CC2017 Graduate Student Symposium

Important Dates

Deadlines are specified as Anywhere on Earth time.

Symposium Chairs

Call Description

The Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) provides a forum in which students have a unique opportunity to meet and discuss their work with each other and a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners. The forum provides an informal and interactive setting for acquiring feedback on current research and creative explorations and to receive guidance on future directions. Applications may address any of the topics, approaches, and disciplines related to creativity and cognition. The main conference theme this year is “Lifelong creativity, learning, and innovation.” Please see the main call for papers for more information on the conference.

We welcome applications from graduate students in a research-oriented doctoral program or other terminal degree program (e.g. MFA) in any of the disciplines and approaches related to creativity and cognition. Applicants should have an established direction of research relevant to the conference. In addition, their research should be focused and advanced enough that the student will benefit from guidance provided by peers and senior colleagues at the Graduate Student Symposium. Each application should include:

The paper must be entirely authored by the student. The four-page paper should introduce the research/design area, briefly summarize completed work and ongoing work, and lay out a planned trajectory of research toward thesis completion. The paper can highlight a particular aspect of the work if specifically appropriate to the Creativity and Cognition conference and the conference theme for 2017. The poster design should be in landscape format, reduced to one standard letter page in size and submitted in PDF format. Final poster sizing will be shared with successful applicants on acceptance, and students will be expected to print and bring their own posters. The poster will be shown during the general conference poster session. Advisors’ or supervisors’ letters of support should indicate that the work has reached the appropriate level of maturity for presentation in the Creativity and Cognition GSS venue. The letter of support and biographical sketch should be submitted together with the paper on the Precision Conference web site. Please note that submissions to the GSS, unlike submissions to the other venues, are not anonymous.

Participants will be selected based on their anticipated contributions to the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions in the symposium. All students will be expected to give a short presentation of their work, followed by discussion with the panel and the other student participants.

Financial support is available for graduate students with successful submissions to attend the GSS and conference. Accepted students from U.S. academic institutions (regardless of citizenship) will receive reimbursement for airfare (up to $1600) and registration costs.


Submissions must be formatted using the CHI Extended Abstract Format. The total size of all submitted materials, including a video figure, should not exceed 100 Mb. If you are unsure of what constitutes a well-formed technology demonstration submission, see the many examples in the ACM Digital Library for our conference.

Where to Submit

Precision Conference web site.

Video figures (optional)

Video figures may accompany a paper submission for the purpose of review. They are strongly encouraged but not required. The CHI and UIST guides to producing video figures are useful.


Submission Types

Full & Short Papers


Technology Demonstrations




Graduate Student Symposium

Creative Communication Award