MinneWIC 2010 - CAll for Participation

MinneWIC 2010 invites contributions in the following categories: Submission details follow the category descriptions below.

POSTERS. Students are encouraged to submit posters on research, class projects, and work-in-progress for a poster reception on Friday, February 12. The poster reception gives students the opportunity to discuss their work with conference attendees in an informal setting. Submit a poster abstract summarizing the key idea of your poster. Poster abstracts will be lightly reviewed for suitability only. Our goal is to help students gain confidence in discussing their work. Posters should be no larger than 36"x48". See below for submission details. Prospective poster presenters may wish to see this ACM Crossroads article for guidance on creating posters or our list of topic ideas (see below).

LIGHTNING TALKS. Lightning Talks are five-minute mini-presentations on any subject relevant to the conference. A lightning talk may be given by one or more students, faculty, or industry professionals. Submit a brief description of the topic of your talk and list the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the speakers(s). (For information on how to give a lightning talk, see this advice by Mark Fowler.)

BOF. Birds of Feather (BoF) sessions are informal discussion groups on specific topics of interest. Attendees split into small groups to discuss specific technical or social topics that interest them. Suitable topics for discussion include anything related to computing: careers, education, challenges, student organizations, or a variety of other topics. BoF sessions may be organized by one or more students, faculty, and industry professionals. Submit a proposal briefly describing the discussion topic and listing the name(s) and affiliations(s) of the organizer(s). BoF session proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be accepted until the program is full. Our goal is to engender a lively exchange of ideas and foster a sense of community and mutual support. (You might want to check out this resource on leading effective discussions when putting together your BOF.)

FACULTY AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN. Women from academia and business are invited to share their experiences by participating as a panelist or engaging in informal discussions with students throughout the conference. Interested volunteers should submit a brief bio and a synopsis of the topic(s) you would like to share. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full.

INFORMATION TABLE. We will be hosting a career fair on Saturday afternoon, February 13. Corporations and academic institutions that are interested in hosting an information table at this fair should contact Amy Csizmar Dalal (adalal at carleton.edu).


The deadline for poster and lightning talk submissions has been extended tp Monday, February 1, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made by January 30, 2010. Submissions for BOF sessions and info tables will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Please submit early to guarantee a spot in the program.

All submissions should be made on the web at this site. To specify the type of submission please attach one of the following words in front of the title: POSTER:, LT:, BOF:, or OTHER:.

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Questions about submissions should be addressed to Amy Csizmar Dalal (adalal at carleton.edu).

We will award a scholarship to attend Grace Hopper in Fall to the best graduate poster and one to the best undergraduate poster.


MinneWIC encourages participants to submit posters, lightning talks, and BOF ideas on any topic of interest to conference attendees. Some suggestions include (but are not limited to):

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