Call for ACM Award Nominations

See below for upcoming deadlines for ACM Award Nominations.  As usual, the CATCS is available to help with the nomination process (in the form of providing advice, connecting you with others who might help, etc.); just contact a member of the committee.

Note that for ACM Fellow Nominations, the candidate must have been a Professional Member of ACM (not just SIGACT member) for at least 5 years continuously.  Similarly, becoming an IEEE Fellow requires 5 years of continuous IEEE membership (not just IEEE Computer Society Membership).

In addition to the awards below, note that there are also several SIGACT-specific awards.


From: Rosemary McGuinness
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 3:51 PM
Subject: Call for Award Nominations


As part of its mission, ACM brings broad recognition to outstanding technical and professional achievements in the computing and information technology community. Each year our award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates in a wide spectrum of professional and technological arenas.

We welcome nominations by ACM members of those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments. Please refer to the ACM Awards website at for:

• award descriptions and information on former winners

• nomination procedures, members of the 2013 Award Committees, and contact information

Each award has its own nomination cycle. The following nominations are due this Fall.

Nominations due September 5:

Fellows:  ACM’s most prestigious member grade which recognizes the top 1% of members

Nominations due October 31:

ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award:   best doctoral dissertation in computer science and engineering

Nominations due November 30, 2013:

A.M. Turing Award:   major contributions of lasting importance to computing

ACM – Infosys Foundation Award:   personal contributions by young scientists and system developers

Distinguished Service Award:    service contributions to the computing community at large

Grace Murray Hopper Award:   outstanding young computer professional, based on a single recent major technical or service contribution

Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award:   theoretical accomplishments that have had significant impact on practice

Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award:   advancing new teaching methodologies, curriculum development in computing, or significant contributions to ACM’s educational mission

Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award:   outstanding contributions to ACM, in both value and degree

ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award:   career contributions with breadth or that bridge computer science and other disciplines

Software System Award:    developing a software system that has had a lasting influence

For SIG-specific Awards, please visit

Cherri Pancake (, ACM Awards Committee Chair
Elisa Bertino (, SIG Governing Board Awards Committee Liaison
Rosemary McGuinness (, ACM Awards Committee Liaison

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

U.S. Citizens with PhDs in theoretical computer science (or other fields) who have an interest in policy and/or public service should consider applying for a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship.  These provide opportunities to serve for up to 3 years working with Congress or a federal agency on science-related policymaking.  In particular, there are opportunities within the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE).

Applications are due by November 1. 

We also encourage people from the TCS community to think about proposing a session on an exciting area of research at a future AAAS Meeting.  Such a session typically would involve 3-4 speakers giving talks aimed at a general audience, and are a great way to increase the public awareness and visibility of the field.  The sessions for the February 2014 meeting are already decided, but eventually there should be an open call for proposals for the 2015 meeting.

NSF Algorithmic Foundations and SaTC solicitations

NSF has released its 2013-14 solicitations for its Core Programs, including the “Algorithmic Foundations (AF)” program, which is the core program focused on theoretical computer science.  Contrary to possible historical reputations, the AF program has had quite reasonable grant sizes and funding rates in recent years, so do consider sending a proposal!  The relevant deadlines are:

– medium proposals ($500k-$1.2m): Oct 15
– large proposals ($1.2m-$3m): Nov 19
– small proposals ($0-$500k): Jan 17.

Note that the small deadline is now in January, rather than December.

The same deadlines also apply for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, which funds a lot of TCS work in cryptography, security, and privacy.   Instead of a “large” category, the SaTC program has “frontier” proposals, which can be as large as $10m.  And it also accepts proposals in “cybersecurity education,” with a deadline of Dec 19.