ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium Top Ten Papers of All Time Award

The SIGCSE Board created an ACM approved SIG award to commemorate the 50th SIGCSE Technical Symposium held in Minneapolis, MN February 27-March 2, 2019.

The ACM SIGCSE Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time Award recognizes the outstanding papers published in the first 49 Proceedings of the Annual ACM Technical Symposium.

  • First, community nominations were solicited through an open call to the community.
  • The nomination committee used these nominations along with other demographic information about the papers from the first 49 symposia to create a list of 20 papers for the public ballot. The list of papers is here.
  • The public ballot was distributed on January 14, 2019 and voting closed January 31, 2019.
  • The final top 10 rankings were revealed at the Symposium in Minneapolis. The authors of the top paper received a plaque, free conference registration for one co-author to accept the award and up to a total of $2,000 that could be used toward travel for all authors of the top ranked paper

The Top 10 Symposium Papers of All Time :

Rank Paper
1 [2010] Identifying student misconceptions of programming
2 [2003] Improving the CS1 experience with pair programming
3 [1997] Undergraduate women in computer science: experience, motivation and culture
4 [2016] A Multi-institutional Study of Peer Instruction in Introductory Computing
5 [1978] The introductory programming course in computer science: ten principles
6 [1998] Constructivism in computer science education
7 [2004] Using software testing to move students from trial-and-error to reflection-in-action
8 [1974] What should we teach in an introductory programming course?
9 [2001] Contributing to success in an introductory computer science course: a study of twelve factors
10 [2003] Teaching objects-first in introductory computer science

Award Committee:
Ashish Aggarwal, University of Florida, USA
Brett A. Becker, University College Dublin, Ireland
Virginia Carneiro de Paula, Palm Beach State College, USA
Adrienne Decker, University at Buffalo, USA [chair]
Sonia Golemme, Amazon, USA
Becky Grasser, Lakeland Community College, USA
Cody Henrichsen, Canyons Technical Education Center, USA
Cay Horstmann, San Jose State University, USA
Petri Ihantola, University of Helsinki, Finland
Andrew Luxton-Reilly, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Laurence D. Merkle, Air Force Institute of Technology, USA
Manuel Pérez-Quiñones, UNC Charlotte, USA
Andrew Petersen, University of Toronto, Canada
Simon, University of Newcastle, Australia
Andreas Stefik, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA
Andrea Tartaro, Furman University, USA
Jan Vahrenhold, University of Münster, Germany