18th Undergraduate Computer Science Research Symposium


The Undergraduate Computer Science Research Symposium (UCORE) offers an opportunity to undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science at McGill who have been involved in summer research to submit and present their work. This allows students to learn about the breadth of computer science research and share their accomplishments with a wide audience.

UCORE adopted a new format in 2019 which we will continue to follow this year: a poster session featuring undergraduate research in the department. The student researchers will display posters in a casual, open setting (with food and drink!) to interested participants. (For interested participants: resources for creating a poster can be found in the Resources page.) They should prepare a short walk-through talk about the research and be ready to discuss with their peers, the rest of the department, and a program committee. The program committee will evaluate each poster presentation based on the visual quality and the verbal pitch and provide feedback to the student authors on their presentation.

We ask interested students to submit an abstract and title by October 20th, 2023; all received abstracts will be provided with feedback. This follows the model of the ACM student research competition and many other workshops in computer science.

  • Step 1: Submit a title and short extended abstract (not more than 600 words) by October 20th to the online submission server.
    The abstract has to be authored only by the undergraduate student(s) working on the project. If the work is collaborative with others and/or part of a larger group project, the abstract should make clear what was the contribution of the undergraduate student(s) and should focus on that portion of the work. The abstract must not exceed 600 words and must not be longer than 2 pages including references. We will use Easychair to simplify the submission and organization.
  • Step 2: Create a poster and build a pitch for your presentation; see here for helpful resources.
  • Step 3: Present your work at the symposium!

Important Dates:

  • October 20, 2023: Submission deadline.
  • October 23, 2023: Notification and feedback for authors
  • October 27, 2023, 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the Trottier Atrium : Symposium Date!

Submission details:

Each submission should include the student author's (authors') name(s), institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and research advisor's name in addition to the title and an extended abstract addressing the following:

  • Problem and Motivation: Clearly state the problem being addressed and explain the reasons for seeking a solution to this problem.
  • Background and Related Work: Describe the specialized (but pertinent) background necessary to appreciate the work. Include references to the literature where appropriate, and briefly explain where your work departs from that done by others.
  • Approach and Uniqueness: Describe your approach in attacking the problem and clearly state how your approach is novel.
  • Results and Contributions: Clearly show how the results of your work contribute to computer science and explain the significance of those results.

Submitted abstracts should be in PDF, formatted using the ACM SIGPLAN style guidelines. The abstract should not exceed 600 words (excluding references).

The extended abstract should be submitted to the EasyChair submission server.

Head Organizer

Award Committee



Send an e-mail to Robert Robere (robere "at" cs "dot" mcgill "dot" ca)