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, firstname.lastname@example.org
) 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
- 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.
Craig Partridge (BBN Technologies and Stanford University), Karen Sollins (MIT Lab for
Computer Science) and Gerald Neufeld (University of British Columbia)