SIGCHI Student Travel Grants

Applications are due August 1, 2016
Notification of acceptance by August 15, 2016

Students who have an accepted paper at Group 2016 or will submit a poster or demo to the conference are eligible to apply for a SIGCHI Student Travel Grant, which covers free conference registration and support for travel expenses, pending application review and acceptance of the planned submissions. Workshop and Doctoral Consortium submissions are not eligible for the travel grant. Students must participate in the presentation of their papers, posters, or demos at the conference. For more information, please see the SIGCHI Travel Grant webpage

Student Volunteers

Being an SV is an excellent way to become familiar with the Group conference, create new friendships with other students, network with conference attendees, hear some interesting research talks, and provide academic service (a great addition to your CV!)


  • Applications Due:  October 9, 2016 by 11:59pm PST
  • Notifications of SV Selection: October 12, 2016

Fill out the following online application form by Sunday October 9, 11:59pm PST

As a student volunteer, you will be provided with:

  • A waived registration fee, which means free access to Group 2016’s program including all talks and receptions
  • An appreciation lunch/dinner for the SVs
  • An option to room with another SV throughout the conference to save money on hotel costs – The SV Co-Chairs will help assist with roommate arrangements


  • Assist conference guests with registration and check-in
  • Provide A/V setup and general technology and room support during the workshop and conference sessions
  • Help set up posters and provide assistance to attendees during the poster session
  • Direct the conference guests to events, such as the conference reception
  • Work approximately 20 hours over the 4 days of the conference

We are also looking for a few SVs who:

  • Are skilled in event photography and are able to take high-quality, candid photos of attendees during presentations, workshops, poster sessions, and receptions


  • Must be a graduate student during the fall 2016 semester
  • Must be a friendly, hardworking, and reliable person
  • Must be able to travel to Sanibel Island, Florida USA and attend the conference from November 13-16, 2016

You do not need to have any previous SV experience, and we encourage students from all disciplines and backgrounds to apply.

The selection of SVs will be based on:

  • The date and time each application is submitted - We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible
  • Your response to the application questions, including why you want to be a Group SV
  • Other attributes to ensure a diverse group of student volunteers (e.g., university, research interests, academic status, etc.)

If you have any questions, please email the co-chairs at [email protected]

Alison Murphy, Penn State University
Konstantin Aal, Universitaet Siegen


Doctoral Consortium

Important Dates:
Monday, August 1, 2016: Applications due


The Group’16 Doctoral Research Consortium (DC) provides a forum for late-stage doctoral students to advance their dissertation projects and career planning through guided interaction peers and distinguished faculty mentors.

The program will begin with a full-day dissertation-focused session on Sunday, November 13th, culminating in a career-focused dinner with the mentor team. On Monday, all DC participants will participate in the poster and demo session to engage the entire Group’16 conference with their projects. The program will conclude with a closing meal on Wednesday for reflection and planning.


We encourage applicants from a broad range of disciplines and approaches that inform Group, including HCI, CSCW, anthropology, sociology, information science, computer science, information systems, cognitive science, organizational studies, design and related fields. We are particularly interested in applications from institutions and programs that have not traditionally been well-represented at past Group conferences. We also encourage applications from non-US institutions.

Applicants should be late-stage Ph.D. students with an already well-established direction of research, but whose research would benefit from guidance provided by peers and senior colleagues. Preference will be given to students who have a clearly defined topic and program of work underway. They have likely proposed their topics and are within 2 years of graduation within a 5 year program or are half way through a 3 (or 4) year program.

The DC committee will select up to 10 participants. These scholars will be expected to present their research for critique at the main DC event, interact with the conference around their poster at the reception, attend the full technical program, and the wrap-up meeting.


Applicants should submit the following items by email to [email protected] with the subject line "GROUP 2016 DC Application" This should include TWO PDF attachments: overview and bio/cv.
  • A FOUR-page overview of your doctoral research project that describes your research question, work in progress, and expected contributions. This includes an abstract of no more than 100 words. Please submit your overview in the SIGCHI Extended Abstract Format (Word, Latex).
  • A short 1-paragraph biographical sketch (on its own page) appended to your up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • Separately your supervisor should send an e-mail to [email protected] indicating that they support your application and that they agree that your research is at an appropriate stage for participation. These letters should also make reference to how you might personally benefit from the DC and how you might contribute to the advancement of other participants. The email should have "GROUP 2016 DC: " + YOUR NAME in the subject header.
All submissions must be received by the chair by 11:59pm PDT on August 1, 2016. Submissions will be acknowledged by email once they have been checked for completeness.


We are hoping to offer financial support to DC participants. The details of this support will be announced in the future once sponsorship has been finalized.

We anticipate that it will cover all on-site expenses for all participants including conference registration (at the “early bird” student rate), four nights of lodging in the conference hotel in a shared unit, meals during the working meetings, and ground transportation to/from RSW airport. We also may be able to offer a modest travel allowance for domestic students.

Roommate Finder

Room sharing is a great way to reduce the cost of your conference expenses and to get to know other graduate students attending the conference.

If you are interested in sharing a room with other students for the Group 2016 conference, please fill out the following form and the SV co-chairs will do their best to pair you with other students:

Students are required to book their own rooms for the conference - For information on the hotel and how to book a room with the Group conference code, visit the travel page [Note: Based on the website, it appears that the rooms currently available are the “Sundial Studio” with a Queen bed + sleeper sofa]

We will pair students as quickly as possible so you can get your rooms booked, and we will pair you according to:
- Similar nights that you are staying at the hotel (e.g., arriving on Sunday vs. Saturday)
- Similar conference activities, when possible (e.g., DC participants paired together)
- Specific preferences stated by you in this form (e.g., gender, # of roommates, etc.)

Once we pair you with other student(s), we will email you and your roommate(s) each others' contact information.

If you have any specific questions about room-sharing, please email the Group SV co-chairs at [email protected]
Alison Murphy, Penn State University
Konstantin Aal, Universitaet Siegen