The Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity (SPLASH) conference is the premier conference at the intersection of programming languages and software engineering and embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery. Every year, SPLASH attracts over 500 attendees. Besides the keynotes, the conference will feature close to 100 talks by leading researchers in the field of Programming Languages and Software Engineering, and various opportunities for networking, especially valuable for students considering graduate school.

The purpose of Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) is to give promising undergraduate students from around Pittsburgh who consider pursuing a graduate degree in this field an overview of what research in this field looks like and how to get into and succeed in graduate school. In other words, a combination whirlwind tour of this research area, networking opportunity, and how-to-succeed guide. The program of PLMW will include talks by prominent researchers of the field of programming languages and software engineering providing an insight in their research.


Applicants can be junior or senior undergraduates of computer science or related fields.


Each workshop participant will receive a scholarship that will cover the following expenses:

  • Conference registration (PLMW and 3-day Main Conference), offering access to all open sessions (i.e., parallel paper presentations, demonstrations, and workshops) and conference proceedings
  • Lunches, dinners, and refreshments during breaks on all the four days
  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation (if required)


We expect participants to be available for full four (4) days from October 27th to 30th, 2015. If it is necessary to skip a day or part of a day, please note so and explain why in the application.

How to Apply

To be considered as a PLMW participant, please fill out an application form on or before September 18th, 2015.

Acceptance Notification

All applications received by September 18th, 2015 will be reviewed, and selected students will be notified by September 27th, 2015.

We are looking forward to receiving your application and seeing you this fall at SPLASH 2015!

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09:00 - 10:00: Session 1PLMW at Fountain View
09:00 - 09:15
Day opening
Opening Remarks
Darya MelicherCarnegie Mellon University
09:15 - 10:00
SE & PL Research Overview
Joshua SunshineCarnegie Mellon University
10:30 - 12:00: Session 2PLMW at Fountain View
10:30 - 11:15
Why Do a PhD and How to Pick an Area
Yannis SmaragdakisUniversity of Athens
Media Attached
11:15 - 12:00
Life in Academia After Your PhD
Alex PotaninVictoria University of Wellington
File Attached
13:30 - 15:00: Session 3PLMW at Fountain View
13:30 - 14:15
Repeatability, Reproducibility and Rigor in CS Research
Jan VitekNortheastern University
File Attached
14:15 - 15:00
Why Programming Languages Matter
Andrew BlackPortland State University
File Attached
15:30 - 17:00: Session 4PLMW at Fountain View
15:30 - 16:30
Panel: Graduate School: Why and How?
Jonathan BellColumbia University, Chris MartensCarnegie Mellon University, Timothy JonesVictoria University of Wellington
16:30 - 17:00
What to Do at SPLASH
Darya MelicherCarnegie Mellon University