Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

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

Birds of a Feather Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: November 5, 2007

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Important Dates

  • November 5:  Proposal Submission deadline
  • November 21:  Moderator Notification
  • December 3:  Online Title, Organizer and Abstract Modifications due

What is a Birds of a Feather?


Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions provide an environment for colleagues with similar interests to meet for informal discussion. Proposers of BOF sessions should serve as discussion leaders only. BOFs are not intended to be presentations.


How Should the Proposal be Formatted?


NEW FOR 2008: BOF proposals consist of two .pdf documents: the full BOF proposal and a BOF 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 BOF 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 BOF Proposal Format (limited to 1 page)

Your proposal should include as much of the following information as possible. Please limit your proposal to one (1) page.

  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. Birds of a Feather proposals do not undergo blind review, so this information should be included.
  2. Title: A title for the BOF.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Expected Audience:  Briefly describe the nature and size of the expected audience. If you expect a particularily large or small audience, please explain why. This information can help in room assignment.
  6. Discussion Leader(s): Although my correspondence will be with the proposer above, it will be the discussion leader(s) who will be mentioned in Symposium literature. Please list any additional such names (besides the proposer her/himself) and affiliations here. Be certain you have their commitments to attend the Symposium.
  7. Special Requirements, if any: Because of the informal and spontaneous nature of these sessions, A/V equipment is typically not provided. That said, please describe any pressing needs you feel you have. Although I cannot guarantee that your requested equipment will be available, I will make every effort to let you know this well before March.

2. Formatted Abstract (limited to 1 page)

The BOF abstract is the same abstract in the Full BOF 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 BOF title, presenter(s) identification, and a description of the BOF. The description should be no more than 100 words. Here are sample BOF descriptions for the online program.


How Do I Submit My Proposal?


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

Step 2: Convert your document 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 Birds of a Feather Submission Form. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your documents because that is when everyone else will be connecting to our server!

Step 4: Make note of the BOF 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 Tom Cortina (tcortina@cs.cmu.edu) 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:


Tom Cortina
SIGCSE 2008 Birds of a Feather Chair
tcortina@cs.cmu.edu