will need to enter ACM's organization number; please email acmhelp@acm.org to request this number). Successful candidates will be selected by an international committee of experts to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are invited. Those who are accepted will be notified in April.

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 Winter 2016 issue of XRDS, which focuses on the Future of Work. Inside you will find a range of articles tackling how technology is changing the modern work environment and the nature of work. To submit for the Summer 2017 issue on Startups, email the editors at xrds@acm.org. Deadline for submissions is March 3, 2017.

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 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 conference dates between April 1 and May 31 applications are due by February 15. For an application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page: http://women.acm.org/scholarship.

Current and On Demand ACM Learning Webinars
ACM keeps you at the cutting edge of the latest technical and technological developments with our ACM Learning Webinar series. Leaders and innovators present today and tomorrow's hottest topics and issues in computing for busy practitioners, as well as educators, students, and researchers. For a list of all of our past webinars please visit http://learning.acm.org/webinar/index.cfm.

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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 as Bootstrap, Cassandra, Docker, Java, Machine Learning, Mesos, Python, Rust Programming, and Ubuntu.

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.

Women in Technology Scholarship From StudySoup
StudySoup is offering a $1,000 scholarship to women seeking a career in computer science and/or computer programming, a field they are highly underrepresented in. The scholarship will be awarded to a female student who demonstrates a passion for computer science and is actively seeking opportunities for a meaningful career in the industry.

Any individual at least 18 years old can apply, who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Currently attending high school (or equivalent) and will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year
  • Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)

    The deadline to apply is May 5, 2017, for more information please visit https://studysoup.com/women-in-technology-scholarship.

     

     

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).