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HCC '03 is sponsoring a special research event for graduate student researchers, as well as for a few other participants, who are working on research relevant to the research theme below. The application process's deadline was June 10.

Research Theme

Can programming power be made viable for educationally disadvantaged people?

There are many schools, particularly in minority and rural areas, that struggle to provide even the basics of education, let alone technological experiences. This problem can exist in particular schools, or for particular populations at schools that serve some populations better than others. Educational disadvantage can be influenced by ethnicity, geographic factors, economic status, and societal mores.

With little experience or confidence in their ability to deal with technology, educationally disadvantaged people face serious obstacles against coping with software designed by and for "information haves". To be able to realize their own potential, members of this population need information power. Whether and how software with the power of programmability can be viable for this population is the subject of this event.


There are three types of participants:

  • Graduate student researchers: The student researchers who have been selected will be presenting their work to a panel of experts and to interested conference attendees. The goal is to exchange ideas, generate new ones, and receive constructive feedback. 2-page research abstracts of those selected will also be included in the conference proceedings.
  • Outside expert participation: An additional "outside expert" participant will assist the panel of experts in providing constructive feedback and insights.
  • Other conference attendees: All HCC'03 conference attendees are invited to attend the event to listen to the presentations, interact with the participants, and add to the feedback available to the presenters. No sign-up process or registration fee is involved. The event will be one of the tracks during a portion of the main conference.

Event Format

The event will be a parallel track during the main conference. It will consist of brief presentations by the students of their research, followed by short positive critiques from the panel of experts.

Committee/Panel and Event Organizers

The committee members are:

The committee members, besides working together to make the participant selections, will serve on the panel of experts. The selected graduate student researchers will make presentations about their research to this panel, and the panel will offer constructive comments and advice to help them advance their research.

This event is being organized by Margaret Burnett, burnett@cs.orst.edu.

Last modified by M. Burnett on Aug. 7, 2003