Call for Nominations: Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Prizes 2018

Nomination Deadline: February 1, 2019


CS-Can/Info-Can, the Canadian academic computer science organization, is offering up to 3 annual prizes to top young computer science academic researchers who are within 10 years of completing their Ph.D.

These awards recognize excellence in research. Each prize is worth $1000. Winners will be invited to attend the annual CS-Can/Info-Can Awards Banquet to receive their prize.


A candidate for these prizes must hold a full time appointment in the Computer Science Department[1] of a Canadian University, must have finished their PhD no earlier than July 1, 2008, and cannot have already received the Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher prize. Note: parental leave taken for child bearing and rearing, or medical leave, is not counted as part of the 10 year period; in such situations appropriate evidence should be supplied by the nominator or the Chair.

Selection Committee

The selection committee is a Panel of computer scientists from a variety of sub-disciplines of the field, so all nomination material should be written appropriately for such an audience. This panel is appointed by CS-Can/Info-Can.

Nomination Procedures

Candidates cannot apply on their own behalf, but must be nominated by a member of the Canadian computer science academic community. The nomination must be endorsed by the Computer Science Department Chair at the candidate’s university. All submissions should be fully electronic in a generally accessible format such as PDF.

The nominator provides

  • a description of the nominator (one paragraph) that fully identifies the nominator
    (including postal and e-mail address) and briefly outlines the nominator’s relationship to
    the candidate and to the candidate’s area(s) of research specialization;
  • a 2-page nomination that explains why the candidate deserves consideration for the
    prize, with emphasis on contributions to, and impact on, their field(s) of research;
  • an abstract (one paragraph) for public consumption outlining the candidate’s
    accomplishments, to be used both in committee deliberations and for publicity if the
    candidate wins a prize;
  • endorsements, letters solicited from 3 internationally recognized experts in the
    candidate’s field(s), but at arm’s length from the candidate, that discuss the impact of the
    candidate’s research on his or her research community.

The Chair of the candidate’s Department[2] provides a two-page letter endorsing the nomination that

  • briefly overviews the candidate’s research area and contributions to research;
  • also provides a broader context for the candidate’s activities, including their teaching
    and administrative responsibilities; their role in supervisory and advisory committees; their involvement in outreach to others in the Department, University, industry, and the community; and their actual or demonstrated capacity for leadership;
  • indicates any parental leave or medical leave that may affect the eligibility dates for the prize, if appropriate.

The candidate provides

  • a two-page[3] summary of their research contributions and the impact of this research;
  • a one-page summary of their planned future directions for research;
  • a full curriculum vitae (no page limits);
  • web-accessible links to the candidate’s three most significant research contributions (or paper or PDF copies if issues such as copyright make it impossible to set up a web link).

No other material (letters of support, etc.) can be included in the review process.


Successful candidates will be notified by March 15, 2019. The prizes will be presented at the CS- Can/Info-Can Awards Banquet, which is usually held in late May or early June in conjunction with the CS-Can/Info-Can AGM. Successful candidates will be provided with funds to help defray the costs of attending this ceremony in order to receive the prize in person.
How to Submit

How to Submit

The nominator is responsible for gathering all the material, putting it into a single PDF file, and e-mailing the file as an attachment to the CS-Can/Info-Can Awards Committee, c/o Carey Williamson, via email to

1“Computer Science Department” is a broad term that includes Canadian Departments, Schools, and Faculties of Computer Science, however named. Similarly, the term “Chair” refers to the Chair or Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, whichever is appropriate.

2If the Department Chair is himself or herself a candidate for a prize, then another responsible member of the Department should provide the information requested of the Chair.

3In all cases the page limits are, of course, upper limits.

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