The CSUS Fund is intended to financially support undergraduate students in academic enrichment and/or professional development conferences. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented minorities to take advantage of these opportunities. A list of conferences we’ve curated for you to get some inspiration is below.


Eligibility requirements:

  • Undergraduate student in a Computer Science program pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Science, or Bachelor of Science

  • Applicants can receive a maximum of $500 per conference



Conference Suggestions

ACM’s Special Interest Group Conferences || all year, everywhere

  • Look at this calendar for over 170 conferences throughout the calendar year. 

  • These events span a host of technologies that drive the dynamic computing discipline. They include Artificial Intelligence, Computing Applications, Digital Content, Computer Science Education, Hardware Design, Interaction, Networking, Software, Operations and Management, Performance, Theory and more. 

  • ACM SIG events range in size from conferences with tens of thousands of attendees to small workshops. 

  • Conferences typically incorporate invited lectures, paper and poster sessions, and panel sessions with prominent international experts and scholars.  

  • Many also feature product exhibitions, job fairs, tutorials, and student research competitions that generate networking opportunities for all attendees.


Beyond The Code || September, Toronto

  • One day conference

  • Conference focused on diversifying the technology industry

  • For all levels, very cool speakers active in the inclusivity space


ACM’s Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing || September

  • Two students attended in 2016

  • Focused on increasing underrepresented minorities in CS fields

  • Sample schedule here: 2016 schedule


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Conferences || September, Waterloo

  • Several students attend every year

  • Research workshop event, focused on academia and grad school

  • Mixers and panels, research samplers, mini projects, and sharing your own work

  • All-expenses paid


Start @ A Startup || October, NYC

  • Entrepreneurship-focused conference to connect college students and top start-ups

  • Small conference (sponsored by Business Today and Sequoia, a top venture capital firm) so you’ll have a lot of one-on-one time in the conversation circles and after keynotes

  • High profile start-ups and speakers

  • All-expenses paid


Lesbians Who Tech || variable, NYC and San Francisco

  • One student attended in 2016

  • High-profile speakers such as the CTO of the US, sample schedule here

  • TED-style talks, roundtables, mixers, panels, hackathon, career fair


Web Unleashed || October, Toronto

  • Focus on front-end development

  • Makeup is mostly industry attendees

  • Four tracks, mostly presentations/talks, some informal sessions in the evening


Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing || October

  • Four students attended in 2015, five attended in 2016

  • 15,000 attendees in 2016, focus is increasing women representation in computing

  • Talks, academic posters, mentoring sessions, high-profile keynotes: sample 2016 schedule here

  • Very industry-focused, lots of speakers from large companies

  • Career fair has over 300 employers who conduct interviews at the conference

  • Cool “after hours” events, sample 2016 schedule here

  • Many companies have scholarships for this conference: see resource list here


WINE2016: The 12th Conference on Web and Internet Economics || December, Montreal

  • The Conference on Web and Internet Economics (WINE) is an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas and results on incentives and computation arising from these various fields.

  • Talks in theoretical computer science, artificial intelligence, and microeconomics. These problems are of particular importance in application areas like the Web and the Internet that involve large and diverse populations.


Canadian University Software Engineering Conference || January, Montreal

  • CSUS sponsors students to attend every year

  • Tech talks and breakout sessions, speakers include McGill alum/professors

  • They do a great job of choosing very different, interesting speakers

  • Career fair and “after hours” events as well


International Conference on Computer Science Networks and Information Technology || June, Montreal

  • Organized by the Innovative Research Publication

  • 5th to 6th June 2017 at the University of Quebec at Montreal in Montreal, Canada

  • The conference will cover areas like Algorithms and techniques, artificial intelligence, circuit implementation for fuzzy systems, circuit modelling and scientific computing, component based development and many more.