Skip Ellis Early Career Award

Deadline: March 31, 2021
Award Announcement: May 31, 2021

Congratulations Inaugural Skip Ellis Award Winners!

Tawanna Dillahunt & Michel A. Kinsy


The Skip Ellis Early Career Award is in honor of Clarence “Skip” Ellis; he was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and the first African-American to be elected a Fellow of the ACM.

Skip Ellis aims to recognize early-career individuals underrepresented in computing research that best exemplify the pioneering spirit of Skip Ellis.  The leadership and trailblazing of Prof. Ellis and his cohort established the foundation for future generations of pioneers in computing.  Prof. Ellis and his generation valued both excellence in scholarship and cultivation of equal opportunity in service to the profession, the nation, and the lived experience of those underrepresented.  Skip Ellis awardees are expected to be rising stars in their field of research and broadening participation in computing.

This annual award is given to a person who identifies as a member of a group underrepresented in computing (African-American, Latinx, Native American/First Peoples, and/or People with Disabilities), who has made significant research contributions in computer science and/or engineering and has also contributed to the profession, especially in outreach to underrepresented demographics. We invite your nominations for the Skip Ellis Early Career Award.

Program Chairs

Chad Jenkings

Chad Jenkins

University of Michigan

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Meredith Ringel Morris

Microsoft Research

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CRA Contact

Alejandra GuzmanAlejandra Guzmán

Program Associate