Questions tagged [awards]

Questions concerning special recognition for particular achievements, usually assessed competitively, within academia.

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Historic basis for Honorary Degrees

What is the historic basis and/or context for "Honoris Causa" degrees? What were the original reasons for granting these?
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Academic year awards - best thesis, most promising student, significant contributions to the field, etc

What are some typical ways that a department determines these awards? Do thesis committees meet to discuss the year's thesis submissions and use some sort of voting system? What about awards such as ...
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How and when are conference best paper awards sent?

If someone wins a best paper award at a conference, how are such awards sent to the awardees? Also, how long does it take for this process to occur after the presentation is done at the conference?
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Would receiving an award from a recognised conference in the field boost my future academic career?

I have been nominated for a community contribution award alongside another professor in our field, this nomination for serving our research community (scientific activities). The conference is ...