Student Travel Grants to Attend EDBT/ICDT-2012

NSF Travel Grants for Graduate Students at US-based Institutions

We are pleased to announce NSF Student Travel Grants to encourage computer science students to participate in EDBT/ICDT 2012. The EDBT/ICDT 2012 Joint Conference will be held in March 26-30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. We encourage in particular the participation of groups underrepresented in science and engineering, including underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this opportunity. We will give preference to students that have an active involvement in the conference as well as a perceived need for support, however, based on the availability of funds we will also consider all other students from US-based institutions.

EDBT/ICDT series have become one of the top conferences in computer science, and a leading international forum for presenting and discussing current research and applications in which the major emphasis is on both practical as well as theoretical foundations of data and information management. The scientific program will cover synergistic themes on database foundations, information system development, and data-intensive applications to promote new research collaboration. The EDBT/ICDT 2012 conference promises to have great scientific quality and broad impact, with world-renowned scientists as keynote speakers and invited speakers, contributed talks at a highly competitive acceptance rate, as well as the board participation of the research community serving on the Program Committee and the organizing committees for workshops, tutorials and posters.

GRANT DETAILS:

The travel grant will provide up to $1000 to cover reasonable travel expenses, conference proceedings, meals, etc. Grantees should be full-time students enrolled at a US-based institution.

EXPECTATIONS:

Grantees agree to attend all sessions at the symposium and provide a short report after the symposium. Grantees agree to allow ICDT/EDBT to publish their names and reports on symposium website and in NSF reports. The winners will be notified by email well before the actual meeting in March 2011.

SELECTION PROCESS AND ELIGIBILITY:

We will give highest priority to students at US institutions (US citizens and residents) that belong in groups underrepresented in science and engineering, including underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, so to encourage their participation in this technical event.

Among the above, we will then give priority to students that demonstrate an active involvement in the conference, in particular by presenting a PhD Workshop paper, a software demonstration, or a research paper at either ICDT or EDBT, or in any of the associated workshops. The selection committee will also pro-actively look for highly ranked student-authored papers or demonstrations as potential recipients of these travel awards.

We will also take into account the perceived need of support by the student; so that we leverage these NSF funds to increase the participation of students that otherwise may not have the means to attend this international event.

Beyond the above groups and based on the availability of funds, we will also consider other students at US-based institutions that are neither US citizens nor US residents. However, such students must be enrolled as full-time students at a US-based institution in order to be eligible. Students that do not have any active participation (publication/demonstration) in the event yet have an interest in becoming involved in the community to engage in professional interactions on their work in progress, will be the last group of students we will consider.

TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE:

Prof. Mohamed Eltabakh, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA.
Dr. Bernhard Volz, University Bayreuth, Germany. Ph.d. Workshop co-chair.
Prof. Sascha Mueller-Feuerstein, Germany. Ph.d. Workshop co-chair.
Prof. Felix Naumann, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany, Demonstration Chair.
Prof. Alin Deutsch, University of California, San Diego, USA, ICDT Program Chair.
Prof. Elke Rundensteiner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, EDBT Program Chair.
Prof. Volker Markl, Technical University, Berlin, General Chair of EDBT/ICDT.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply, students must send an email by January 31, 2011 to <icdtedbt2012.student.travel@gmail.com> with subject heading ''NSF EDBT/ICDT-2012 Travel Grant Appliation'' containing a single PDF document with the following items:

  • CV or Resume (2-page maximum).
  • Summary budget listing expected costs, such as, hotel, transportation, registration (1-page maximum).
  • Statement describing research interests and accomplishments (one paragraph).
  • Indication of involvement in EDBT/ICDT, such as, author of accepted Phd workshop paper, demo paper, conference paper, technical workshop paper, or other form of involvement. (one paragraph max)
  • Statement explaining why they should be selected to receive this grant. (one paragraph max)
  • Letter from a faculty member confirming eligibility, need, and benefits.

This should be done after the students have received information about the acceptance of their submissions to the various tracks at the conference, if any, from Ph.d. workshop, demonstration, workshop, or regular conference track. Even if you have no accepted manuscript, you are still eligible to apply.

 
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