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ACM AWARDS. SIG BOARD Chicago, February 5, 2007 Calvin Gotlieb, Co-chair, ACM Awards Committee Awards Committee Structure ACM President |

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acm awards



Chicago, February 5, 2007

Calvin Gotlieb,

Co-chair, ACM Awards Committee

awards committee structure www acm org awards
Awards Committee

ACM President


ACM Awards Committee


ACM-wide Award Selection CommitteesSIG Award Selection Committees

A.M. Turing Award, Distinguished Service SIGACT Goedel Prize

Software System, Doctoral Dissertation SIGADA Distinguished Service

Grace Murray Hopper, Fellows SIGAPL Kenneth E. Iverson

Outstanding Contribution to ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes

Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice SIGCAS Making a Difference

International Science and Engineering Fair SIGCSE Lifetime Service

Eugene Lawler SIGRAPH Stephen A. Cook

Gordon Bell Prize (with Supercomputing Conf,) SIGMETRIC Achievement

Eckert_Mauchly (with IEEE CS) SIGDOC Joseph T. Rigo

Allen Newell (with AAAI) SIGMOD Innovations

Computational Science and Eng,( with SIAM) SIGMOD Test of Time

Distinguished Member, Senior Member SIGPLAN Programming Languages

Canvassing Subcommittees SIGSOFT Outstanding Research

SIGWEB/SIR Vannevar Bush


58 in all

SIG Board Feb. 5, 2007

policies re award establishment www acm org awards policies html

Awards may be for:

Merit Service Best paper

New Awards

  • Must have ACM sponsoring unit – SIG, Council, Awards Committee …

(May be in conjunction with other groups)

  • Must include:

Statements of criteria, frequency

Descriptions of nomination, selection processes, form of the award

Plan for financing honorarium, where applicable

  • Must be approved by ACM Awards Committee
  • Named Awards must be approved by Council –after recommendation

Pro forma approval for Service, Best paper awards with proper documentation

SIG Board Feb. 5, 2007

acm awards committee
ACM Awards Committee


Monitors progress of award selection committees

Advises on policy, new awards

Does not select award winners


ACM President (Stuart Feldman), CEO (John White) ex-officio

Chair (Co-chairs—Calvin Gotlieb, Jim Horning)

Current chairs of ACM-wide Award Selection committees

SIG Chairs Liaison with Awards Committee ( Fred Niederman)

Meets annually in conjunction with ACM Awards Banquet

Annual Report (Follow link from Awards web page)

Rosemary McGuiness at ACM HQ Awards Liaison

SIG Board Feb. 5, 2007

acm wide award selection committees
ACM-wide Award Selection Committees
  • Consist of 3-5 ACM members for 3-5 year terms

(Note: Award winners need not be members of ACM)

  • Practice is for members to assume chair in next-to-last year
  • Members may be appointed by Award Committee co-chairs

Committee chair must be approved by ACM President

Because of Practice, Presidential approval sought before


  • Recommendations for appointments welcomed from:

Outgoing chairs

SIGs, where interests coincide with those of the Award

  • Except for Fellows Committee, award selection done by e-mail,

conference call

SIG Board Feb. 5, 2007

nominations for awards
Nominations for Awards
  • Nomination process must be open, broad
  • Nominations for merit awards should not be made by members of the selection committee (Acceptable for service, best paper awards)

If you know of a worthy candidate, it is reasonable to approach

a friend, and solicit a nomination on his/her behalf

  • Be aware of cliques where a small group of members nominate each other
  • Practice on holdovers from one year to the next, varies

Most committees do have holdovers for small number of years

SIG Board Feb. 5, 2007

acm awards banquet annual meeting of awards committee
ACM Awards Banquet, Annual Meeting of Awards Committee
  • Held in different city each year, as determined by Council
  • May be stand-alone, or with a conference, Council meeting --
  • Banquet now ACM gala event, with President presiding

Seating usually sold out

  • ACM covers travel costs of incoming, outgoing chairs of ACM-wide

Award committees

  • Awards Banquet Program lists award winners (both ACM-wide and SIG), citations, identifies sponsors, previous award winners, award nomination procedures, etc. (see sample distribution)

2007 Awards Banquet Saturday, June 9, San Diego

SIG Board Feb. 5, 2007