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.  The last name, first name, and email addresses of these members will be required through the automated chartering application.

Chapters in India are required to have at least fifteen (15) ACM members. 

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: An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. ACM chapters that conduct financial business or need to open a bank account will require an EIN number. Chapters will have to designate one of their officers as the responsible party and have their information be submitted within the EIN application. That information, which includes a social security number, can be provided to ACM via phone and ACM will apply for the EIN on the chapter’s behalf.  If your chapter would like an EIN, please contact us at [email protected] after your chapter is chartered. Please do not create your own EIN as it needs to be submitted by ACM to ensure your chapter is confirmed as a subordinate organization under ACM and therefore included in our returns.

Need Help? Contact Chartering

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.