ACM has implemented the following change to the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award nomination process:
Nominators and endorsers for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award will now be required to indicate whether they are aware of any action committed by the candidate that violates the ACM Code of Ethics and ACM's Core Values. See the Policy for Honors Conferred by ACM.
Eligibility (for either award): Dissertations certified from October 1st, 2021 through September 30, 2022.
Nomination materials, including supporting letters, should be uploaded by Friday, September 16, 2022 (11:59PM ET) via the uploader available below.
We know ACM timing allows for theses certified after our internal deadline. Please contact Jenn directly if you anticipate nominating your advisee's thesis that will be certified *after* the internal SCS deadline of September 16th.
Any CS-related thesis is eligible for consideration for the ACM award, including those of students in any SCS or ECE doctoral program. All SCS and ECE faculty are invited to submit nominations for these doctoral dissertation awards, following the procedures detailed on this page.
ECE nominated theses are only eligible for consideration for the ACM nominations.
Internal Nomination Overview
Important! Please note internal SCS Nomination Details that DIFFER from those on ACM's website.
SCS & ECE grant more than 10 doctoral degrees annually. SCS, through an agreement with ACM, manages the upload of two nominations each year.
Advisors should NOT nominate their student's thesis directly to ACM.
Selection Criteria: Dissertations will be reviewed for technical depth and significance of the research contribution, potential impact on theory and practice, and quality of presentation.
We expect the nomination sets for ACM/SCS to intersect, but not necessarily be the same. Moreover, the thesis chosen for the SCS Distinguished Dissertation Award may not necessarily be chosen to be one of the two sent as Carnegie Mellon's nominations to ACM.
We will follow up directly with Dept. Heads for the endorsement letter to complete the nomination packet.
4. Indication of which award(s) the nomination is for (ACM / SCS / both).
You can reload this page and reuse the uploader as many times as necessary until you have provided all packet items.
When are the awards announced?
The SCS Doctoral Dissertation Award winner is announced at the beginning of November each fall semester, at the conclusion of the selection process.
The ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award *NOMINEES* are announced at the beginning of November at the same time as the announcement for the SCS award *WINNER*.
The ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award winner is announced by ACM in the spring, after the ACM selection process is completed and presented at the ACM awards celebration.
A note about endorsement letters
Each letter should include the name, address, and telephone number of the endorser.
Writers are able to upload files themselves and do not need to send them via email to anyone unless you specifically request they do so. You can provide them a link to this page when requesting their endorsement.
We strongly encourage letters be uploaded by the internal nomination deadline. They are read and used by the SCS Nominating Committee as part of the nomination and award process. The committee takes into consideration expert information provided in support letters to help determine the outcome of the SCS award in addition to the 2 nominations sent on to ACM.