This article is published in the September 2016 issue.

Nominations Open for 2017 CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers


CRAEThe Computing Research Association is pleased to announce the annual CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers, which recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. The award is a terrific way to recognize your best student researchers and your department.

Eligible nominees must be enrolled as undergraduates in a North American college or university throughout the academic year September 2016 to May 2017. They must be nominated by two faculty members, and the chair of their home department must sign the nomination cover letter to confirm they are in good standing in the department. Departments that grant Ph.D.s in one of the computing fields may nominate up to two male and two female students per year. Departments that do not grant Ph.D.s in one of the computing fields may nominate one male and one female student per year.

There will be up to one female and one male winner from Ph.D.-granting departments and up to one female and one male winner from non-Ph.D.-granting departments.

A small number of other outstanding candidates will be recognized as runners-up and finalists. All nominees whose work is considered to be exemplary will be recognized as honorable mentions. Each of the four winning awardees will receive financial assistance of up to $1,500 to attend a research conference of their choice. The winners, runners-up, finalists, and honorable mentions will also receive appropriate recognition.

Everything you need to nominate a candidate, including detailed instructions and the nomination form, is available at: http://cra.org/crae/awards/cra-outstanding-undergraduate-researchers/.

Questions and inquiries about the awards should be sent to: undergradawards@cra.org. The deadline for nominations is Monday, October 24, 2016.

Microsoft Research and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) sponsor the Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award Program in alternate years. The 2017 award is being sponsored by Microsoft Research.

Please share this award information with your faculty who may have promising students to nominate.