AIS Awards
AIS Awards

The Association for Information Systems grants a selection of prestigious awards each year to deserving members, educators, and leaders in the field of information systems. The AIS awards reward outstanding scientific achievement, service, and contributions across all aspects of the field. Awards are presented annually at ICIS. Please visit each award page to find nomination information.

LEO Award

The LEO Award, named for the world's first business application of computing (The Lyons Electronic Office), recognizes truly outstanding individuals in the field of information systems.   

AIS Fellow Award

The AIS Fellow Award honors individuals who have made excellent research, teaching, and service contributions to information systems, both on the local and global level.

Leadership Excellence Award

The AIS Leadership Excellence Award is presented annually at ICIS to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the use and development of information systems.

AIS Education Awards

The AIS Education Awards are bestowed upon those who have published excellent papers that focus on information systems education at an AIS-sponsored or affiliate conference.

Sandra Slaughter Service Award

The Sandra Slaughter Service Award recognizes longstanding members who have provided leadership within the Association, particularly through such activities as participating in the SIGs/chapters/colleges, strengthening the conferences, and participating in AIS-sponsored journals.

Best Publications

The Best Publications Awards were established to recognize the breadth of high quality work being published within the information systems discipline. Awarded to up to five papers, this award simultaneously recognizes the authors of each paper as well as the journals in which they are published.

Early Career Award

The Early Career Award recognizes individuals in the early stages of their careers who have already made outstanding research, teaching, and/or service contributions to the field of information systems.

Doctoral Student Service Award

The Doctoral Student Service Award, established by AIS Council in 2014, recognizes volunteer contributions made by doctoral students toward the success of AIS conferences, journals, and programs.

Distinguished Member Memorial Award

Established by the AIS Council in 2006, the Distinguished Member Memorial Award is intended to honor members of the information systems community who have passed away before they could be considered for the AIS Leo or Fellow Awards.

Technology Awards

AIS gives three different annual Technology Awards to deserving members of the information systems community.

Outreach Practice Publication Award

The AIS Outreach Practice Publication Award was created to recognize practice-based publications that have made a great impact by transferring research findings successfully to practitioner audiences.

The AIS Impact Award

AIS is excited to introduce a new award to recognize the impact of information systems research beyond academia. Impactful research can be a powerful individual motivator. Seeing that one's own research delivers societal value and helps business succeed is rewarding in its own right. Within and beyond our own community, multiple initiatives seek to encourage us to pursue research with societal value. Increasingly, however, impact is also a hallmark of research excellence in the view of accreditation, evaluation, and funding programs, making impact and individuals with impactful research a valuable resource to any institution.

ICIS SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award

Beginning in 1995, the ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award has been awarded annually to at least one outstanding MIS dissertation. A separate call for nominations is forwarded each year through ICIS. The award is announced and dispensed each year at ICIS. Judges include the faculty who participated at the prior ICIS doctoral consortium and other faculty members from the discipline who would be appropriate given the content of the submissions.

AIS Distinguished Member Program

Established in 2019, the AIS Distinguished Member program recognizes members who have made a significant impact on the association. Qualifications for the designation include a minimum of five years of continuous AIS membership, service in a significant role in AIS or AIS-related activity, and at least one publication in an AIS or AIS-affiliated journal. The Distinguished Member - Cum Laude designation is for those who exceed the requirement by holding continuous AIS membership for at least 10 years, service in a leadership role in AIS or AIS-related activity and have been published in at least four publications in an AIS or AIS-affiliated journal.


Nomination and Deadline Dates

Award Nominations Open Nominations Due
Leo Award August 1 October 1
Fellow Award August 1 October 1
Technology Awards
  • Challenge
August 1 October 1
Sandy Slaughter Service Award August 1 October 1
AIS Education Awards
  • Outstanding Contribution to IS Education
  • Innovation in Teaching
  • Best Conference Paper in IS Education
August 1 October 1
Doctoral Student Service Award August 1 October 1
Early Career Award August 1 October 1
Best Publications July 1 September 1
Distinguished Member Memorial Award Rolling as needed
Leadership Excellence Award August 1 October 1
Outreach Practice Publication Award August 1 October 1
AIS Impact AwardAugust 1October 1


Questions? Please contact the AIS Vice President of Member Services or the AIS Office Manager.

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