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The First Undergrad Architecture Workshop (uArch)

June 23rd, Phoenix, Arizona


The first Undergraduate Architecture (uArch) Mentoring Workshop is designed to introduce late-stage undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students to research and career opportunities in the field of computer architecture in particular and graduate school lifestyle and survival skills in general. The program will include technical sessions that cover past, current and future research directions in computer architecture, mentoring sessions that cover how to apply to graduate school and how to navigate the architecture research landscape effectively, and networking sessions that create opportunities for students to interact with their peers and established architects in academia and industry.


The central theme of this workshop is to attract undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students who are interested in graduate school in computer architecture. To this end, uArch will likely include:

Apply to the workshop

To apply to the workshop, fill out the Google form available here

We will aim to fund as many students as possible, but will not be able to fund all applicants. Students who are not accepted with funding may still attend if they find other funding sources. And students who do not need funding are welcome to directly register for the workshop during FCRC registration, without filling out the application above. **Applications are now closed, but do feel free to attend the workshop by registering for it directly. And if you are a faculty member, grad student, or researcher who would like to meet students and mentor them, shoot us an email.

Invited Speakers

Invited Panelists

Program Schedule

Dinner @ Saturday June 22nd

Morning Session, June 23rd (Room #105B)(Joint with PLDI’s Mentoring Workshop)

9 - 9:30 How to Leverage communication and Social Network to Better Your Research

9:30 - 10:15 What I wish I knew my first few years of grad school (Jason Mars)

10:15 - 11 How to be a Great Researcher (Mary Hall)

11 - 11:20 Break

11:20 - 12:30 Discussion Panel (How you made decisions about your career?): (Adrian Sampson, Emma Tosch, Ben Zorn, Lisa Hsu, Swapnil Haria)

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session, June 23rd (Room #104A)

2:00 - 3:00 Computer Architecture Research and the Future Prospects (David Patterson)

3:00 - 3:45 Computer Architecture Research Meets Biology (Karin Strauss)

3:45 - 4:00 Break

4:00 - 4:30 Informal Networking Session

Advice for attending your first ISCA

We attempt to answer some frequently asked questions.

Application Submission

Applicants who are selected for the workshop will have travel, hotel, and conference registration costs covered for the workshop and the main program of the conference. Funded attendees are expected to stay from Sunday through Wednesday morning and to attend both the workshop and the conference main program.

Note for non-US applicants: It is possible that we will need to cap travel funding in order to reach the most students. We expect that travel funding will be sufficient to cover domestic flights, but may not be enough to fully cover some international flights and/or visa costs. Being accepted does not obligate attendence, so we encourage students to apply and if they are accepted but funding is insufficient, they may then decline.

Note for women undergraduate and graduate students for additional funding ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences. The application deadline is April 15 for conferences taking place in June—July, 2019. For more information and to apply visit here.

Important Dates


Selection Committee


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