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Honors & Awards

Northwestern Computer Science faculty and students are recognized for their accomplishments in research, teaching, and more. Read below for a sampling of recent accomplishments and honors received by faculty and students.

Northwestern CS also gives internal department awards to faculty, students, and staff who have shown excellence and service within the department.

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2021 Awards and Accomplishments

Faculty Awards

  • Ken Forbus was named to the 2020 class of AAAS fellows.
  • Zhaoran Wang received a prestigious NSF CAREER award.
  • Eleanor O’Rourke received a $10,000 Google Systems Research Award in recognition of her work related to technical leadership and achievements in systems research. The award was given to seven female assistant professors conducting systems research.
  • Josiah Hester won a 3M Non-Tenured Track Faculty Award, which recognizes junior faculty for excellence in research, exeperience, and academic leadership.

Student/alumni Awards

  • Computer science undergraduates Michael Cuevas, Amil Dravid, Souradip Ghosh, and Elizabeth Petersen received honorable mentions in the Computer Research Association’s 2021 Oustanding Research Award Program.
  • Amil Dravid (advised by Aggelos Katsaggelos) won a 2021 Goldwater Scholarship
  • PhD candidates Harrison Kwik (co-advised by Eleanor O'Rourke and Haoqi Zhang) and Claire Lee (advised by Alok Choudhary) and alumni Jared Fernandez ('19), Sarah Lim ('18), and Emma McDonnell ('19) received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards. The NSF GRFP "recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions."

2020 Awards and Accomplishments

Faculty Awards


Teaching and Mentoring

Joint Faculty and Student Awards

Student Awards