Educational Innovation
Abie Award in Honor of
A. Richard Newton

Submissions Close on March 7 at 5 p.m. PT.

A. Richard Newton

*This award is open to K-12 or undergraduate educators in the areas of computing, engineering, and/or math.The Educational Innovation Abie Award in Honor of A. Richard Newton recognizes educators for developing innovative teaching practices and approaches that attract female students to computing, engineering, and math in K-12 or undergraduate education.

The Educational Innovation Abie Award honors the life and career of A. Richard Newton (1951-2007). Newton was a professor and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a pioneer in electronic design automation and integrated circuit design, and a visionary leader in the technology industry.

Award Prizes

  • Recipients are honored by the technical women’s community at Grace Hopper Celebration and invited to give a presentation on the main stage at GHC.
  • The award winner will also have multiple speaking opportunities throughout GHC on their work and accomplishments.
  • All-expense paid trip to GHC.
  • Cash prize.

Past winners of this award include:


Submissions Close on March 7 at 5 p.m. PT.

Selection Criteria

Potential nominees are making a positive impact in K12 or undergraduate education in the areas of computing, engineering, and/or math. They are recognized for developing innovative and new teaching practices, techniques or education approaches that attract girls and women to these subjects. Nominees are evaluated based on the following:

  1. Innovation: Are the teaching practices and approaches a new and novel idea or a truly creative implementation of an existing best practice?
  2. Impact on girls and women: What is the specific impact on girls and women? Has it changed lives in profound and important ways? Has it created opportunities where none existed before?
  3. Reach: Does the nominee’s work extend beyond her/his institution, local community, or state? Who is their work affecting: students, teachers, parents, the community?
  4. Sustainability & Scalability: Consider if the nominee could expand her/his work, or if other institutions or individuals could replicate the nominee’s work in different institutions, cities, states, countries, etc.

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)
  • The nominee’s CV or resume
  • Landscape orientation high resolution of the nominee (minimum of 5MB JPG)