37th IEEE Symposium on
Security and Privacy


Details subject to change!

Student Program Committee

Following a successful model used at other premier technical conferences (sometimes called a "Shadow PC"), IEEE Security & Privacy will be organizing its first Student Program Committee in 2016. The Student PC will consist of students and junior researchers and will provide reviews on a subset of submissions to the conference (paper authors may choose to opt-out of student reviews).

The Student PC will function much like an independent version of the "Senior" PC, including holding an in-person PC meeting and choosing its own program of papers. Student PC reviews will be made available (anonymized) to the Senior PC, although student PC members will not attend the Senior PC meeting and the Student PC program acceptance decisions will not be made available.

The Student PC meeting will be held on January 5, 2016 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA (effectively co-located with Real World Crypto 2016 which will be held from January 6-8, 2016 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA).

The Student PC will be chaired by Joseph Bonneau of Stanford University and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

If you are interested in participating, please apply by sending mail to by October 1st, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why hold a Student PC?

A. The Student PC is intended primarily to be an educational experience, modeled after successful Student PCs at SOSP, NSDI and other computer science conferences. The Student PC will write reviews of the real submissions to IEEE S&P in real time and will have an in-person Student PC meeting which closely simulates the full PC meeting. The Student PC members will debate papers and select a full program of papers. In addition, after the normal discussion at the Student PC meeting there will be a meta-workshop about the process with access to both the Student PC reviews and those of the "Senior PC" (blinded). This workshop will focus on how to effectively review papers and the dynamics of choosing a conference program and will include the co-PC chair. After the Student PC, the Student PC reviews will be available (blinded) at the senior PC meeting and to the authors of the papers (marked as Student PC reviews).

Q. Who can participate in the Student PC?

A. The Student PC is open to PhD students and post-docs working in security and privacy who have not yet served on a "major" program committee (e.g. IEEE Security and Privacy, USENIX Security, CRYPTO). If more applications are received than there is room, students will be given priority based on seniority in their programs and chosen to ensure diversity of backgrounds, institutions, and research interests.

Q. What is required of Student PC members?

A. Because the Student PC reviews will be available to the senior PC and paper authors, requirements are similar:

Q. Why should students participate?

A. While being a member of a Student PC is a significant amount of work, we expect it will be rewarding for a number of reasons, including:

Q. How can I apply?

A. Please email by October 1st, 2015 with the following information:

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59:59 EST (UTC-5).

Deadline to apply for Student PC October 1, 2015
Student PC membership notification October 5, 2015
Conference submission deadline November 13, 2015
Bids for papers to review November 17, 2015
Review deadline December 18, 2015
Discussion period December 19-31, 2015
Student PC meeting January 5, 2016