Call For Student Research Competition

Important Dates
Event Info Date
Abstract Submission August 7, 2023
Notification September 20, 2023
ACM Student Research Competition @ SOSP 2023

In 2023, SOSP will host its fourth ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), sponsored by SIGOPS. This competition offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique forum to experience the research world, present their research results to conference attendees, and compete for prizes.

The ACM SRC at SOSP 2023 consists of three parts: (1) research abstract submission; (2) poster presentation; (3) a research talk. The first-place winners of the competition will be invited to participate in the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

Participate in this exciting competition! Submit your work to the ACM Student Research Competition at SOSP 2023.

How to Participate:
First Round Competition: Submit a Research Abstract

The submission site is:

To participate in the competition, submit a research abstract (max 800 words) related to the main themes of the conference (see the SOSP'23 Call for Papers for a list of conference topics). The submission should describe: the research problem and motivation, background and related work, approach and uniqueness, results, and contributions. Abstracts will be judged based on how well they cover these aspects of the work.

Research abstract submissions should contain original, unpublished material that is not under review at any other archival forum, including journals, conferences, and workshops with copyrighted proceedings. If the work is accepted by a conference or journal by the time of SRC submission deadline (but not yet published), you should not submit it to SRC unless the SRC submission contains sufficient new material.

We will use double-blind reviewing. Please make a good faith attempt to anonymize your submission. Avoid identifying yourself or your institution explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). The first page should indicate whether it is undergraduate or graduate category in place of the author names.

The research abstract must conform at the time of submission to the SOSP 2023 Submission Rules regarding Anonymity, Originality, and Formatting (see the SOSP'23 Call for Papers), and must NOT exceed 800 words, including all text, appendices, and figures. Bibliographic references do not count against the word limit. All submissions must be in English. Submissions must be in PDF format.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by August 7th, 2023. A panel of experts will review the submissions and select the students to participate in the online stage of the Student Research Competition, which will be held at SOSP 2023.

Second Round Competition: Present a Poster

The second round of the competition will take place in a poster session at SOSP 2023. This is your opportunity to present your research to conference attendees and leading experts in the systems software fields, including the SRC committee.

Judges will review the posters and speak to participants about their research. The judges will evaluate the research (quality, novelty, and significance) and the presentation of the research (poster, discussion) and select students to advance to the final round of the competition.

Final Round Competition: Give a Presentation

Select students will continue by giving a short presentation of their research before a panel of judges and other attendees in a special session at the SOSP 2023 conference. After each presentation, there will be a short question and answer session.

Evaluations are based on the presenter’s knowledge of his/her research area, the contribution of the research, and the quality of the oral and visual presentation. At most three winners will be chosen in each category, undergraduate and graduate, and receive prizes.

The SRC Grand Finals

The first-place winner in each category (undergraduate and graduate) from the SRC held at SOSP 2023 will advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A different panel of judges evaluates the winners of all SRCs held during the calendar year against each other via the web. Three undergraduates and three graduates will be chosen as the SRC Grand Finals winners, who will receive a monetary award and a Grand Finalist certificate that can be framed and displayed.

  • Graduate category: There will be three prizes of US$500, US$300, and US$200.
  • Undergraduate category: There will be two prizes of US$500, US$300, and US$200.
  1. Participants must be undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission.
  2. Participants must be current student members of the ACM, and must provide their ACM member number.
  3. Team projects will be accepted from Undergraduate students. One person should be designated by the team to attend the conference and make the oral presentation.
  4. Only individual research is accepted from Graduate (Masters or PhD program) students; group research projects will not be considered. If you are part of a group research project and want to participate in an SRC, you can only present your part of the research. You must submit a single-authored version of your work. If your abstract is selected, only you will receive the monetary award (should you win).
  5. Supervisors of the work may not be listed as co-authors.
  6. Students may only participate in one SRC per program year (April 1 - March 31). Students that have applied to an SRC, but have not been accepted, may respond to other SRC calls for participation during the program year.

Important: The student author of the accepted abstract must register and present the work at SOSP 2023. The accepted abstracts will be published on the SIGOPS website.

For More Information

For additional information, visit the official ACM Student Research Competition website. For questions, please contact the chair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am a PhD student. Am I eligible to participate in the SRC?

Yes. As a PhD student, you will compete in the Graduate category of the competition.

Q: What should I write in my research abstract?

A submission to the competition should describe recently completed or ongoing student research related to the topics covered by SOSP. It is important that your research abstract discusses (1) research problem and motivation, (2) background and related work, (3) approach and uniqueness, and (4) results and contributions. The committee will assess your research abstract along these dimensions.

Q: What criteria will the judges use to evaluate the abstract/research?

The judges will assess research abstracts based on four criteria:

  • Problem and motivation (5 points)
  • Background and related work (5 points)
  • Approach and uniqueness (10 points)
  • Results and contribution (10 points)

For the poster presentation, the criteria are:

  • Oral presentation (10 points)
  • Visual presentation (10 points)
  • Research methods (15 points)
  • Significance of contribution (10 points)

For the conference oral presentation, the criteria are:

  • Knowledge of research area (15 points)
  • Contribution of research (10 points)
  • Presentation (10 points)

Q: My research is not related to systems software or any of the main themes of the SOSP conference. Can I still participate in the Student Research Competition?

Yes, but not at SOSP. Participate in a SRC at a conference that is related to your research. To participate in the competition at SOSP, your research needs to be related to the main themes of the SOSP conference (see the topics for SOSP 2023). If your research is not among the topics relevant for SOSP, please check the list of current SRC calls to find a conference that is better related. If you don’t find a conference that covers your research, you can participate in the SRC competition at the SIGCSE conference.


Program Chair: Aastha Mehta (University of British Columbia)

SOSP Student Research Committee:

  • Reto Achermann (University of British Columbia)
  • Benjamin Berg (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
  • Pedro Fonseca (Purdue)
  • Ryan Huang (University of Michigan)
  • Zhipeng Jia (Google)
  • Vasia Kalavari (Boston University)
  • Marios Kogias (Imperial College London)
  • Stephanie Wang (UC Berkeley)
  • Yang Wang (Ohio State University)
  • Kan Wu (Google)
  • Tianyin Xu (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Accepted Posters


SRC 1. FTMesh: Efficient Fault Tolerance for Interactive Applications on Service Mesh
Quitong Men (New York University Shanghai)
SRC 2. Alohomora: Practical End-to-End Privacy Compliance with Policy Containers and Privacy-Critical Regions
Artem Agvanian (Brown University)
SRC 3. Methods for Lazy Promotion on FIFO and LRU-based Eviction Algorithms
Zhuofan Chen (Carnegie Mellon University)
SRC 4. When Is FIFO-Reinsertion Better than LRU for Cache Eviction?
Qinghan Chen (Carnegie Mellon University)


SRC 5. Fast and Scalable In-network Lock Management Using Lock Fission
Hanze Zhang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
SRC 6. Virtuoso TCP Stack: Squashing Isolation and Resource Efficiency Tradeoffs in Virtualized Environments
Matheus Stolet (MPI-SWS)
SRC 7. Full System Energy Estimation with Modular Simulation
Jonas Kaufmann (MPI-SWS)
SRC 8. ConfMask: Enabling Privacy-Preserving Configuration Sharing via Anonymization
Yuejie Wang (New York University Shanghai)
SRC 9. Funhouse: A Hall of Mirrors Database
Hannah Gross (MIT)
SRC 10. TENPLEX: Changing Resources of Deep Learning Jobs using Parallelizable Tensor Collections
Marcel Wagenländer (Imperial College London)
SRC 11. Characterizing Offloading Capabilities of SmartNICs for Optimizing Distributed Systems
Rongxin Cheng (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai AI labortory)
SRC 12. Fuzzing Response Times
Alwin Berger (Technische Universität Dortmund)
SRC 13. Collective Scheduling and Execution Planning of Serverless DAGs with Krypton
Amit Samanta (University of Utah)
SRC 14. Towards Scalable Data Serving for GNN Training
Chongyang Xu (MPI-SWS)