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IPDPS 2018 PhD Forum & Student Mentoring Program


Trilce Estrada (University of New Mexico, USA)
Jay Lofstead (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)

Student Mentoring Program for 2018

The annual IPDPS PhD Forum event will continue with the traditional poster presentations by students working toward a PhD in broadly defined areas related to parallel and distributed processing. In addition, continuing the program initiated in 2014, there will be a broader, enhanced program to include several evening and lunch-time sessions to provide the student participants coaching in scientific writing and presentation skills.

Participating students will have the opportunity to both present their research work and interact with senior academic and industry people in an informal setting. In addition, there will be mentoring sessions to help students improve communication skills, obtain valuable information for career planning, get familiar with a few of the trendy research topics, and make valuable contacts – all while enjoying the IPDPS main conference and many associated workshops.

The Student Research Program will be scheduled so that the participating students can follow all the main scientific and social events of the conference, and it is open to all students, including the authors of papers presented at the conference.

To encourage participation in the Student Research Program, PhD Forum participants (those who have a poster accepted for presentation) who are IEEE members are eligible for travel grants and discounted registration fees.  (Discounted registration fee does not apply to students who are the sole registered author of a paper being presented in the main conference or workshops.) 

Tentative Schedule:





Morning Break

Introduction and icebreakers



Workshop on poster presentation skills



Panel on research and career planning



Poster Session & Banquet (poster awards presented)


Morning Break

Student Feedback and program evaluation



Workshop on paper writing and presentation skills

Workshop on poster presentation skills offers a chance for everyone to give a 3 minute talk about their poster and gain feedback from both the mentors and their peers. The goal is to be positive about the poster and provide constructive comments on both the poster material organization as well as the quick presentation.

Panel on research and career planning will include representatives from academia, research laboratories (non-industry), and industry. After a short presentation from each about what their job entails and why you might consider it, attendees are open to ask any questions to help guide what decision is the right one for them.

Workshop on paper writing and presentation skills is a discussion about what makes a great research paper. The basic idea is to understand why the best paper nominees were selected to help attendees learn how to write great papers.

Students are encouraged to engage with conference attendees during the paper sessions. Making connections that help incorporate attendees into the community are an important additional goal. Mentoring aid, including introductions if necessary, will be offered to assist the process.

The IPDPS 2018 PhD Forum Call for Applications will be issued by the end of the calendar year. Return to this page for details.


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31st IEEE International Parallel &
Distributed Processing Symposium 
May 29 – June 2, 2017
Buena Vista Palace Hotel
Orlando, Florida USA