Guidelines for ACM Student Research Competition

The PASC Conference series is an international and interdisciplinary platform for the exchange of knowledge in scientific computing and computational science with a strong focus on methods, tools, algorithms, workflows, application challenges, and novel techniques in the context of scientific usage of high performance computing.

The Conference is co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the PASC structuring project and it is managed by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). The local host of PASC24 is ETH Zurich.

This year for the first time, we are hosting a Student Research Competition sponsored by ACM with some travel financial support generously offered by SIGHPC. The competition seeks submissions from students who wish to showcase their research in the form of a poster presentation at the conference.

Authors who already responded to the PASC24 call for posters, are welcome to submit a contribution also for the ACM Student Research Competition. The two submissions will be treated as independent contributions. The new submission will follow the ACM standard conference terms, and will be evaluated by a separate committee.

The ACM Student Research Competition consists of a 2-page extended abstract following the ACM standard conference template. The competition is organized in several phases. The 2-page abstracts will be evaluated, and a maximum of 20 authors will be invited to present a poster at the conference for further assessment. The first round of judging will select the top six posters. Authors will be invited to present the content of their research within the conference program in a 10-minute talk. During the closing ceremony three posters will be recognized based on the final round of ranking.

SIGHPC has generously agreed to help support travel. Students traveling from within Europe will be awarded a maximum grant of $600, and a maximum allowance of $1400 will be given to the selected students traveling from other continents. Moreover, PASC24 will cover the corresponding registration fee for the selected students. As part of the application process, you will be able to select whether you need a travel grant to attend, and to indicate from where you will be traveling.

Poster submissions should describe topical research in HPC related to domain science, applied mathematics, computer science or software engineering. The scientific domains represented at the PASC Conference are typically organized around the following areas:

  • Chemistry and Materials (incl. ceramics, metals, and polymers)
  • Climate, Weather, and Earth Sciences (incl. solid earth dynamics)
  • Applied Social Sciences and Humanities (incl. behavioral, economic, legal, political and business sciences, philosophy, languages, the arts, ethics in computing including climate impact of HPC, biases in machine learning, etc.)
  • Engineering (incl. CFD, computational mechanics, computational engineering and materials, turbulent flow)
  • Life Sciences (incl. biophysics, genomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, neuroscience, and computational biology)
  • Physics (incl. astrophysics, cosmology, plasma modelling, and quantum information sciences)
  • Computational Methods and Applied Mathematics


  1. Participants must be currently enrolled in a university or college and have an active ACM student membership
  2. 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. Should the designated presenter win first, second or third place in competition only they will receive the medal and monetary award. Only individual research is accepted from Graduate (Masters or PhD program) students; group research projects will not be considered. If an individual is part of a group research project and wants to participate in an SRC, they can only present their part of the research. Only they will receive the medal and monetary award (should they win).
  3. Qualifying research areas are those covered by the conference; see above for details.
  4. 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. However, a student who is accepted to multiple SRCs must withdraw their submission from all but one.

Further details on participating in the PRC can be found at


Poster submissions should be made through the PASC24 online submission portal, and will be reviewed by domain experts from the PASC24 ACM Student Research Competition Program Committee chaired by Jay Lofstead (Sandia National Laboratories, USA).


We will host poster presentations on site at ETH Zurich. Poster authors whose submissions are accepted for presentation at the conference, should thus plan to travel to Zurich and present their work on-site.

Please carry your physical poster to be hung up on poster boards (poster boards are 186 cm high x 121 cm wide).

10 March 2024: Deadline for poster submissions
26 March 2024: Decision notifications

Deadlines correspond to anywhere on earth (‘AoE’ or ‘UTC-12’).

We look forward to receiving your submissions.


Please note that one author must be designated as the poster presenter in the submission. The PASC Conference reserves the right to remove contributions that are considered outside the scope of the conference at any time.