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Educator Scholarships

Chair: Eugene Wallingford, University of Northern Iowa, edu_symp@oopsla.org


OOPSLA is delighted to announce the availability of scholarships for educators from 2- and 4-year colleges to attend the OOPSLA 2005 and the Educators' Symposium. These scholarships are sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN).

Scholarship recipients receive:

  • Registration to the OOPSLA 2005 conference.
  • Registration to the OOPSLA 2005 Educators' Symposium.
  • Registration to 1 full-day tutorial, or 2 half-day tutorials, at the conference.
  • Reimbursement for transportation and accommodation expenses up to a maximum of $600 (within North America) or $900 (outside of North America).

Important Dates

Application due date: July 22, 2005
Notification of decision: August 15, 2005
Formal acceptance due: August 29, 2005
Early registration due: September 8, 2005

Selection Criteria

Educator scholarships will be awarded on the basis of:

  • financial need
  • contribution to the symposium, through presentation or participation
  • involvement in teaching OO

Involvement may consist of introducing OO instruction into a department, developing materials for teaching OO, disseminating ideas for teaching OO into the community, and so on.

Submission Requirements

Each applicant must submit:

  • a completed application form (see below)

  • two signed letters of support

    • one from your department chair or dean.

      This letter should speak to the applicant's role teaching OO courses at the institution and to the applicant's financial need.

    • one from another person who can speak about the applicant's involvement in teaching OO technology.

      This letter should speak to the applicant's teaching of OO and how the applicant (and thus the applicant's institution) will benefit from receiving a scholarship.

Submission Process

All application materials must be submitted in two ways:

  • First, send an electronic copy of the completed application form to Eugene Wallingford at edu_symp@oopsla.org
  • Electronic submissions must be in one of the following forms: plain text, HTML, or PDF.

  • Second, send the full set of application materials to the OOPSLA 2005 administration office at:
    OOPSLA 2005
    6220 NE Glisan St.
    Portland, OR 97213


    If you have any questions for the office, call +1-503-252-5709. Fax submissions will not be accepted.

Acceptance Requirements

Scholarship recipients must accept the award by August 29, 2005, by sending an e-mail message to Eugene Wallingford at edu_symp@acm.org. In accepting an educator scholarship, the recipient agrees to:

  • register for OOPSLA 2005 using the on-line registration system by the conference's early registration deadline, September 8, 2005.

    Complete the on-line registration form. Print the completed form for faxing to the OOPSLA office and, in the space for payment method, write "EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT" prominently.

  • attend the full conference, October 16-20, 2005.

  • submit an expense report for reimbursement of transportation and accommodation expenses by November 14, 2005.

  • submit an experience report by November 28, 2005 that details concrete results from having participated in the conference and educators' symposium.

Application Form




     Your position in the department:

     Have you received prior support for attending OOPSLA conferences?

          If YES, describe briefly the support you received, and how
          the experience of attending OOPSLA helped you and your
          institution improve its OO education and training.

     Have you applied for any other support for attending OOPSLA 2005:

          If YES, indicate the other forms of support for which have
          you applied.

     List the courses in your department that include OO technology.
     Give the course name and number, and the number of students
     enrolled annually.  Indicate which of these, if any, you are
     involved in teaching.

     Either (1) describe something innovative that you are doing in
     teaching OO or (2) describe how the symposium can play an essential
     role in helping you to advance the state of teaching OO in your

     List your objectives for attending OOPSLA 2005.

     Describe how you will satisfy these objectives at OOPSLA 2005.

     Explain how you will use your experience at OOPSLA 2005 to promote
     OO technology within your department or college. Be specific, and
     provide a target date for achieving each objective.

     Reply to each of the following:
        o I am able to attend the full conference, October 16-20, 2005.
        o I intend to participate in the Educators' Symposium in some
          way, by presenting a paper or nifty assignment, leading a
          discussion, moderating a session, or wherever I am needed.
        o I am able to submit my expense report by November 14, 2005.
        o I am able to submit my experience report by November 28, 2005.

     Include any other information that will help explain your need and
     desire to attend OOPSLA 2005.

Program Committee

Owen Astrachan, Duke University, USA
Robert Biddle, Carleton University, Canada
Robert Duvall, Duke University, USA
Jutta Eckstein, Independent Consultant, Germany
Mary Lynn Manns, University of North Carolina, Asheville, USA
Rick Mercer, University of Arizona, USA
Chris Nevison, Colgate University, USA
Eugene Wallingford, University of Northern Iowa, USA