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ICSE 2019
Sat 25 - Fri 31 May 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada

ICSE 2019 Student Mentoring Workshop (SMeW) is aimed at advanced undergraduates and first/second year graduate students. The goal of the workshop is to attract students to research careers in software engineering, to de-mystify the graduate school experience, and to offer first-hand perspectives on graduate study from recent Ph.D. graduates, young scholars, and senior researchers.

A purpose of the workshop is to promote diversity and increase the participation of students who are members of underrepresented groups in graduate studies in software engineering. We therefore especially encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and other groups underrepresented in computing. This workshop provides these students with valuable opportunities for mentorship and networking.

The workshop program will focus on important skills for beginning researchers and will offer mentoring opportunities with senior researchers attending the conference, discussing the topics:

  • Why pursue a PhD degree and how to choose a research specialty area?
  • What are the new emerging areas of research in software engineering?
  • What are the differences/tradeoffs between a research career in industry, academia, government?
  • How to network effectively at a conference?
  • How to navigate graduate school toward a rewarding Ph.D.?
  • How to create a good presentation?
  • How to construct an awesome research paper?

Among others, the following speakers have agreed to participate in the workshop: Peggy Storey, Denys Poshyvanyk, Jonathan Bell, Jane Cleland-Huang, Julia Rubin, Nick Kraft, Eddie Aftandilian, Michael Hilton, Moritz Beller, Joshua Garcia, Jinqiu Yang, and Sarah Nadi.

Note: This is a closed workshop! You must apply in order to participate in SMeW@ICSE 2019!

Travel funds

Travel funds are available to fund registration, hotel accommodation, airfare, and ground transportation and can be requested as part of the application process. We hope to cover or partially cover SMeW-related travel cost for many SMeW participants, but funds are limited and may not be available for all participants. Participants from diverse and underrepresented communities or participants who might otherwise not have a chance to attend the conference are especially encouraged to request travel funds and will be prioritized in receiving funds.

Application procedure

Fill out the application form:

Also arrange for a letter of reference from your academic supervisor, a research advisor, or another faculty member. This recommendation letter must be emailed to with the subject line “SMEW19 Reference for <Student Name>” by the advisor you indicate in the application form. The letter should speak to your interest or experience in research and software engineering and may comment on other relevant aspects that will help us select you for the workshop and travel funds.

We plan to send notifications in late February and will require you to confirm your attendance by the end of March, before the early registration deadline.

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Conference Day
Tue 28 May

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09:00 - 10:30
Welcome, Overview and Introductions
Student Mentoring Workshop
Christian KaestnerCarnegie Mellon University, Lori PollockUniversity of Delaware, USA, Lin TanPurdue University
Why pursue a Ph.D. and how to choose a research area and advisor
Student Mentoring Workshop
Margaret-Anne StoreyUniversity of Victoria
Software Engineering - What SE researchers do
Student Mentoring Workshop
Westley WeimerUniversity of Michigan
11:00 - 12:30
How to navigate graduate school toward a rewarding Ph.D
Student Mentoring Workshop
Denys PoshyvanykWilliam and Mary
Establishing a Profile
Student Mentoring Workshop
Jonathan BellGeorge Mason University
File Attached
12:30 - 14:00
SMeW Mentoring Lunch BreakStudent Mentoring Workshop at Perluette Lounge
Mentoring Lunch Break
Student Mentoring Workshop

14:00 - 15:30
Publishing in Software Engineering
Student Mentoring Workshop
Jane Cleland-HuangUniversity of Notre Dame
Panel Post-PhD career: What are the tradeoffs between a research career in industry, academia (research track, teaching track), and government?
Student Mentoring Workshop
Julia RubinUniversity of British Columbia, Nicholas A. KraftABB Corporate Research, Edward AftandilianGoogle, Michael HiltonCarnegie Mellon University, USA
16:00 - 17:30
Panel of new Ph.D.s - What I wish I knew when I started my PhD in SE
Student Mentoring Workshop
Moritz BellerDelft University of Technology, Joshua GarciaUniversity of California, Irvine, Sarah NadiUniversity of Alberta, Jinqiu YangConcordia University, Montreal, Canada
Student Mentoring Workshop