Canadian Human Computer Communications Society
Société canadienne du dialogue humain-machine
Bill Buxton Dissertation Award
The Bill Buxton Dissertation Award is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation completed at a Canadian university in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. The selection committee bases its decision on nominations received from the research community. The award funds are administered by the Vancouver Foundation. The award is presented at the annual Graphics Interface conference.
Each awardee receives a plaque, a one-page announcement in the Graphics Interface proceedings, and a tax-exempt bursary of $1000 (CDN) awarded through the awardee's university.
The award is named in honor of Bill Buxton, a Canadian pioneer who has done much to promote excellence, both within Canada and internationally, in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. The award is funded by donations to the Bill Buxton Dissertation Award Fund, which was established to ensure that there would be a means for recognizing outstanding work by Canadian doctoral students working in the field of Human Computer Interaction. Donations may be made using the Vancouver Foundation donation page and selecting Bill Buxton Dissertation Award Fund as the recipient. Tax receipts can be issued for donations of $25 or more.
Recipients of the award are the following:
Eligible candidates must:
have defended a dissertation between January 1st and December 31st of the preceding year for a doctoral degree awarded by a Canadian University in the area of Human-Computer Interaction,
be nominated by a faculty member at a Canadian university.
Nominations must include the following package of three documents (all in PDF format):
a letter of nomination from a faculty member at a Canadian university summarizing the research contributions reported in the dissertation and evidence for why the dissertation is worthy of a "best HCI dissertation award",
a short resume for the nominee, including a list of publications,
an electronic version of the nominee's doctoral dissertation.
Complete nomination packages should be sent by email to Dr. Pierre Poulin (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than February 15th each year.
The selection committee will evaluate each nomination based on the quality of the innovations in the research, the presentation of the results in the dissertation, and the overall contributions by the nominee to the field of Human-Computer Interaction.
A faculty member may nominate more than one candidate. Questions about eligibility, the award, or the evaluation process should be addressed to Dr. Pierre Poulin. A nominee may be of any nationality, but must have completed all of the degree requirements for a doctorate from a Canadian university by the submission date.
The final determination of matters related to taxation (deductiblity of donations and exemption of the bursary from income) will depend on individual circumstances and current interpretations of relevant statutes by authorities in the relevant jurisdiction(s).