This article is published in the September 2015 issue.

Nominations Open for 2016 CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers

crae-logoThe 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 are enrolled as undergraduates in a North American college or university throughout the academic year September 2015 to May 2016. They must be nominated by two faculty members and recommended by the chair of their home department. Departments that grant PhDs in one of the computing fields may nominate up to two male and two female students per year. Departments that do not grant PhDs 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 PhD-granting departments and up to one female and one male winner from non-PhD-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 are recognized with honorable mentions.

Everything you need to nominate a candidate, including instructions and the nomination form, is available at:

Questions and inquiries about the awards should be sent to: The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 23, 2015.

Microsoft Research and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) sponsor the Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award Program in alternate years. The 2016 award is being sponsored by MERL.

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