I have been recognized by the Association for Computing Machinery as a Senior Member. (I’ve belonged to the ACM since my college days.)
The ACM Senior Member Grade is described as:
The Senior Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers.
There were 395 recipients of this honor in 2009, 162 in 2008, 149 in 2007, and 142 in the award’s inaugural year, 2006.
Looking at the other names and credentials of the other Senior Members, I am humbled. While I belong to several professional societies, the ACM is the one that truly represents my roots as a computer scientist. (I’m also delighted to serve as a columnist for one of the ACM’s publications, netWorker Magazine.)
What do I get? A new membership card, a nice certificate for framing, and a lapel pin. And a very, very warm feeling inside.