Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

March 12-15, 2008 • Portland, Oregon, USA

Poster Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: November 5, 2007

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Important Dates

  • November 5:  Poster Submission deadline
  • November 21:  Presenter Notification
  • December 3:  Online Title, Author and Abstract Modifications due

What is a poster?

Posters provide an opportunity for an informal presentation featuring "give and take" with conference attendees. Presenting a poster is also a good way in which to discuss and receive feedback on a work in progress that has not been fully developed into a paper.

Posters should not be previously published or a previous poster.

Poster proposal review is not blind.

Poster topic ideas

The topic of a poster presentation is not limited. However, the topic should lend itself to presentation in poster format with additional details available in a handout or URL. You might consider a poster presentation of teaching materials that you would like to share or preliminary research findings, such as:

  • imaginative assignments
  • innovative curriculum design
  • laboratory materials
  • effective ideas for recruiting and retaining students
  • computing education research that is in a preliminary stage

Suggestions for poster design are given in Research Posters 101 at (Although these suggestions were published for student researchers, the ideas are also applicable to posters for this conference.)

Poster presentation

If your proposal is accepted, your poster will be displayed on Friday during the conference. You will be expected to "present" your poster for an hour at a designated time during the day. The space available for your poster will be 4 feet high by 8 feet wide with a small shelf below. Power sources are not available.

How should the proposal be formatted?

NEW FOR 2008: Poster proposals consist of two documents: the full poster proposal and a poster abstract (description). In addition, the up to 100-word abstract description must also be entered into a text box on the submission page. The full proposal is used for review and includes the poster abstract. The abstract is also submitted by itself, formatted and in a separate document that will appear in the online program. The format for these two documents should be as follows.

1. Full Poster Proposal Format (limited to 2 pages)

Your proposal should include as much of the following information as possible. Please limit your proposal to two (2) pages. A list of the poster titles and authors will be included in the conference proceedings and the program.

  1. Proposer:  Include name, address, phone and fax numbers, email address (expect most correspondence by email), WWW address (if applicable), etc. This item does not count in the page limit. Poster proposals do not undergo blind review, so this information should be included.
  2. Statement of Topic: A short title.
  3. Significance and Relevance of the Topic: Please include information about any trends in relation to the topic and possibly describe (or cite) evidence to that effect. Your objective here is to explain why the topic is significant. This information can help your proposal to be selected if resources become an issue.
  4. Content: A description of the expected content of the poster.
  5. Abstract (Description):  100 word limit. If the poster is accepted, this abstract is the description that will be published (verbatim) in the online program. Please be sure your description is accurate.

2. Formatted Abstract (limited to 1 page)

The poster abstract is the same abstract in the Full Poster Proposal. It is submitted as a separate document that should follow the formatting guidelines for the "Abstract" section of the SIGCSE 2008 Format Instructions. This document includes the Poster title, presenter(s) identification, and a description of the poster. The description should be no more than 100 words. Here are sample Poster descriptions for the online program.

How do I submit my proposal?

Electronic Submissions:

Step 1: Write your proposal documents using the format specified above.

Step 2: Convert your documents into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our Creating Adobe PDF Documents page for assistance.

Step 3: Submit your documents and 100-word text abstract description using the online Poster Submission Form. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your document because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!

Step 4: Make note of the poster ID number and password assigned to your submission. You will receive an e-mail message confirmation.

Step 5: After receiving confirmation, go to the Author Verification Form to review your submission for accuracy. Send e-mail to Lisa Kaczmarczyk ( if there are any problems. Warning! Several authors have reported problems viewing their PDF files using Internet Explorer. If you experience similar problems, it is best to download the file and use Acrobat Reader directly.

Deadline: All electronic submissions must be received by November 5, 2007.

Questions? Please contact:

Lisa Kaczmarczyk