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About ComSoc

Prize
Plaque, certificate, and honorarium of US$1,000.

Description
Recognizes distinguished and significant contributions to education within the Society’s technical scope.

Eligibility
An IEEE Communications Society member at the time of the nomination who is an educator and also made distinguished and substantial contributions to education within the fields of interest of ComSoc. 

Frequency
Annually.  The award may not be presented if a suitable candidate has not been nominated.

Basis for Judging
Nominees shall be judged by a career of meritorious achievement as exemplified by the writing of scholarly books and texts, course materials, and papers on education; inspirational and innovative teaching; and creativity in the development of new curricula and methodology.

Nominee Solicitation and Selection Process

Nominations will be solicited each year, up to the nominations deadline decided by the Awards Committee. Nominations will be openly solicited. 

All nominations shall be submitted to the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee for final selection. The selection process shall comply with procedures and regulations established in IEEE and ComSoc governing documents, in particular with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Award Limitations.

Schedule
Nominations will be solicited from June until 1 September unless otherwise noted via an open call on the ComSoc website. Nominations must then be submitted via the nomination form posted on the ComSoc website. Recipients will be notified by 15 October.

Presentation  
The award will be presented annually by the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee Chair, in the name of the IEEE Communications Society at IEEE GLOBECOM. 

Publicity
The award will be publicized on the ComSoc website, magazine, newsletter, and Awards Luncheon brochure.

Administration and Funding  
The IEEE Communications Society will administer the award. Funding will be covered by the annual Society operating budget unless a suitable endowment is established. The Society's budget includes the amount of this award and the Society budget is net positive with the inclusion of the award.

Award Committee
The IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee will be responsible for the final selection. The committee consists of a chair (appointed by the President for a two-year term) and at least 12 members (appointed by the chair for a three-year term).

Deadline
Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.

2019 Award Recipient

Georgios B. Giannakis

"For excellent teaching, educational tools in Wireless Communications, and mentorship of graduate students with outstanding careers in academia, government, and industry."

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

2018 - Lajos Hanzo
2017 - Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

2016 - Michele Zorzi
2015 - Tarek S. El-Bawab