Early Career Award

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The SIGMICRO Early Career Award is a new annual award that recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of microarchitecture during the early part of their career. Depth, impact, and novelty of the researcher's contributions will be key criteria upon which the Early Career award committee will evaluate the nominees. Also of particular interest are strong research contributions made independently from the nominee's Ph.D. advisor.


A nominee must within six years of finishing their Ph.D. degree in the year which the award is made. At the discretion of the award committee, eligibility may be adjusted to account for documented career interruptions, including but not limited to family related or medical leaves, family leaves or military service. Questions of eligibility should be directed to the award committee chair in advance of nomination.

Members of the SIGMICRO Early Career Award Committee or SIGMICRO executive committee are not eligible for the award. The committee will follow the ACM Awards Committee Conflict of Interest (COI) guidelines.

Application Requirements

Nominations should be made in the form of an email addressed to the Chair of the Early Career Award Committee (Tor Aamodt; with the subject 2023 SIGMICRO Early Career Award Nomination. Anyone can nominate a candidate, but self-nominations are not accepted. The nominator should solicit recommendations from colleagues in the field who are most familiar with the nominee's achievements. Copies of published work should not be sent.

The following materials are required for the nomination:

  • Curriculum Vitae of nominee, including publications.
  • A statement, of maximum two pages, documenting the nominee's research accomplishments.
  • A letter from the nominator, of maximum one page, justifying the nomination, the significance of the work, and the nominee's role in the work.
  • A maximum of 4 endorsement letters of recommendation from others which identify the rationale for the nomination and by what means the recommender knows of the nominee's work.
  • A concise statement of the achievement(s) for which the award is being sought.

The nominator is responsible for ensuring that all nomination materials reach the Early Career Award Committee Chair, by email, by the submission deadline. Nominations that arrive after the deadline will be held over to the following year for consideration. Nominations that did not result in an award can be resubmitted or updated in subsequent years.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient More Info
portrait of Jian Huang
Jian Huang
For pioneering contributions to persistent memory, storage architectures and systems.