Guidelines for Nomination Letters (not to exceed two pages)
The award is for service to the computing research community. The quality and extent of computing research conducted by the candidate is not taken into consideration in making this award, and material about the candidate’s research accomplishments should not be included in the nomination material.
Service considerations are limited to those that relate to the computing research community. Thus, for example, government service on behalf of the computing research community or educating graduate students for research careers would count. However, the selection committee will not give consideration to service in undergraduate education, except for where it relates directly to computing research.
Viable candidates are likely to be senior members of the profession who already have a number of professional experiences as members of editorial boards, planning or programming committees. While it is not objectionable to mention this kind of service in the nomination, it is not likely to be a key factor in the selection process unless this kind of service is well above and beyond that of other senior members of the profession.
Longevity, effectiveness, breadth, and community wide scope of service all matter in the award selection.
The nomination letter must make an argument why the candidate deserves the award, focusing on a few key contributions and providing evidence for these claims.
The nomination letter should not simply consist of a list of accomplishments.