The ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. The intent of the program is to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment. Eligible applicants include graduating High School Seniors residing and attending school in the United States. The challenge will focus on developing an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. Judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, and a desire to further computer science as a discipline. Four (4) winners will each be awarded a $10,000 prize and a trip to the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize Reception. The award is financially supported by a $1 million endowment from the Gordon Bell and David Cutler Endowment Fund.

2016 ACM-CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize Winners Announced

ACM and CSTA announced three high school students as the recipients of the 2016 Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing.

Elizabeth Hu -  Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Virginia)
For a computational model based on real-world data offers potential guidance for both policy and humanitarian aid decisions.

Avi Swartz -  Cherry Creek High School for Computational Biology (Colorado)
For determining what proteins are present and the quantity of each protein component in biological samples is a key step in analysis to understand normal, as well as diseased, processes.

Aaron Walter -  Yorkville High School for Computer Science (Illinois)
For his new software program Rubric Pro which helps teachers recognize students’ understanding of curriculum components.

This year’s Cutler-Bell Prize recipients will be formally recognized at the Computer Science Teachers Association’s annual conference, July 8th-11th, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Cutler-Bell Prize promotes the field of computer science and empowers students to pursue computing challenges beyond the traditional classroom environment. In 2015, David Cutler and Gordon Bell established the award. Cutler is a software engineer, designer, and developer of several operating systems at Digital Equipment Corporation. Bell, an electrical engineer, is researcher emeritus at Microsoft Research.

Each Cutler-Bell Prize winner receives a $10,000 cash prize. The prize amount is sent to the financial aid office of the institution the student will be attending next year and is then put toward each student’s tuition or disbursed. The winning projects illustrate the diverse applications being developed by the next generation of computer scientists.


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How to Apply

Detailed information, including the link to the online application, is availalbe on the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing website.

Current Deadline: The application period for the 2017 award is scheduled to open May 1, 2017 and close November 1, 2018.

Submissions: Eligible applicants include graduating High School Seniors residing and attending school in the United States.