Outstanding Undergraduate Award
The Computing Research Association is pleased to announce the fifteenth annual CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award program, which recognizes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. The 2009 award program is sponsored by Microsoft Research.
To be eligible, nominees must attend a university or college located in North America, and must be nominated by two faculty members and recommended by the chair of their home department. No more than two male and two female candidates can be recommended by the same department chair in the same year.
The awards committee looks for demonstrated excellence of computing research ability. The type of department in which the student is majoring and the area of computing in which the student has demonstrated ability are immaterial. What is important is the quality of the research work done by the student. The awards committee also considers the student’s academic record and service to the community. Preference is given to students in their senior year (or the equivalent).
A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to each of two undergraduate students, one female and one male. A small number of other outstanding candidates will be recognized as Runners-Up and Finalists. All nominees whose work is considered to be exemplary are recognized with Honorable Mentions. The two winners will receive financial assistance to attend a major computing research conference, and CRA will sponsor a departmental reception for them at their home institutions. Their awards will be presented at one of these venues.
Nomination forms and complete documentation must reach CRA no later than Tuesday, October 14, 2008. Results will be announced on December 1, 2008.
A nomination package consists of six copies of the following items (each packet arranged in this order):
No more than two male and two female candidates can be recommended by the same department chair in the same year. Preference will be given to students in their senior year, or equivalent, of undergraduate study.
The nomination must reach CRA no later than Tuesday, October 14, 2008. One original plus five complete packets (total 6) should be provided, each arranged in the same order described in numbers 1 through 6 above.
Criteria for Selection of Winners
Questions and inquiries about this year's Outstanding Undergraduate Awards should be directed to email@example.com. The award winners will be announced on December 1, 2008.
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