College of Computing Annual Awards and Honors

The 28th Annual College of Computing Awards Celebration will be held Thursday, April 18, 2019 in the Klaus Atrium.

Nominations for the CoC Awards will be accepted from November through January via a webpage that is under construction.

Please also see the links to Institute awards at the end of this page, as well as recommendations for Institute awards within each CoC Awards category. For a small amount of additional effort, your nomination can also be considered at the Institute level. Institute events information is listed at specialevents.gatech.edu. Please ask questions via email to awards at cc.gatech.edu. You may also contact the 2018-2019 CoC Awards Chair, Kishore Ramachandran.

Nomination Deadlines

The COC award nomination deadline is Friday, February 1, 2018. 

The Institute award deadlines are in January (please see the sites at the bottom of this page).

Please email the awards committee mailbox with any questions.

We encourage you to consult with your school and college award committee chairs for advice and support in making GT nominations. For a list of this year's school and college award committee chairs, please email awards@cc.gatech.edu or click HERE.

Before making a nomination, please review the College's list of past winners.

Also note that a few of the awards will not be given to the same person within a certain number of years.

Dean's Office Awards

The Dean’s Award

This annual award is given to the person (or persons) in the College who, in the Dean’s opinion, represents the best of the College recognizing outstanding dedication to the College.

  • Award Amount: Determined by the fund

Selected by the Dean


The Lester Endowment Award

Established by Faye R. and James D. Lester III, this annual award is to recognize faculty members in the College of Computing whose research in Internet phenomena is deemed noteworthy.

  • Award Amount: Determined by the fund

Selected at the discretion of the Dean or his/her appointed designee(s).


The Edenfield Faculty Fellowship Award

The College is seeking applications for the James C. Edenfield Faculty Fellowship Award. This award will be made in one half-time Graduate Research Assistant for the following academic year or the equivalent. The purpose of this award is to recognize Faculty who have made particular strides in their area of research and to enable that outstanding individual to further strengthen their scholarly activities in the College of Computing.

  • Award Amount: Determined by the fund

Selected by: the Dean and/or his appointed designee.


Faculty Awards

The William A. “gus” Baird Faculty Teaching Award

This award for Associate and Full Professors is named after "gus" Baird. He was known as gus with a small "g". He had many memorable sayings that his students called, "gus-isms".  Nominees should possess qualities that make them stand out just as "gus" Baird had.

  • Must have taught at least two courses for a minimum of six credits during the previous calendar year, with at least one being an undergraduate course.
  • An individual may receive this award not more than once every four years.
  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: Associate and Full Professors
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Students, Staff

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition - 

We encourage you to also consider an Institute nomination for the:

  • Class of 1940 Outstanding Teacher

Outstanding Senior Faculty Research Award

Criteria for this award include the quality of publications and the significance and impact of research. An individual may receive this award not more than once every four years.

  • An individual may receive this award not more than once every four years.
  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: Associate and Full professors.
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition - 

We encourage you to also consider an Institute nomination for the:

  • Doctoral Thesis Advisor
  • Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Author
  • Outstanding Achievement in Research Innovation
  • Senior faculty outstanding undergraduate research mentor
  • Sigma Xi Best Faculty Paper Award
  • Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award

Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award

Nominees for this award should have research that include the quality publications and research that contains significance and impact in computing. There should be influence and visibility both in the College and in the computing community. 

  • An individual may receive this award not more than once every four years.
  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: Assistant Professors
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition - 

We encourage you to also consider an Institute nomination for the:

  • Junior faculty Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor
  • Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award
  • Sigma Xi Best Faculty Paper Award

The Lockheed Excellence in Teaching Award

This award recognizes outstanding educators. Recipients are selected for extraordinary effectiveness in classroom teaching, educational innovations, inspiration transmitted to students, direct impact and involvement with students, and impact on the postgraduate success of students.

  • Award amount: Determined by the fund
  • Who is Eligible: Assistant Professors
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty and Students

The Lockheed Inspirational Young Faculty Award

The award recognizes inspirational professors and mentors. Recipients are selected based upon contributions that inspire, recruit, develop, and uplift students to reach for their dreams and to excel. Many types of contributions can be considered inspirational, such as K-12 outreach, recruitment and mentoring of students from underrepresented groups, successful advising and research activities that result in extraordinary student accomplishments, and receipt of awards based on student votes.

  • Award amount: Determined by the fund
  • Who is Eligible: Assistant Professors
  • Who can nominate: Faculty and Students

Faculty Mentor Award

This award is given annually to a tenure-track Faculty member who is nominated by their peers. The award recognizes the time and effort that the nominee provides mentoring and serving within the College of computing community. 

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: Tenure-Track Faculty
  • Who Can Nominate: Tenure-Track Faculty

The William D. "Bill" Leahy Jr. Outstanding Instructor Award

This award is named after Lecturer "Bill" Leahy (Director of the Division of Computing Instruction) and announced in 2017, in honor of his retirement. The qualities to consider when making a nomination are those that Bill Leahy was known for: uniqueness and enthusiasm in teaching, thorough knowledge of subject being taught, genuine interest in making an impact, excellent communication skills, responsive to students and availablility and accessibility to students.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: Lecturers who are not Tenure-Track Faculty
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Students

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition - 

We encourage you to also consider an Institute nomination for the:

  • CETL Undergraduate Educator Award
  • CETL innovation in laboratory instruction Award

Outstanding Research Scientist Award

Nominees for this award should be Research Faculty who have conducted quality research, possibly with publications and have made an impact in computing. They should also have provided leadership and visibility both in the College and in the computing community. 

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: All Research Faculty
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Staff

Outstanding Research Faculty Award

This award recognizes outstanding research faculty in the College of Computing. Recipients are selected based on extraordinary effectiveness in making changes and improving daily operations toward fulfillment of the mission of the College and of Georgia Tech.

Criteria include but are not limited to: helping implement new procedures & programs, improving existing programs, demonstrating soundness of decisions, providing leadership within the College or throughout the Institute, and service in representing the College in dealings with outside organizations.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: All Research Faculty
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Staff

Outstanding Post Doctorate Research Award

This award is given for outstanding research by a postdoctorial nominated by the faculty. Candidates for this award will conduct research and bodies of work that excel in quality and significance with impact among the Computing Community. 

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty

Graduate Student Awards​

​Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Some qualities to consider when making a nomination: enthusiasm in teaching, knowledge of subject matter, interest in making an impact, excellent communication skills, and thorough engagement with students.

  • An individual Teaching Assistant may not recieve this award more than once.
  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: Students hired with the GTA classification 
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award

Some qualities to consider when making a nomination: exceptional research and relations with the research advisor, interest in making an impact and co-authored written and presented publications.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: Students hired with the GRA Classification
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty

MS Research Award

This award recognizes outstanding research conducted by a master’s student, which often results in publication, technical reports, invention disclosures, useful software tools, or other tangible research deliverables.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: Master's Students
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty

CS 7001 Research Award

Recipients nominated by CS 7001 Instructors for outstanding research in CS 7001.

  • Award Amount: $250
  • Who is Eligible: Current Academic year CS 7001 Students.
  • Who Can Nominate: CS 7001 Instructors

Selected by: Recipients can be nominated by CS 7001 Instructors


CoC Dissertation Award

The College of Computing Dissertation Award recognizes and encourages superior research and writing by College of Computing Ph.D. students. This award is the only CoC award where solicitations are made in the fall in order to also nominate dissertations for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. 

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who is Eligible: Ph.D. Students that successfully defended between October of last year and September of this year.
  • Who Can Nominate: Ph.D. Advisors

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition 

We encourage you to also consider an Institute nomination for the:

  • Sigma Xi Best PhD Thesis Award

The Donald V. Jackson Fellowship

Established by Jeannie Jackson in memory of her husband, Don Jackson, a 1971 master’s graduate of IS and a 1965 bachelor’s graduate of the math department. This award supports the Master’s program and is awarded to a well-rounded, first-year Master's student (3 recipients - 1 from each school within the College of Computing) who best embodies Don’s values of academic excellence and leadership. 

  • Award Amount: Determined by the fund
  • Who is Eligible: First-year Master's Students
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty

Winner selected by MS Coordinators


Marshall D. Williamson Fellowship

Established by Billie I. Williamson in memory of her husband, Marshall Williamson, a 1969 master’s graduate of IS. This award will support the Master’s program and be awarded to a well-rounded, second-year Master's student who best embodies Marshall’s values of academic excellence and leadership (4 recipients - 1 each for CS, CSE, HCI and Info Sec).

  • Award Amount: Determined by the fund
  • Who is Eligible: Second-year Master's Students
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty

 

Undergraduate Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

Some qualities to consider when making a nomination: enthusiasm in teaching, knowledge of subject matter, interest in making an impact, excellent communication skills, and thorough engagement with students.

  • An individual Teaching Assistant may not recieve this award more than once.
  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty 

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

This award is for a College of Computing undergraduate student conducting research for credit or pay. It is preferred that the research has been or will be presented in one of the College or Institute competions or recognized in some way.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty

Outstanding Freshman Award

This award may be awarded to a first-year student and is both based on GPA and a demonstration of leadership through extracurricular activities.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Staff, Students

Outstanding Sophomore Award

This award may be awarded to a second-year student and is both based on GPA and a demonstration of leadership through extracurricular activities.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Staff, Students 

Outstanding Junior Award

This award may be awarded to a third-year student and is both based on GPA and a demonstration of leadership through extracurricular activities.

 
  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Staff, Students 

Outstanding Senior Award

This award may be awarded to a final-year student and is both based on GPA and a demonstration of leadership through extracurricular activities.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Staff, Students 

Staff Awards

Outstanding Staff in a Supervisory Position Award

Nominee should have made significant achievements contributing to the fulfillment of the mission of the College and of Georgia Tech. An individual may receive this award not more than once every four years. Criteria may include: helping implement new procedures & programs, making improvements on existing programs, demonstrating soundness of decisions, providing leadership within the College or throughout the Institute.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Students, Staff

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition - 

We encourage you to also consider an Institute nomination for the:

  • Staff Recognition Awards 

Outstanding Staff in a Non-Supervisory Position Award

Nominee should have made significant achievements contributing to the fulfillment of the mission of the College and of Georgia Tech. An individual may receive this award not more than once every four years. Criteria may include: helping implement new procedures & programs, making improvements on existing programs, demonstrating soundness of decisions, providing leadership within the College or throughout the Institute.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Students, Staff

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition - 

We encourage you to also consider an Institute nomination for the:

  • Staff Recognition Awards 

Outstanding Staff for Community Leadership Award

Nominee should have experience in working as a team or in an effort to mobilize or motivate others. They should not have fixed a problem or created a new endeavor alone, but rather have worked within the entire College community towards a solution that impacts the long-term health of the college community and its people. Criteria may include leadership within the College or throughout the Institute. Through stewardship, accountability to their community, involvement or inclusion of colleagues, or sharing ideas to a part of a group that is a significant achievement contributing to the fulfillment of the mission of the College and of Georgia Tech. An individual may receive any staff award not more than once every four years.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Students, Staff

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition - 

We encourage you to also consider an Institute nomination for the:

  • Staff Recognition Awards