C&C 2019 Call for Graduate Student Symposium

Important Dates

Deadlines are specified as Anywhere on Earth time.




Funding is now available for C&C Graduate Student Symposium participants. Eligible students at U.S. based institutions will be provided a stipend for travel, registration, and housing costs if accepted to the Graduate Student Symposium. The stipends may not cover full cost. Additional costs are the responsibility of the participants.

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 “transformational creativity.” 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.

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. 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 website. 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 MAY be available for graduate students with successful submissions to attend the GSS and conference.

Format and Submission Details

Submissions should be up to 4-pages long (extra pages allowed for citations) following the ACM SIGCHI extended abstract template. 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 submission, please review the examples in the ACM Digital Library for our 2017 conference. The submission should include:

Where to Submit

Please submit via the Precision Conference (PCS) website below:

Once you have logged into the PCS website, select the following options under "Submissions" and click the Go button.

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.