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CHI Doctoral Consortium

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Deborah Tatar, Virginia Tech
Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham

Message from Deborah and Tom

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The CHI 2007 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished research faculty. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have an idea and an area, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes.

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About the Doctoral Consortiun

The Consortium has the following objectives:

  1. Provide a supportive setting for feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions
  2. Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from faculty and students outside their own institution
  3. Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research
  4. Contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events

The Consortium will be held on April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) 2007. About 15 doctoral students and four faculty will be invited to participate. Student participants will have their abstracts published in the CHI2007 Extended Abstracts and a poster of their work exhibited at the main conference.

All participants are expected to attend all of both days of the consortium, including a group dinner on the first day. Each student will present their work to the group with substantial time allowed for discussion and questions by participating faculty and other students.

Although many fine pieces of work have to be rejected due to lack of space, being accepted into the consortium is an honor, and involves a commitment to giving and receiving thoughtful commentary with an eye towards shaping the field and upcoming participants in the field.

Applying for the Doctoral Consortium

Submissions are invited from current graduate students pursuing a PhD project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions of their doctoral research by a panel of established researchers. Applicants who are selected will receive complimentary conference registration, and reimbursement of travel, accommodation, and subsistence (i.e., food) expenses of no more than $1200.

Submission materials consist of:

  1. An extended abstract (see below)
  2. A one-page biographical sketch
  3. A one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation (see below)
  4. A letter of recommendation from the student's primary dissertation advisor
  5. An estimate of expenses

All materials except the recommendation letter should be posted (as a single PDF file) by 15 January 2007, 5:00 PM (1700) PST to CHI 2007 Submissionexternal link web site. Your file should be named lastname_dc.pdf, where lastname is your family name. The file must be no larger than 5 Mbytes in size.

The recommendation letter should be sent via email to Please ask your advisor to name the file (and set the email subject) according to the convention: studentLastName_dc_ref. An email receipt of the letter will be sent to your advisor.

Extended Abstract

Prepare a four-page extended abstract of your thesis work in the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format, including: title, author information, abstract, keywords, thesis research summary, and references. This extended abstract, if accepted for the Doctoral Consortium, will be published in the CHI 2007 Extended Abstracts. Thus it will be widely available to conference delegates and those with access to ACM publications. Because of the late deadline, it will be published in the version you submit in your application. The extended abstract should clearly specify:

  1. Originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques
  2. Importance of the work with respect to fundamental issues and themes in HCI
  3. Rigor and validity of claims, argumentation, methodology, results, and interpretations
  4. Clarity and persuasiveness of expression

Additional factors, such as position within the doctoral process and institutional representation, may be taken in account if the number of applicants is particularly large. Candidates who have a developed idea but who still have time to be influenced will receive the strongest consideration. Participants in the consortium will be selected by the Doctoral Consortium Committee. The review process will retain the anonymity of reviewers.


Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. All rejected submissions will be kept confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted submissions will be kept confidential until the start of the conference, April 28, 2007. Submissions should contain no information or materials that are proprietary at publication time.

Doctorial Consortium Checklist

Well in advance of the deadline (15 January 2007, 5:00 PM (1700) PST):

  1. Create your submission materials:
    1. Write an extended abstract according to the Conference Extended Abstracts Publication Format. The abstract must print to no more than 4 pages.
    2. Write a one-page biographical sketch
    3. Write a one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation
    4. Obtain a letter of recommendation from your primary dissertation advisor
    5. Create an estimate of expenses
  2. Package all materials except the recommendation into a single PDF file. Name it according to the following convention: lastname_dc.pdf. You may submit the letter of recommendation as a separate file, sent directly by your advisor to Please ask your advisor to name the file (and set the email subject) according to the convention: studentLastName_dc_ref. An email receipt of the letter will be sent to your advisor.
  3. Test that your PDF prints correctly and that is it no larger than 5 Mbytes