SIGPLAN Awards


SIGPLAN bestows the following awards on an annual basis to recognize service and achievements in the programming language community. Details about the nomination process for a particular award can be found on the specific award web page.


Programming Languages Achievement Award
The Programming Languages Achievement Award is given by ACM SIGPLAN to recognize an individual or individuals who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of programming languages. The contribution can be a single event or a life-time of achievement. The award includes a prize of $5,000.

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is given by ACM SIGPLAN to recognize the value and degree of services to the Programming Languages Community. The award recognizes contributions to ACM SIGPLAN, its conferences, publications, or its local activities. The award includes a prize of $2,500.

Programming Languages Software Award
The Programming Languages Software Award is awarded to an institution or individual(s) to recognize the development a software system that has had a significant impact on programming language research, implementations, and tools. The impact may be reflected in the wide-spread adoption of the system or its underlying concepts by the wider programming language community either in research projects, in the open-source community, or commercially.The award includes a prize of $2,500.

Robin Milner Young Researcher Award
The Robin Milner Young Researcher Award is awarded to recognize outstanding contributions by young investigators in the area of programming languages. Individuals whose computer-related professional career (graduate school or full-time employment, whichever began first) started no earlier than January 1st of the year that is 20 years prior to the time of nomination are eligible. The award includes a prize of $2,500.

John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation Award
The John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented annually to the author of the outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of Programming Languages.

Most Influential Paper Awards
SIGPLAN presents these awards to the author(s) of a paper presented at ICFP, OOPSLA, PLDI, and POPL held 10 years prior to the award year. The award includes a prize of $1,000 to be split among the authors of the winning paper. The papers are judged by their influence over the past decade. Each award is presented at the respective conference.

John Vlissides Award
The John Vlissides Award is presented annually to a doctoral student participating in the OOPSLA Doctoral Symposium showing significant promise in applied software research. All doctoral candidates participating in the annual OOPSLA Doctoral Symposium are eligible. The award includes a prize of $2,000. This award was established with generous contributions from the following companies, individuals, and organizations: IBM, Addison Wesley, William Pugh, and SIGPLAN.

ACM Fellows
The programming language community has many members who are ACM Fellows. Click here for a list of ACM Fellows who have made contributions to the field of programming languages.