SIGMOD Undergraduate Scholarship
Call For Applications
SIGMOD and PODS started as separate
conferences with overlapping aims but different emphasis:
SIGMOD has always had a more applied focus on database
technology, while PODS has focused on the fundamental theory
underlying the database field. Over the years, however, it
became apparent that the two communities are highly
symbiotic and could benefit from increased interaction.
Reflecting this, and to accommodate the many people who
wished to attend both conferences, PODS and SIGMOD have been
held concurrently since 1991 as one "Joint Conference".
The ACM Special Interest Group on
Management of Data (SIGMOD) wants undergraduate students who
have an interest in database systems to experience the
cutting edge research presented at the ACM SIGMOD/PODS Joint
Confs. (Intl. Conf. on Management of Data and Symposium on
Principles of Database Systems). In order to help those
undergraduate students attend the conference, hence
encouraging them to pursue a career related to database
research, a scholarship program was introduced by SIGMOD in
2000 and succesfully continued in the following years. It is
worthwhile noting that the program has been of a truly
Each scholarship provides up to US $1,000
to defray conference attendance costs (e.g., travel and
lodging) plus Conference registration. Awardees will be
responsible for their own travel arrangements, including
health insurance if necessary. Selected students will be
recognized at the ACM SIGMOD 2005 awards session.
All undergraduate students who have
completed or are enrolled in a database course by the
application deadline are eligible for the scholarship. Note
that, for the purpose of this award, a student is considered
an undergraduate student if he/she has not yet obtained an
BS (or equivalent) degree or has obtained that degree on or
after Dec/2004, and he/she is not enrolled in a graduate
program at the time of the application. If the applicant's
school system is "non-traditional", and the applicant
consider him/herself eligible then the committee should be
contacted before the application is submitted. All
application materials must be received no later than March
26, 2005. Decisions will be sent to the applicants by April
In order to apply for the scholarship,
students must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The
subject of the email should be "<candidate's name> ACM
SIGMOD Scholarship APPLICATION". The following information
should be included (not attached) in the email in plain
text. No HTML, PDF, Postscript or any other type of data
will be accepted.
- List all courses (and respective final grades) taken so far in the undergraduate program as well as current GPA.
- List any scholarships, awards or honors earned.
- Current academic status, including number of years until graduation.
- Professional Organization Affiliations (e.g., ACM, SIGMOD, IEEE, Local Chapters, etc.)
- List of publications (if any) and or non-trivial (e.g. non-course) projects in which the applicant participated.
- In 100 words or less, write about "why am I interested in database research and how would I benefit from attending SIGMOD/PODS 2004."
Additionally, the student must have a
qualified person send an email to email@example.com.
The subject of the email should be "<candidate's name> ACM
SIGMOD Scholarship NOMINATION". The following information
should be included (not attached) in the email in plain text
as well (again, no HTML, PDF, Postscript or any other type
of data will be accepted).
- Nominator's Name
- University and Position
- Professional Organization Affiliations (e.g., ACM, SIGMOD, IEEE, etc.)
- A statement about the relative standing (performance-wise) of the nominee at his/her University, in particular in database courses, and how far from graduation
the nominee is (i.e., what percentage of the program has been completed at application time).
- In 100 words or less, justify "why the nominee deserves to receive this scholarship".
By sending a nomination, all nominators
explicitly agree to be contacted by the ACM SIGMOD
Undergraduate Scholarship Program Committee to clarify any
of the points of his/her nomination.
All applications should be plain text with the proper
subject lines as explained above. Any application that does
not satisfy these conditions may be flagged as junk mail and
automatically discarded without further notification.
The decisions made by the ACM SIGMOD Undergraduate
Scholarship Program Committee will be final. The Committee
also reserves the right to not award the scholarships to any
applicant. We look forward to receiving a large number of
applications and wish all applicants the best of luck.
Notification of results