Dijkstra Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
This award generally recognizes the single student with top academic performance across all computer science degrees. Selection is based on the GPA in all major courses and election by department faculty. The award is named for Edsger W. Dijkstra (1930 – 2002), a Dutch computer scientist whose 1968 letter to Communications of the ACM articulated the need for a new programming paradigm that became “structured programming.”
Outstanding students earn departmental honors by demonstrating top scholastic and academic performance in the undergraduate degree program. A student whose GPA in all major courses is at least 3.4 may qualify by completing two additional 300-level or graduate-level computer science electives with a grade of B or higher.
Grace Murray Hopper Service and Leadership Award
This award recognizes extraordinary student leadership in the department, university, and the computer science profession. Selection is by department faculty election. The award is named for Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906 – 1992), a remarkable woman and early pathfinder in computer science. She grandly rose to the challenges of programming the first computers and is responsible for the first compiler.
Turing High Achievement Award
This award is typically given to the top graduating student in each specialization area within computer science. Selection is by election of department faculty from among those with the highest GPAs in computer science courses. The award is named for Alan M. Turing (1912 – 1954), a British mathematician and logician who made wide contributions to several areas which would later be named computer science. He created the Turing Machine and the Turing Test for artificial intelligence.
50 for the Future
50 For The Future identifies and recognizes young people who represent the next generation of leaders in Illinois’ technology community. The awards are presented by the Illinois Technology Foundation.