Each year, the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) selects recipients for its two awards.
The SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education honors an individual or group in recognition of a significant contribution to computer science education. The contribution may take many forms, such as: curriculum design, innovating teaching methods, textbook authorship, development of new teaching tools, or any of a number of other significant contributions to computer science education. The contribution should have had long lasting impact on, and made a significant difference in, computing education. This award was initiated in 1981.
The SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community honors an individual who has a long history of volunteer service to the computer science education community. This service, which is not limited to service to SIGCSE, may take many forms, such as professional society leadership, conference organization, outreach efforts, editorial board participation, or any of a number of other types of service to the computer science education community. Awards may recognize service at any level, for example: K-12, college, graduate, or continuing post-college. This award was initiated in 1997.
Recipients for the awards are nominated by a SIGCSE member. Nominations are due October 1st; however, if October 1st falls on a weekend then the submission date will be the following Monday. Awards winners are selected by the SIGCSE board. The awards are presented at the annual SIGCSE symposia.