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Doctoral Consortium and Junior Researcher Program

The conference will include a Doctoral Consortium and Junior Researcher Program to promote discussion and networking among students and researchers, and provide students and junior researchers opportunities to present their work and get feedback. PhD students will be assigned mentors.

The Doctoral Consortium and Junior Researcher Program will provide partial travel funding for eligible graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and junior researchers, including junior faculty, who apply for funding through the travel funding program.

* The submission deadline and notification dates were extended on May 19.
Important Dates
Abstract submissionMay 24, 2016*
Doctoral consortium applicationMay 24, 2016*
Notification of acceptanceMay 28, 2016*
Early registration deadlineJune 3, 2016 (5pm EDT)
ConferenceJuly 6-8, 2016

Why attend?

Here are some great reasons to attend:

  • You get to network and meet other students and researchers in computational sustainability.
  • You can promote your work to other students and researchers in computational sustainability, with whom you might even start collaborating on new work.
  • You can get feedback on your work in progress.
  • You can practice presenting your work.
  • You'll get to see invited talks from eminent faculty and researchers in computational sustainability.
  • You get to visit the beautiful Cornell University campus.
  • It's cheap.

How to Apply

If you are interested in presenting your work, please provide a pdf document (max 3 pages) containing an extended abstract that summarizes the relevant research to be presented.

Abstracts should be submitted through EasyChair:

Please see the additional instructions on the submission page. In particular, you will be asked to provide:

  • a cover letter (in plain-text) explaining the nature of your research and how your interests relate to computational sustainability, and
  • a statement of financial need (in plain-text), if requesting travel funding.

Students may participate without presenting work. Simply write "No Presentation" in the short abstract box, and complete the cover letter and statement of financial need. An extended abstract is not required in this case.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be selected based on novelty and technical merit, relevance to conference goals and topics, research and geographic diversity, and financial need. For students, preference for presentations will be given to those far enough along to have formulated their dissertation topic. For those who do not submit abstracts, preference will be given to students in their first or second years of graduate school.

Travel Funding Rules

The expectation is that these funds are for the support of participants from U.S. institutions. In exceptional cases, we will consider support for a limited number of foreign participants as well.

Those requesting travel funding through this program are expected to minimize travel costs where possible.

  • Travel funding will pay fully for accommodation in the student dorms, and the conference early registration fee.
  • No late registration will be reimbursed or refunded.
  • Travel funding will partially cover travel expenses, where the maximum amount reimbursed will depend on the applications accepted (more details will be available after acceptance decisions are made).
  • Those traveling from the region (about 6 hrs or less by car) should bus or drive rather than fly.
  • Those driving are expected to carpool.
  • Air travel will only be reimbursed if the participant uses a U.S. air carrier.
  • Those requiring an exception from these restrictions should make this clear in the application and discuss with the chairs.

Contact Information

If you have questions, please contact the Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs, Daniel Sheldon ( and Nicole Sintov (