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.
Submissions must be received at ACM headquarters by
october 31, 2010 to qualify for consideration.
Each nominated dissertation must have been accepted
by the department between October 2009 and
September 2010. 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
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
The selection committee will select the winning dissertation
in early 2011.
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.
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