Please note the following changes (implemented in April 2016) that are currently in effect for Distinguished Member nominations:
For questions on the above please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distinguished Member nominations are reviewed annually. This webpage describes the process and requirements for nominations. For helpful suggestions, see Frequently Asked Questions.
Next Deadline: August 1, 2017 - End of Day, Anywhere on Earth (EoD, AoE), UTC -12 hrs.
Eligibility: Prior to the submission deadline, a candidate must have accrued:
Selection Criteria: Successful candidates for Distinguished Member must have achieved a significant level of accomplishment or made a significant impact in the field of computing, computer science, and/or information technology. This means that he/she demonstrates substantial depth and breadth of understanding of the field, including the creation of new ideas and the synthesis of work by others. In addition, it is expected that a Distinguished Member serves as a mentor and role model guiding technical career development for others and exhibits eminence by contributing to the field beyond the norm. The nomination must provide clear evidence of at least two of the following:
The nomination statement is carefully reviewed and evaluated. However, the Committee gives particular weight to the supporting evidence provided by the endorsers, who must be individuals with personal knowledge of the candidate's achievements and impact.
Nominations: Candidates for Distinguished Member must be nominated by another ACM member, preferably one who holds a senior role in the computing field. An online nomination form is used. The requirements for nominations and endorsements are described below; further detail and examples will be found under Frequently Asked Questions.
All materials must be submitted in English. Each nomination involves several components:
Endorsements: The nominator must secure endorsements from 4-5 colleagues in the field. At least 2 of them must be ACM members, preferably individuals who are themselves ACM Fellows or ACM Distinguished Members. Endorsers must have personal knowledge of the candidate's work. The endorsers attest that they know the candidate's work, that the nomination accurately describes his/her achievements, and that they believe the accomplishments meet the criteria for Distinguished Member. Most importantly, they provide a brief endorsement statement giving their personal assessment of the candidate's key achievements and impact on the computing field (limited to 2,500 characters). It's the nominator's responsibility to ensure that each endorser will make individual, substantive comments that will strengthen the case for the candidate.
It's important that the nominator contact potential endorsers to get their consent and preferred contact info before submitting the nomination. We also recommend that endorsers be sent the information about what endorsements should include (from the Frequently Asked Questions webpage); many nominations fail simply because the endorsers didn't receive good instructions from the nominator. NOTE: After submitting the endorsement form, each endorser will be sent an email from email@example.com with an encrypted URL which must be used to confirm the endorsement. Please warn endorsers in advance that they should expect that email and be prepared to respond to it promptly (or should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if it doesn't arrive).
Further information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions webpage. If you still have specific questions, please send them to Rosemary McGuinness, ACM Awards Committee Liaison. ACM's conflict-of-interest guidelines apply to all membership grade nominations.Scroll