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The goal of PLMW is to introduce undergraduates, masters students, and early PhD students with a particular emphasis on women and under-represented minorities to research in the field of programming language design and implementation.

Call for Scholarship Applications & Participation (Deadline: April 15)

We invite early graduate students and undergraduates to apply for a scholarship and to participate in the Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

The purpose of this mentoring workshop is to encourage and prepare graduate students and senior undergraduate students to pursue careers in programming language research. The workshop also includes specific mentoring opportunities for students who belong to traditionally underrepresented populations, including women, people of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.

Throughout the day, we’ll have technical sessions, to discuss cutting-edge research in programming languages; and mentoring sessions, to help you learn about, prepare, and succeed in your research career. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk with top programming language researchers and other students interested in programming language research.

This workshop is part of the activities surrounding the Programming Languages Design and Implementation (PLDI) conference and takes place the day before the main conference. One goal of the workshop is to make the PLDI conference more accessible to newcomers. We hope that participants will stay through the entire conference. Other events that follow the workshop include the Programming Languages Summer School and the European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP).

Scholarship funds are available for students to attend PLMW@PLDI. These scholarships should cover reasonable expenses (airfare, hotel, and registration fees) for attendance at both the workshop and an associated event (such as the PLDI conference or the summer school), but are limited. We welcome students with alternative sources of funding to attend as well; but everyone who plans to attend needs to apply.

Apply for a scholarship and to participate at PLMW@PLDI:


The deadline for full consideration of funding is SATURDAY, APRIL 15. Selected participants will be notified by APRIL 29 and will need to pre-register and commit to attending the workshop by MAY 10. Applicants who apply after April 15 but by May 15 may be eligible to receive funding, if funds remain, and will be notified by by May 29.

Additionally, if you are currently a student in the United States who cannot (or will not) travel due to concerns about US travel restrictions, we encourage you to apply and let us know. We may be able to arrange another form of mentoring for you.

We look forward to seeing you!

The PLMW@PLDI Organizers

  • Michael Carbin, MIT
  • Stephen Chong, Harvard University
  • Işıl Dillig, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ben Wiedermann, Harvey Mudd College

Useful links

Workshop website (will have useful details as the workshop draws near):


Associated events:

PLDI: http://pldi17.sigplan.org/home

Summer School: http://conf.researchr.org/track/pldi-ecoop-2017/ecoop-2017-Summer-School

ECOOP: http://2017.ecoop.org/home

Previous Programming Languages Mentoring Workshops

@POPL17: http://conf.researchr.org/track/POPL-2017/PLMW-2017

@PLDI16: http://conf.researchr.org/track/pldi-2016/PLMW-PLDI-2016

@SPLASH16: http://2016.splashcon.org/track/splash-2016-plmw

@ICFP16: http://conf.researchr.org/track/icfp-2016/PLMW-ICFP-2016

Important Dates AoE (UTC-12h)
Sun 18 Jun 2017 -
Sat 29 Apr 2017
Scholarship notification deadline
Sat 15 Apr 2017
Application deadline