College of Computing Annual Awards and Honors

The College of Computing Office of the Dean has worked with Institute Leadership and the Office of Human Resources to submit our awards for FY2021 to USG for approval. In January 2021, the awards below with monetary values were conditionally approved.

The College of Computing is pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students. Please help us honor our Community through recognition of our dedicated contributors. It is our hope that this site (and the College of Computing Awards Committee) encourages action, provides the information, and offers the guidance necessary to facilitate that recognition.

Sincerely,

The CoC Awards Committee

NOMINATE: TBD for Spring 2022

DEADLINE: TBD for Spring 2022

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Any new college or school awards must be submitted by formal request to the Office of the Dean. All employee awards remain under annual review along with those of all the other USG Institutions according to the USG Incentive Compensation and Rewards Policy.

The qualtrics form used for the nomination allows uploading a SINGLE PDF file. Please be sure to provide the award name as listed on this page (some are very close in name), your contact information, and the nominee's information. It is also helpful to state whether you are having someone send additional letters of support.

Please also see the links to Institute awards on this page. You can find additional Institute event information at specialevents.gatech.edu (note that this page is updated when all of the Institute awards groups let them know the new information each year).

Please ask questions via email awards (at) cc.gatech.edu or the awards committee member in your school or division.

Before making a nomination, please review the College's list of past winners as some awards may not be given twice within a certain number of years.

View Recipients of Past College Awards
 

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. This award will be presented to faculty or staff who has suggested/created and implemented a new educational innovation or has significantly improved upon an existing one. This innovation must be a significant impact on student lives, and research/teaching connections.

  • Award Amount is $500 per individual
  • Selected by the Dean

The Lester Endowment Award

Established by Faye R. and James D. Lester III, this annual award will be presented to a faculty member who has made significant, high quality, innovative contributions, to their field of study, visibly impacting on or more mission areas. It is expected that such contributions would have brought widespread recognition to the researcher, his/her lab, and the Institute. This award is specifically directed to research in internet phenomena (this can include but is not limited to animation, gaming, email, music, video, television and film).

  • Award amount is based on the fund and USG policy
  • Selected at the discretion of the Dean or his/her appointed designee(s).
     

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. This award will be presented to an instructor who has made significant, high quality, innovative contributions to their field of study, impacting one or more mission areas. It is expected that such contributions would have brought widespread recognition to the researcher, his/her lab, and the institute.

  • Award Amount $500
  • 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.
  • 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. This award will be presented to a faculty member who has made significant, high quality, innovative contributions to their field of study, visibly impacting one or more mission areas. It is expected that such contributions would have brought widespread recognition to the researcher, his/her lab, and the institute.

  • Award Amount $500
  • An individual may receive this award not more than once every four years.
  • 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. This award will be presented to a faculty member who has made significant, high quality, innovative contributions to their field of study, visibly impacting one or more mission areas. It is expected that such contributions would have brought widespread recognition to the researcher, his/her lab, and the institute.

  • Award Amount $500
  • An individual may receive this award not more than once every four years.
  • 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
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. This award will be presented to a faculty member who consistently models excellent mentoring techniques, processes or results. Selection criteria include the overall impact of Faculty on the greater community. This award is measured by impact on mentored faculty teaching, research and/or service. Results include significant, high quality, innovative contributions, to instruction, their field of study, or a visible impact on one or more mission areas. It is expected that such contributions would have brought widespread recognition and/or improvement to the College’s academic culture.

  • 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 Senior Lecturer "Bill" Leahy (Director of the Division of Computing Instruction) and was 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 availability and accessibility to students. This award will be presented to an instructor who has made significant, high quality, innovative contributions, to their field of study, visibly impacting one or more mission areas. It is expected that such contributions would have brought widespread recognition to the researcher, his/her lab, and the institute.

  • 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 - Research

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. This award will be presented to a faculty member who has made significant, high quality, innovative contributions, to their field of study, visibly impacting one or more mission areas. It is expected that such contributions would have brought widespread recognition to the researcher, his/her lab, and the institute.

  • 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. This award will be presented to a faculty member who has made significant, high quality, innovative contributions, to their field of study, visibly impacting one or more mission areas. It is expected that such contributions would have brought widespread recognition to the researcher, his/her lab, and the institute.

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-Doctoral Research Award

This award is given for outstanding research by a postdoctoral 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. This award will be presented to a faculty member who has made significant, high quality, innovative contributions, to their field of study, visibly impacting one or more mission areas. It is expected that such contributions would have brought widespread recognition to the researcher, his/her lab, and the institute.

  • 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 receive this award more than once.
* Award Amount: $500
* Who is Eligible: Graduate students who have carried out TA / teaching assistant duties 
* Who Can Nominate: Faculty

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition - 

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

  • CTL Outstanding Graduate TA Award - Please contact alicia@cc.gatech.edu for more information by February 3
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: Graduate students who are designated research
  • 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 are 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 College 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 the Awards Committee

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 College 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 receive this award more than once.
  • Award Amount: $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty 

Similar Institute Awards to consider in addition - 

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

  • CTL Outstanding Undergraduate TA Award
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 competitions 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 (EDS Rising Senior 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 Supervisory Staff and Service 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.  This award will be presented to any full-time administrative staff who has suggested/created and implemented a new efficiencies, innovations, or has significantly improved upon an existing one. This innovation must a significant impact on student lives, the great community as a whole and /or research / teaching connections. Significant consideration for major achievements providing outstanding and ongoing excellence in services to faculty, staff, students and/or other customers; developing innovative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient department of university operations; enhancing the quality of work-life in ways that make a significant difference for colleagues or customers; setting an example of leadership, commitment and a strong work ethic.

  • Award Amount $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Students, Staff
Outstanding Non-Supervisory Staff and Service 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. This award will be presented to any full-time administrative staff who has suggested/created and implemented a new efficiencies, innovations, or has significantly improved upon an existing one. This innovation must a significant impact on student lives, the great community as a whole and /or research / teaching connections. Significant consideration for major achievements providing outstanding and ongoing excellence in services to faculty, staff, students and/or other customers; developing innovative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient department of university operations; enhancing the quality of work-life in ways that make a significant difference for colleagues or customers; setting an example of leadership, commitment and a strong work ethic.

  • Award Amount $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Students, Staff
Outstanding Staff for Community Leadership Award

Nominee should have experience in working as a team or 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. This award will be presented to any full-time administrative staff who has suggested/created and implemented a new efficiencies, innovations, or has significantly improved upon an existing one. This innovation must a significant impact on student lives, the great community as a whole and /or research / teaching connections. Significant consideration for major achievements providing outstanding and ongoing excellence in services to faculty, staff, students and/or other customers; developing innovative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient department of university operations; enhancing the quality of work-life in ways that make a significant difference for colleagues or customers; setting an example of leadership, commitment and a strong work ethic.

  • Award Amount $500
  • Who Can Nominate: Faculty, Students, Staff
Outstanding Staff for Team Spirit Award

This award will be presented to any full-time administrative staff or team who have suggested/created and implemented a new efficiencies, innovations, or has significantly improved upon an existing one. This innovation must have a significant impact on student lives, the great community as a whole and /or research / teaching connections. Significant consideration for major achievements providing outstanding and ongoing excellence in services to faculty, staff, students and/or other customers; developing innovative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient department of university operations; enhancing the quality of work-life in ways that make a significant difference for colleagues or customers; setting an example of leadership, commitment and a strong work ethic.

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