Emerging Leader Abie Award in Honor of Denice Denton

Denice Denton

Professor Denice Denton

Nominations are open.

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*This award is open to junior, non-tenured faculty members under 40 years old.

The Emerging Leader Abie Award in Honor of Denice Denton recognizes a junior faculty member for high-quality research and significant positive impact on diversity. Recipients are honored by the technical women’s community at Grace Hopper Celebration.

The Emerging Leader Abie Award honors the life and career of Professor Denice Denton (1959 – 2006), an engineering faculty member and the first female dean of a school of engineering in a major U.S. research university. She worked throughout her life to give minorities a voice, make engineering attractive to women and minorities, strongly promote diversity in higher education, and help many break barriers and find their path in life.

Award Prizes

  • Recipients of the Emerging Leader Abie Award are honored by the technical women’s community at Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) and invited to give a presentation on their work and accomplishments at the Celebration.
  • Winners receive an all-expense paid trip to GHC.
  • The award includes a cash prize of $10,000.

Past winners of this award include:

  • Dr. Aysegül Gündüz, Assistant Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow at University of Florida, who researches human brain mapping and neurological disorders.
  • Dr. Colleen Lewis, Assistant Professor Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College, who researches how people learn computer science and how people feel about learning computer science.

Meet our 2018 winner: Dr. Debbie G. Senesky


  • July 29, 2019: Nominations open

Selection Criteria

The award is presented each year to a junior tenure-track (non-tenured) faculty member under the age of 40 at an academic or research institution.

Potential nominees are:

  • Pursuing high-quality research in any field of engineering or physical sciences
  • Demonstrating a significant leadership capability
  • Contributing significantly to promote diversity in their environment

Supporting Documents

You will need to submit:

  • Two letters of reference from professional contacts of the nominee
    • Endorsers should be chosen to represent a range of perspectives and institutions, and provide additional insights or evidence of the candidate’s impact. Each letter should focus on the accomplishments which that endorser can attest to and place in context.
  • The nominee’s biography (maximum of 500 words)
  • A two to three page statement of merit from the nominator
    • Nominators are preferably recognized members of the community who are not from the same organization as the candidate and who can address the candidate’s contributions outside their organization.
  • The nominee’s CV or resume
  • Landscape orientation high resolution photograph of the nominee (minimum of 5MB JPG)