[SIGCIS-Members] ACM History Committee ---> 2013 research support

Thomas J. Misa tmisa at umn.edu
Mon Dec 3 13:42:54 PST 2012

Hi all,

This announcement will be posted soon at <http://history.acm.org/>.  ACM's History Committee is planning a 2-day workshop for spring/summer of 2014, and directing its support of research in 2013 toward that end.  ANY TOPIC in ACM history is perfectly fine to propose.  Note also that there may be four awards, each up to $4,000.  Normally, these should be for "research" projects.  To get some forward thinking about ACM's history writ large, there may be support also for a wider "synthetic" project that examines the literature and suggests themes.

Key point: the 2013 awards are coupled with the expectation that awardees also attend the ACM history workshop (in 2014).  Please indicate your willingness to do so -- explicitly in your proposal.  Expenses for the 2014 workshop will be paid by the ACM History Committee.


ACM History Committee 
2013 Program for Research in ACM History

The Association for Computing Machinery, founded in 1947, is the oldest and largest educational and scientific society dedicated to the computing profession, and today has more than 100,000 members around the world.  The ACM History Committee is preparing groundwork for a special history workshop in 2014.  Aiming at the workshop, we will support research projects related to ACM’s professional and educational activities and/or to ACM’s rich institutional history including its organization, publications, SIG activities, and conferences.  We may also consider support for wider synthetic projects, analyzing existing research on ACM and outlining themes to illuminate ACM’s nearly seven-decade history.

We will support up to four projects with awards of up to $4,000 each.  Successful candidates may be of any rank, from graduate students through senior researchers.  All awardees must be willing to present their work to a two-day ACM History Committee-sponsored workshop, to be held during the spring or early summer of 2014.  Workshop travel, lodging, and meals will be paid by ACM History Committee, in addition to this project award.

To Apply:

Applicants should send a 2-page CV as well as a 750-word project description that [a] describes the proposed research or synthetic project; [b] identifies the importance of specific ACM historical materials, whether traditional archival collections or online historical materials (oral histories, digitized conference papers, ACM organizational records, et al.); [c] discusses any additional project outcome besides the ACM history workshop (e.g. journal article, book or dissertation chapter, teaching resource, museum exhibit, website); and [d] outlines a timeline for completing the project—including, specifically, your willingness to contribute a 10-page (2500-word) paper to the 2014 ACM history workshop.  Workshop papers will be pre-circulated to workshop attendees; revised versions may be published afterwards.

In preparing a proposal, applicants should examine the document “ACM Research Materials” posted at <history.acm.org/content.php?do=links> as well as “Sources for ACM History,” CACM 50 #5 (May 2007): 36-41 <doi.acm.org/10.1145/1230819.1230836>.   Other research materials relating to ACM history may also be used.  Applicants should include a letter of endorsement from their home institution or an external scholarly reference.
Proposals are due by 15 February 2013.  Proposals should be submitted as a single pdf-format document to <history-webmaster at acm.org>. Notification of awards will be made within four weeks.


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