The Mining Software Repositories community has started a series of two new awards, the MSR Early Career Achievement Award and the MSR Foundational Contribution Award.
This award recognizes outstanding junior researchers who provided outstanding contributions in the area of mining software repositories. The award recognizes research outputs produced by candidates during the early stages of their career. To be eligible, a candidate’s most recent computer-related educational degree (baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree) must have been awarded on or after January 1, 2012. If the degree included a defense, the defense must have occurred on or after January 1, 2012. If the degree included a thesis, but did not require a defense, then the final submission of the thesis must have occurred on or after January 1, 2012.
The MSR Foundational Contribution Award recognizes individuals, or groups of individuals, having produced fundamental contributions in the field of mining software repositories, which helped many others (not limited to the MSR community) to build on it to advance the state of the art. It could be a tool, a dataset, a repository, or a mixture of contributions opening a new research areas. It is not a requirement that such a research contribution has been presented in MSR at some point. Having received other recognitions for the same contribution does not preclude an individual to be nominated for the MSR Foundational Contribution Award.
The awards are based on nominations. Nomination letters must be sent via email, in PDF format, to the addresses:
Along with the nomination letter, the nominator must enclose between one and three reference letters. Letters cannot be from the nominator herself, and can be typically short reference letter (1-2 pages), although longer letters are welcome. Self-nominations are disallowed.
The nomination letter must contain:
The following table summarizes the elegibility criteria for award nominations:
|Award Committee Chairs||Award Committee Member||Steering Committee Chair||Steering Committee Member||Everyone Else|
|Can be nominated||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Can write letter (endorse)||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Nominations deadline||February 15, 2018, 23:59 AOE|
|Notification||March 16, 2018|
|Award ceremony||May 28-29, 2018. Gothenburg, Sweden (at the MSR 2018 Conference)|