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When I recently submitted a paper to a conference, there was a checkbox asking whether the first author is a student. Did you encounter anything like that? Does this means the reviewers will consider this and will be less strict?

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    Is there any kind of student paper award at this conference ?
    – Distic
    Commented Dec 2, 2017 at 15:46
  • No announcement about this.
    – user79961
    Commented Dec 2, 2017 at 15:54
  • @user79961 For further evidence, you can also check the websites of the conference's earlier editions. (But note that conference websites don't always announce the award winners.) Commented Dec 2, 2017 at 16:07

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It can mean lots of things and only the conference organizers can tell you the reason. There could be student paper awards, travel awards, or student presentation sessions. There could be research speed dating or a desire to have more student presentations in each section.

Likely the peer review will not change, but the selection process might chnage. Paper selection is not just about the best paper, but about the best fit given the goals of the conference.

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As suggested in @Distic's comment, the purpose of this question is probably to identify candidates for a student paper award.

does this means the reviewers will consider this and will be less strict?

In a decent conference, probably not. The audiences of these conferences expect that high standards are applied to submissions. These standards need to be enforced regardless of the authors' identities.

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    Sometimes reviewers don't even know who's paper they are reviewing at these things
    – dalearn
    Commented Dec 2, 2017 at 16:30

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