James L. Massey Research & Teaching Award for Young Scholars

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This award recognizes outstanding achievement in research and teaching by Society members under 40 years of age in the Information Theory community. The award is is given annually to a single recipient and includes a plaque and $1000 honorarium.

James Lee Massey (1934-2013)


The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding achievement in research and teaching by young scholars in the Information Theory community.  The award is named in honor of James L. Massey, who was an internationally acclaimed pioneer in digital communications and a revered teacher and mentor to an entire generation of communications engineers. He was one of the outstanding researchers and leaders of the IEEE Information Theory Society over a period of 50 years.


The award winner must be 40 years old or younger and a member of the IEEE Information Theory Society on January 1st of the year nominated.


The award consists of a plaque and a $1000 honorarium and shall be given to a single individual; multiple recipients are not allowed.

Evaluation Criteria

The basis for judging shall be the research and teaching contributions of the nominee. Contributions to research will be judged by the perceived impact of the nominee on the field of Information Theory as evidenced by publications, patents, product development, research awards, and other tangible items. Contributions to teaching will be judged by evidence of new and innovative teaching methods, curriculum development with inclusion of current research, teaching/learning tools made available to students and faculty worldwide, textbook authorship, university teaching evaluations and awards, and innovative short courses and tutorials in fields of interest to the Information Theory community. In evaluating nominees, equal weight will be given to research and teaching accomplishments.


Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by the April 30 deadline using the online form.

The nominator should submit a nomination package that includes a rationale (maximum three pages) describing the nominee’s contributions, accomplishments, and impact on research and teaching in the field of Information Theory as well as a brief biography (maximum half page) of the nominee. Finally, the nomination should also include the names and contact information of up to 3 community members who are willing to provide endorsement letters (maximum two pages) to support the nomination.