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The ACM Doctoral Dissertation Competition The ACM Doctoral Dissertation Competition
RULES OF THE COMPETITION
ACM established the Doctoral Dissertation Award
program to recognize and encourage superior research
and writing by doctoral candidates in computer science
and engineering. These awards are presented
annually at the ACM Awards Banquet.
SUBMISSIONS: Nominations are limited to one per
university or college, from any country, unless more
than 10 Ph.D.’s are granted in one year, in which case
two may be nominated.
DEADLINE: Submissions must be received at ACM
headquarters by October 30, 2009 to qualify for
ELIGIBILITY: Each nominated dissertation must have
been accepted by the department between October
2008 and September 2009. Only English language
versions will be accepted. Please send a copy of the
thesis in PDF format to
SPONSORSHIP: Each nomination shall be forwarded
by the thesis advisor and must include the
endorsement of the department head. A one-page
summary of the significance of the dissertation written
by the advisor must accompany the transmittal.
PUBLICATION RIGHTS: Each nomination must be
accompanied by an assignment to ACM by the author
of exclusive publication rights.
PUBLICATION: Winning dissertations will be
published by Springer.
SELECTION PROCEDURE: Each nominated
dissertation will be screened by three to six specialists
in the relevant fields to provide a preliminary
On the basis of these evaluations, five finalists will be
chosen for submission to a selection committee of six
persons who serve staggered terms of three years.
The selection committee will select the winning
dissertation in early 2010.
AWARD: The Doctoral Dissertation Award is
accompanied by a prize of $20,000 and the Honorable
Mention Award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000.
Financial sponsorship of the award is provided by