Workshop on
Diversity in Systems Research
co-located with SOSP 2013
on November 3, 2013
in the Grand Ballroom
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania

Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania

Sponsored By:
CRA Logo      National Science Foundation    ACM SIGOPSMicrosoft
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Workshop Pictures & Feedback

Reimbursement Info

Poster Competition

Call for Posters

Student Travel Grants

Prior Workshops

The Workshop on Supporting Diversity in Systems Research (Diversity 2013) is a forum to support traditionally underrepresented students in systems research. It provides minority and female students at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level with valuable opportunities for mentorship and networking.  However, the workshop is open to everyone.  We encourage all students within the systems research community to attend.

The program includes invited technical talks from diverse members of the systems research community, a student poster competition, and career-oriented panel discussions. The overall goal of the workshop is to strengthen the pipeline of systems students, providing them with advice and networking opportunities that they might not otherwise receive.  Specifically, the workshop will include:

Workshop Chairs:
Christopher Stewart (The Ohio State University)

Vishakha Gupta (Intel)

Important Dates:

Poster Abstracts: Aug 6 (extended)
Poster Abstracts: Aug 9
**  Submit Here  **
Poster Notification: Aug 22
SOSP Travel Grants: Aug 23
Diversity Travel Grants: Sep 3

Workshop: Nov. 3, 2013

Diversity 2013 Program
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Agenda Items

Diversity will take place in the Grand Ballroom at the Nemacolin Resort

(Nov 2nd)


Meet-Your-Mentor Dinner

Joesephs Room
Nemacolin Resort

(Nov 3rd)


Poster setup


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Grand Ballroom, Nemacolin Resort


Award Talk: Rising Star in Systems Research

Mona Attariyan, Google

Poster Judging and Coffee Break/Networking


Award Talk: Still Rising in Systems Research

Mooi Choo Chuah, Lehigh University




Demystifying career planning, elevator speeches, and picking good research topics


Daniel Peek, Facebook
John Wilkes, Google
Kim Keaton, HP Labs
Ada Gavrilovska, Georgia Tech
Shan Lu, University of Wisconsin


Keynote Talk:

Richard Uhlig, Intel Labs


Coffee Break


Award Talk: Rising Star in Systems Research

Hakim Weatherspoon, Cornell


Poster Competition Result: Lightning Talks


Closing remarks, feedback, ideas for future instances

Common SOSP Dinner

Poster Competition
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This year, we will host a poster competition in the area of systems research. All members of the systems community are invited to submit posters.

It's not too late to register a poster!  We have a few slots open.  We encourage you present, especially if you will present a poster/WIP at SOSP anyway.  The poster boards are 32x40" so the posters will have to be that size or smaller (same requirements for SOSP posters). 
Contact the chairs if your are interested.

Call for Posters
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This year, we will host a poster competition in the area of systems research. All members of the systems community are invited to submit posters. The competition will proceed in 3 rounds. First, a program committee(PC) will review all submissions and select a portion for presentation at the workshop. The PC will select posters based on research merit, relevance to the systems community, and contribution to a strong technical program at Diversity.   In the second round, a committee of judges will pick the top posters based on the proposed research, poster, and presentation quality. Winning posters will get a chance  to present their research to the workshop attendees as short talks. The committee will also provide constructive feedback to students for future improvements.

Accepted posters will not be published in the SOSP proceedings. Authors may (and are encouraged to) separately submit the same poster to SOSP ( Double submission to this forum will not constitute a violation of ACM policies.

Priority will be given to undergraduate research for a portion of the accepted posters.  Undergraduate researchers,  especially from colleges that historically serve women, Hispanic students, Native Americans, or African Americans, are encouraged to apply.

Important Dates:

August 9, 2013: Submit Posters for Round 1 (Submission Instructions Here)

August 22, 2013: Round 1 decisions

November 3, 2013: Workshop

Student Travel Grants
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More information soon.

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Chairs:  Vishakha Gupta and Christopher Stewart
Please contact us with questions:

Poster Committee:
   Dilma Da Silva, Qualcomm
   Sameh Elnikety, Microsoft Research
   Kinnis Gosha, Morehouse College
   Rean Griffith, VMWare
   Vishakha Gupta, Intel
   Yuxiong He, Microsoft Research
   Daniel Peek, Facebook
   Arrvindh Shriraman, Simon Fraser University
   Christopher Stewart, The Ohio State University

Steering Committee:

    Dilma Da Silva, Qualcomm

    Carla Ellis, Duke

    Jeanna Matthews, Clarkson

    James Mickens, MSR

Prior Workshops on Diversity in Systems Research
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Links to prior years below
2011 (Diversity Luncheon)

Information on Reimbursement Policies
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Diversity scholarships have been funded CRA-W, NSF, and ACM SigOps.  If you were awarded travel funding, it is very important for you follow the reimbursement guidelines of the underlying agency.  You should have received an email indicating your funding agency (if not, email to find out).

CRA-W Reimbursement procedures

Guidlines: CRA Reimbursement Guidelines
Form: CRA Reimbursement Spreadsheet

NSF Procedures

Tips about expenses that can be reimbursed: Reimbursement Tips
Form: Reimbursement for NSF Guidelines


Soon to come.