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SIGCOMM '98 is pleased to announce its Student Travel Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage graduate student participation at the conference by partially or fully funding the travel costs of students who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference. 

Who Should Apply  
Any graduate student in good standing, regardless of nationality, or any other criteria, except as noted. Although no more than one student will be accepted from any single school, the decisions will be based as much as possible on both what the student may get from the conference and what the student may bring to the conference.  

Student authors of SIGCOMM papers are not eligible to apply. (It is the conference's view that advisors should pay for student authors to attend.)  

How to Apply  
Applications and supporting letters for a student travel grant should be emailed to the grant committee chair (Craig Partridge, ) by June 2, 1998.  

Applications should include: 

  • A letter from the student: the student should indicate why she or he believes attending SIGCOMM '98 would be useful for the student's research or career. 
  • Your school: Because we have several sources of funding we need to be able to distinguish those students in US schools from all others. Be sure to include some reference to the country of your school. 
  • Airfare: the price of round-trip airfare in US dollars from the student's city to Vancouver (where the conference will be held). 
  • A letter from the student's advisor: a letter of recommendation to the committee, indicating why the advisor believes the student would benefit from attending ACM SIGCOMM '98 and confirming the student is a Ph.D. candidate in good standing. A word to advisors writing such letters: if you are writing more than one letter, they are not valuable as recommendations unless they distinguish among the students. 

What the awards cover  
The committee intends to award travel grants in the amounts of $750, $1000 or $1500 (USD). The grant is intended to be sufficient to cover the majority of the student's economy airfare, food and hotel for three nights, and the student registration fee for the conference (but not for tutorials). It is the student's responsibility for expenses in excess of the grant amount. SIGCOMM will only reimburse up to the fixed sum.  

The committee will consider granting larger amounts to students from outside North America, to cover higher plane fare. 

We would like to thank the U.S. National Science Foundation for 
their support of the student travel award program. This support significantly improves student participation in ACM SIGCOMM and ensures the membership of the next generation in our research community. 

Grant Committee  
Craig Partridge (BBN Technologies and Stanford University), Karen Sollins (MIT Lab for Computer Science) and Gerald Neufeld (University of British Columbia)