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The IT Society confers several awards to recognize members and groups within the IT community for their excellence in research as well as their dedicated efforts on behalf of the Society.

Award Claude E. Shannon Award
The Claude E. Shannon Award of the IT Society has been instituted to honor consistent and profound contributions to the field of information theory. Each Shannon Award winner is expected to present a Shannon Lecture at the following IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory. Transcripts of some of the lectures are available on-line.
Award Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award
The Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award of the IT Society has been instituted to honor an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in, and provided long-standing, exceptional service to, the Information Theory community. Each Wyner Award winner receives an ISIT or ITW participation fee waiver, a specially engraved plaque, and a certificate. This award was initiated as the IT Society Distinguished Service Award in 2004, but was renamed to the Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award in 2005.
Award Information Theory Society Paper Award
The Information Theory Society Paper Award is given annually for an outstanding publication in the fields of interest to the Society appearing anywhere during the preceding two calendar years. The purpose of this Award is to recognize exceptional publications in the field and to stimulate interest in and encourage contributions to fields of interest of the Society. The Award consists of a certificate and an honorarium of US$1,000 for a paper with a single author, or US$2,000 equally split among multiple authors. The award will be given for a paper published in the two preceding years.
Award Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award
The Joint Communications Society/Information Theory Society Paper Award recognizes outstanding papers that lie at the intersection of communications and information theory. Any paper appearing in a ComSoc or IT Society publication during the previous three years is eligible for the award. A Committee with members from both societies will make the selection. The award consists of a plaque and cash prize presented at the Comsoc or IT symposium of the authors’ choice. The authors do not have to be members of IEEE.
Award Padovani Lecture
The Padovani Lecture is sponsored by a generous gift of Roberto Padovani and is delivered during the North-American School of Information Theory.
Award Jack Keil Wolf ISIT Student Paper Award
The IEEE Jack Keil Wolf ISIT Student Paper Award is given annually for up to three outstanding papers at the ISIT for which a student is the principal author and presenter. This author must be a registered student at the time of paper submission to be eligible for this award. The criteria for the award include both content and presentation. The award consists of a $500 honorarium to be divided equally among all student authors of the paper, and a plaque for each such author.
Award Thomas M. Cover Dissertation Award
The IEEE Information Theory Society Thomas M. Cover Dissertation Award, established in 2013, is awarded annually to the author of an outstanding doctoral dissertation.
Award Chapter of the Year Award
The purpose of the Chapter of the Year Award is to recognize annually a chapter that has provided their membership with the best overall set of programs and activities. Any chapter is eligible. The activities reported to IEEE will be directly considered for the award. In addition, Chapter Officers are encouraged to submit a summary of the chapter’s exemplary service to its members in the areas of technical and society activities. A prize of $1,000 is awarded to support local chapter activities. Additionally, the winning chapter is encouraged to publish an article in the IEEE Information Theory Newsletter. The basis for judging is the success in the categories of technical and society activities, and presentation of the chapter in the web home pages of the IT Society.
Award Golden Jubilee Paper Awards
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Information Theory, the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society instituted the IEEE Information Theory Society Golden Jubilee Awards for Technological Innovation and the Golden Jubilee Paper Awards. The awards were given at the 1998 International Symposium on Information Theory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 1998. The Golden Jubilee Paper Awards are given for outstanding articles published in the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory whose impact on the development of the fields of interest to the Information Theory Society is now widely recognized. Papers that have received the Information Theory Society Paper Award are not eligible.
Award Golden Jubilee Awards for Technological Innovation
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Information Theory, the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society instituted the IEEE Information Theory Society Golden Jubilee Awards for Technological Innovation and the Golden Jubilee Paper Awards. The awards were given at the 1998 International Symposium on Information Theory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 1998. The Golden Jubilee Awards are given to the authors of discoveries, advances and inventions that have had a profound impact in the technology of information transmission, processing and compression.
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