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Call for Nominations

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ACM has three distinct member grades to recognize the professional accomplishments of our members:

Senior Member - is a member grade that recognizes up to 25% of the top ACM Professional Members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers.

Distinguished Member - is a member grade recognizing up to 10% of the top ACM members, with at least 15 years of professional experience that had significant accomplishments or impact in the computing field.

Fellow - is ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.


Senior Member Criteria

  • Five years continuous (Professional, not Student) membership in ACM
  • Ten years of professional experience (includes some educational experience; see notes below)
  • Demonstrated performance that sets the member apart from peers
  • Three endorsements from colleagues (not necessarily ACM members) in the field
  • Please consult the "Checklist for ACM Senior Member/Distinguished Member Nominations" page for information needed to submit a Senior Member nomination.

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Distinguished Member Criteria

  • Five years continuous (Professional, not Student) membership in ACM
  • Fifteen years of professional experience (includes some educational experience; see notes below)
  • Significant accomplishments or impact in the computing field as an educator, engineer or scientist
  • Four (minimum) to five (maximum) endorsements (previously four to eight) from colleagues in the field. Two of these endorsements must be from ACM Members. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that the two ACM Member endorsements be from ACM Fellows or ACM Distinguished Members. Ideally, one of the endorsements will be from a current or past employer or client.
  • Please consult the "Checklist for ACM Senior Member/Distinguished Member Nominations" page for information needed to submit a Distinguished Member nomination.

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Fellow Criteria

  • Five years continuous (Professional, not Student) membership in ACM
  • No specific requirement for years of professional experience
  • Outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community that:
    • advance the arts, sciences and practices of computing
    • promote the free interchange of ideas and information in the field,
    • develop and maintain the integrity and competence of individuals in the field, and
    • advance the objective of ACM
  • Five endorsements (previously five to eight) from current ACM Professional Members - ideally ACM Fellows.

Nominations are evaluated in terms of the candidate’s achievements throughout his/her career, in particular the impact he/she has had on the broader community (i.e., beyond the home organization).

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Nomination Procedures

All nominations for advanced ACM member grades must be made through the ACM website:

Notes

  • In meeting the requirements for professional experience, educational experience is credited as follows:
    • 3 years if the candidate holds a baccalaureate degree
    • 4 years if the candidate holds a masters degree
    • 5 years if the candidate holds a doctorate
  • For all grades, candidate must have been an ACM Professional Member (not Student Member) for at least five years immediately preceding the final date for submission of the respective nomination.
  • Although there is a natural progression implied within these three grade levels, this progression is not compulsory, i.e., if a candidate meets the requirements of the membership grade it is not necessary to advance from one grade level to the next.
  • Endorsers for Senior Member and Distinguished Member must attest that:
    • They know the candidate and their work
    • The candidate has accurately described their achievements
    • The accomplishments outlined in the nomination meet the endorsers' best understanding of the criteria for Senior and Distinguished Member.

Deadlines

Senior Member nominations are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed by the Senior Member Nominations Committee in cycles.  The deadline for the current cycle is June 3, 2016.

Distinguished Member nominations and endorsements must be received by August 1, 2016.

Fellow nominations and endorsements must be received by September 7, 2016.

Recognition

ACM Senior Members and Distinguished Members will receive a certificate and a specially annotated ACM membership card. There will be an announcement on the ACM Web.  The Distinguished Members' names will be listed in the Communications of the ACM.

ACM Fellows are formally inducted at the annual ACM Awards Banquet each June. They receive a certificate, a Fellows pin, and a specially annotated ACM membership card. The names of new Fellows are announced in an ACM press release and in Communications of the ACM; they also are listed on this website. Upon request, a letter of commendation will be sent to the chief executive at the Fellow's place of employment.

Questions

Please send any questions you may have about the Senior Member , Distinguished Member , or Fellows  Programs.