ICSE 2025
Sat 26 April - Sun 4 May 2025 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Student Mentoring Workshop (SMeW) at ICSE encourages and supports students who are entering the Software Engineering (SE) research community. The goal of the workshop is to attract students to research careers in SE, to demystify the graduate school experience, and to offer first-hand perspectives on the graduate study from recent Ph.D. graduates, young scholars, and senior researchers. SMeW’s core mission is to foster the development of the next generation of researchers in our community — supporting undergraduates and master’s degree students who are applying to Ph.D. programs, and early-career Ph.D. students who are just beginning their studies. SMeW aims to foster an inclusive community, promoting diversity and increasing the participation of students who are members of underrepresented groups in computing.

The workshop program will focus on important skills for beginning researchers and will offer mentoring opportunities with senior researchers attending the conference, discussing the topics such as the following.

  • How to build a mentoring network and what to look for? What is the difference between mentorship and sponsorship?
  • How to network effectively at a conference? How to find your cohort and support groups? How to find a mentor and what to look for?
  • What non-technical skills are also essential for a research career? To give a good presentation? To write an outstanding paper? To find great collaborators?
  • What are the possible research career trajectories (e.g., differences across academia, industry, startups, consulting)?
  • What are the new, emerging areas in software engineering research?
  • What are the best practices and common pitfalls in an early-stage research career?


The workshop will be structured to encourage interaction and confidential small-group discussions. We aim to provide a supportive and friendly environment for students to share their personal experiences and seek advice from their mentors comfortably. We will match mentors and mentees into small groups based on their technical and non-technical interests.

More information on the workshop organization, date, and how to participate will be posted by August 2024.