ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards

About the Awards

The ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards are held every year, in April. These Awards recognize chapters that display considerable initiative during the academic year. All student chapters in good standing are encouraged to apply for this award in five key areas. Winning chapters in each of these five areas receive $500 and a "best of" icon to proudly display on their chapter's website. These chapters are featured on the ACM website and in ACM  MemberNet.

ACM is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Student Chapter Excellence Award Winners:

Outstanding Activities: Florida International University ACM Student Chapter

Outstanding Community Service: College of William & Mary ACM-W Student Chapter

Outstanding Website: Univ of Wisconsin-Madison ACM-W Student Chapter

Outstanding Recruitment Program: BITS Pilani-Rajasthan ACM Student Chapter

Outstanding School Service: UCLA ACM Student Chapter


Apply for an Award

We will begin accepting applications in Spring 2019.

To be considered for one or more of these awards, ACM student chapters must submit an application to  In the subject line please state your chapter name and the categories for which you would like your chapter to be considered. Please submit separate applications for every category your chapter is applying for. Hand-written submissions will not be accepted. 

Applications must include the following information:

  • Name and address of chapter
  • Names and email addresses of chapter officers and faculty sponsor
  • A brief description of your chapter and school including number of chapter members
  • Number of students at your school who take computer science and related courses, and typical majors of your chapter members.
  • URL for your chapter home page (if you have one)
  • An essay for the category your chapter would like to be considered for. Guidelines for these essays appear below. 


Essay Guidelines

Outstanding Chapter Activities

For ACM student chapters that sponsor a series of exceptional activities throughout the year or have focused their efforts on a single major activity. Tell us about your chapter's most successful activities. Be sure to describe each activity, including how many people participated, how it was funded, and what made it a success. If you have web pages for these activities, include the URLs.

Outstanding Chapter Website

For ACM student chapters that maintain an outstanding chapter website. Tell us about the design and content of your website and any noteworthy features. Also tell us how you created it and what you do to keep it up to date. Don't forget to provide the URL so the judges can check it out.

Outstanding Recruitment Program

For ACM student chapters that have done an excellent job of recruiting chapter members. Tell us about your recruiting program. How do you let students at your school know about your chapter and how do you get them interested in joining? What factors are most critical to your success? How many members does your chapter have?

Outstanding Community Service

For ACM student chapters that have made significant contributions to their communities through one major service project or a series of smaller projects. Tell us about each project, who it served, and how many people participated. Why was your chapter interested in these particular projects? If you have web pages for these projects, include the URLs.

Outstanding School Service

For ACM student chapters that have made significant contributions to their own schools through one major service project or a series of smaller projects. Tell us about projects that help your fellow students, your department, or your school in general. Tell us about each project, how many people participated, and how it helped your school. If you have web pages for these projects, include the URLs. (Note, if you have worked on projects to help other schools, for example neighboring high schools, apply for the Community Service award rather than the School Service award.)

See the winners of the ACM India Student Chapter Awards

Past Winners

View  Past Years' Winners

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