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: PLMW - Session 1 at Fountain View
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Darya MelicherCarnegie Mellon University
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Joshua SunshineCarnegie Mellon University
10:30 - 12:00: PLMW - Session 2 at Fountain View
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Yannis SmaragdakisUniversity of Athens
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Alex PotaninVictoria University of Wellington
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13:30 - 15:00: PLMW - Session 3 at Fountain View
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Jan VitekNortheastern University
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Andrew BlackPortland State University
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15:30 - 17:00: PLMW - Session 4 at Fountain View
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Jonathan BellColumbia University, Chris MartensCarnegie Mellon University, Timothy JonesVictoria University of Wellington
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Darya MelicherCarnegie Mellon University