The purpose of the program is to encourage student participation in the conference by providing a travel grant to help students who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference. In each of the past three years, the program has funded approximately ten students out of a pool of thirty to forty applications.
For the USA, applications must be addressed to Ellen Zegura (Georgia Institute of Technology) firstname.lastname@example.org. For Europe, you should address your request to Serge Fdida (MASI) email@example.com. Otherwise, send your request to both.
An application for a travel award will consist of the student's vita, a letter from the student and a letter from the student's advisor. Details on the application process can be found on the SIGCOMM'97 web page (http://www.inria.fr/rodeo/sigcomm97/), or by sending email to one of the travel program co-chairs, Serge Fdida (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ellen Zegura (email@example.com). The letter from the student indicates why the student believes he or she would benefit from attending ACM SIGCOMM. The student's letter should include
In addition, the student's advisor should send a letter of recommendation to the committee, indicating why the advisor believes the student would benefit from attending the conference and confirming that the student is a Ph.D. candidate in good standing. This letter should include (1) the advisor's view on the suitability of the SIGCOMM program material to the student's research area; (2) ways this particular student would benefit from attendance at the conference; and (3) the advisor's opinion about the strengths and potential contributions of the student.
A goal of the travel grant program is to encourage participation in the SIGCOMM conference by students that would normally find it difficult to attend.
While student authors of papers to be presented at SIGCOMM may apply, the committee strongly prefers to give grants to students who are not paper authors. (The committee believes it is the responsibility of the student's faculty advisor to provide travel funding to present a paper).
Partial travel grants may be made.
Committee members will not be involved in the evaluation of students from their own institution.