CRA-WP is pleased to announce its newest award, the Skip Ellis Early Career Award, which will recognize outstanding scientists and engineers with exceptional potential for leadership in computing. The award joins the Borg Early Career Award for Women in advancing excellence and equal opportunity in computing research. Beginning December 16, we invite your nominations for the inaugural Skip Ellis Early Career Award.
This annual award honors the late Clarence “Skip” Ellis who was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and the first African-American to be elected a Fellow of the ACM. Among his many contributions to computing, he is most well-known for his pioneering work in groupware and CSCW systems. His accomplishments include leading the development of OfficeTalk, the first office system to use icons and Ethernet to allow people to collaborate from a distance.
The Skip Ellis Early Career Award is given to a person who identifies as a member of a group underrepresented in computing (African-American, Latinx, Native American/First Peoples, and/or People with Disabilities), who has made significant research contributions in computer science and/or engineering and has also contributed to the profession, especially in outreach to under-represented demographics. The award recognizes individuals in academia and industrial/government labs who combine excellence in their research accomplishments with a positive and significant impact advancing equal opportunity in the computing research community. This award is focused on underrepresented researchers that are relatively early in their careers (at most 8 years post-PhD).
Nominations for the inaugural Skip Ellis Early Career Award will open on December 16, 2019. Detailed information about the award and nomination submission can be found on the Skip Ellis Early Career Award website.