This annual award introduced in 2008 recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery.

2014 SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award
Nomination Deadline: April 30, 2014
This annual award by ACM SIGKDD will recognize excellent research
by doctoral candidates in the field of data mining and knowledge  
discovery. The KDD Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two  
runners-up will be recognized at the KDD conference, and their  
dissertations will have the opportunity to be published on the KDD  
Web site ( The award winner will receive a plaque,  
a check for $2,500. The award winner will also receive a free registration
to attend the KDD conference. The runners-up will receive a plaque at  
the conference. The winner and runners-up will be invited to present    
his or her work in a special session at the KDD conference.

The final dissertation defense should take place at the nominee's host
institution before the submission deadline. Furthermore, the final
dissertation defense must not have taken place prior to January 1st, 2013.
 Nominations are limited to one doctoral dissertation per department or
academic unit. Submissions must be received by the submission deadline.
Each nominated dissertation must also have been successfully defended
by the candidate, and the final version of each nominated dissertation  
must have been accepted by the candidate's academic unit. An English  
version of the dissertation must be submitted with the nomination. A  
dissertation can be nominated for both the SIGKDD Doctoral
Dissertation  Award and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Important Dates
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014.
Notification of Awards: July 19, 2014.
Award Presentation at KDD 2014: August 24-27, 2014, New York City, USA.
Submission Procedure
All nomination materials must be submitted electronically to:
huanliu [at]
Please use "SIGKDD Dissertation Award Nominations" in your subject
All nomination materials must be in English. PDF format is preferred
for all materials. Late submissions will not be accepted. A nomination  
must include:
1. A nomination letter, written by the dissertation advisor of the
candidate. This letter must include full contact information for both  
the advisor and the nominee as well as a one- or two-page summary of  
the significance of the dissertation.
2. An endorsement letter signed by the department head.
3. One PDF copy of the doctoral dissertation.
4. A copyright transfer form signed by the candidate is required
giving permission for the dissertation to appear on Web site
if the  dissertation is selected as an award recipient (but if the
nomination  is also being submitted for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation
Award, only  one form needs to be signed). See:  
5. Optionally, the nomination may include up to two supporting letters
from other individuals, discussing the significance of the
Additional information is available at:
Please direct questions to the Award Committee Chair: Huan Liu,
Arizona StateUniversity, huanliu [at]