The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) is sponsored by Microsoft and offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees.


Student Research Competition Final Competition:
Friday, 28 August, 6-7 am PDT


Undergraduate Division
1st place: Kohei Doi (Kyushu University)
Non-photorealistic Radiance Remapping

Graduate Division
1st place: Dorian Chan (Carnegie Mellon University)
Bound-constrained Optimized Dynamic Range Compression

2nd place: Meena Subramanian (Texas A&M University)
A Painterly Rendering Approach to Create Still-life Paintings With Dynamic Lighting

3rd place: Wei Sen Loi (The University of British Columbia)
Visualization of Angle-dependent Plasmonic Structural Coloration by FDTD-simulated BSDF and Ray-tracing Rendering


Poster contributors can enter the ACM Student Research Competition, by checking “yes” in the “Would you like to submit to the ACM Student Research Competition” box on the submission form. To be eligible for the ACM Student Research Competition:

  • The submitted work must be largely the work of the submitter.
  • The submitter must be enrolled in a university of college at the time of content entry.
  • The submitter must have an active ACM student membership.

Posters selected to compete in the SRC are judged in two stages. In the first stage, a panel of distinguished judges views the SRC posters during the poster sessions and selects 6-8 of the semi-finalists – one group of undergraduate submissions, and one group of graduate submissions. These finalists present their work to SIGGRAPH 2020 attendees during the ACM SRC Final Presentation. At the end of the presentations, the judges announce the first-, second, and third-place winners in the undergraduate and graduate categories. First-place undergraduate and graduate winners go on to the Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

ACM’s Student Research Competition program covers expenses up to $500 for all students who participate in the Student Research Competition. The first-place winner also receives a $500 cash prize, the second-place winner $300, and the third-place winner $200.