Call for Nominations
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.
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.
Each nominated dissertation must have been accepted
(successfully defended) by the department between
October 2010 and September 2011. Exceptional
dissertations completed in September 2010, but too late
for submission last year will be considered. Only English
language versions will be accepted. Please send a copy
of the thesis in PDF format to email@example.com.
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.
Submissions must be received by October 31, 2011
to qualify for consideration.
Each nomination must be accompanied by an assignment
to ACM by the author of exclusive publication rights.
(Copyright reverts to author if not selected for publication.)
Winning dissertations will be published by Springer.
Dissertations will be reviewed for technical depth and
significance of the research contribution, potential impact
on theory and practice, and quality of presentation.
A committee of five individuals serving staggered five-year
terms performs an initial screening to generate a short
list, followed by an in-depth evaluation to determine
the winning dissertation.
The selection committee will select the winning dissertation
in early 2012.
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 Google.
For Submission Procedure