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Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science
CS-Can|Info-Can presents annual awards for Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science to faculty members in Canadian Computer Science Departments/Schools/Faculties who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the field of computer science over their careers. Multiple awards may be presented each year.
These awards recognize career excellence in research, teaching, service, or any combination of these. Award winners will be invited to attend the annual CS-Can|Info-Can Awards Banquet to receive their awards and will be invited to give a talk as part of the CS-Can|Info-Can Podium Webinar Series.
Nominations are welcome starting on September 1 and are due January 17.
A candidate for this award must have held a full-time appointment in a Computer Science Department at a Canadian University for at least 10 years and must have spent the majority of their academic career in Canada. Candidates need not be currently active faculty members nor still living.
The selection committee comprises a panel of computer scientists from a variety of sub-disciplines of the field. All nomination material should be written appropriately for such an audience. The panel is appointed by the CS-Can|Info-Can Board of Directors.
Nominations are welcome in either English or French.
Candidates may not apply on their own behalf, but must be nominated by a member of the Canadian computer science academic community who has first-hand knowledge of the nominee’s contributions.
The nomination package should include the following:
- 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 summary (up to 1 page) for public consumption outlining the candidate’s contributions in everyday language.
- A nomination statement (up to 3 pages) that explains why the candidate deserves consideration for the award. This nomination statement should make the case for the nomination, indicating the category or categories in which the candidate has made their contributions and explaining the nature of the contributions they have made.
- 3-5 letters of endorsement for the candidate from other people who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate’s contributions in the appropriate category or categories. Such letters can be written by colleagues in the same Department or other Departments in Canada or outside of Canada, or by other people who can appraise the contributions, for example former students for a teaching contribution, or somebody in the computing industry for a research contribution who knows the impact of a candidate’s research.
- Additional supporting material, up to a limit of 5 pages, that will contribute to an understanding of the candidate’s contributions.
- Curriculum vitae (no page limit) of the candidate, focused on the candidate’s contributions in the category or categories for which they are being nominated.
HOW TO SUBMIT
The deadline for receiving nominations is December 1. The deadline will be strictly adhered to.
All materials in the nomination package should be put into a single .zip archive file named NomineeLast-NomineeFirst.zip with each individual document in PDF format. The names of the documents should be the following.
- (for each of up to five letters of endorsement)
The .zip archive file should be sent as an email attachment to the CS-Can|Info-Can Awards Committee via email to achievement-award@ cscan-infocan.ca by the nomination submission deadline.
Please review all of the specific instructions on this page and the general instructions for all award nominations before submitting.
All submissions will be acknowledged by return email.
Successful candidates will be notified by April 15 following the submission deadline.
The awards will be presented at the CS-Can|Info-Can Awards Banquet, which is held in conjunction with the CS-Can|Info-Can AGM. Successful candidates will be provided with funds to help defray the costs to attend this ceremony in order to receive the awards in person.
Additional information about the awards program, eligibility, and nomination procedures is available here.
- The term “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.
- In all cases, the page or word limits are upper limits.
- If the Department Chair is a candidate for an award, then another responsible member of the Department should provide the information requested of the Chair.