40th IEEE Symposium on
Security and Privacy

Student Program Committee

IEEE Security & Privacy will be organizing its fourth Student Program Committee in 2019. Student PCs allow students and post-docs interested in future PC service to read submitted papers and go through the reviewing process, ultimately arriving at a shadow conference program. This opportunity allows future PC members to learn first-hand about the peer-review process and gain experience as a reviewer. The Student PC will consist of students and post-docs 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. Papers submitted for the December 2018 deadline will be considered for the Student PC. Student PC reviewers will have to abide by the same rules and restrictions applicable to regular PC members. This includes, but is not limited to, rules against discussing the papers outside of the PC context, or using in any way results from reviewed papers before such papers have been published. Delegated reviews (i.e., external reviews) are not allowed for the Student PC. Making a submitted paper available to Student PC is optional; authors will have the opportunity to opt-in during the paper submission process. Student reviews for papers that are reviewed by the Student PC will be sent out after the actual review process for the December deadline has finished (end of January 2019).

The Student PC meeting will be held on Friday January 25, 2019 in New York.

The Student PC will be chaired by Tom Moyer of University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

If you are interested in participating, please apply by filling out the Google Form here by November 5, 2018 (see below for instructions).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why hold a Student PC?

A. The Student PC is intended primarily to be an educational experience. 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 that closely simulates the full PC meeting. The Student PC members will debate papers and select a full program of papers. In addition, there will be two activities to help Student PC members better understand the conference paper selection process. Before reviews are assigned, there will be a teleconference discussing the components of good and bad reviews. Following the Student PC meeting, there will be a meta-discussion about the process. This discussion will focus on how to effectively review papers and the dynamics of choosing a conference program. After the Student PC, the Student PC reviews will be sent 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, CCS, NDSS, 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. If you are interested in participating, please apply by filling out the Google Form here by November 5, 2018. The following information is asked for:

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59:59 PST (UTC-8).

Deadline to apply for Student PC November 5, 2018
Student PC membership notification November 8, 2018
Conference submission deadline December 1, 2018
Bids for papers to review December 6, 2018
Review deadline January 10, 2019
Discussion period January 11-21, 2019
Student PC meeting January 25, 2019

Student Program Committee


Tom Moyer University of North Carolina at Charlotte