Entries for UC's annual IT innovation prize due April 27

The application process has opened for the 2009 University of California Larry L. Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology, a yearly program to recognize best practices in IT across the university.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 27. Other details are available in the program announcement. The winners will be announced at University of California Computing Services Conference--Focus on Security 2009, to be held June 16-17 in Davis.

The Sautter Award program plans to present up to three Golden Awards for Innovation in Information Technology, up to two Silver Awards for Achievement in University Computing, and as many as five honorable mentions. The program honors projects developed by faculty and staff in any department at any of the 10 UC campuses, five medical centers, the UC Office of the President, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

One of the 2007 golden awards went to UC Davis for the School of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Information Portal & Educational Resources (VIPER) project. UC Davis also won golden awards in 2005 and 2003, and shared a golden award in 2008 for the Effort Reporting System with four other campuses and the Office of the President.

As UC Riverside's associate vice chancellor for computing and communications, Sautter led the Riverside campus in technological innovation. He died in 1999, and the UC Information Technology Leadership Council started the award in his memory to encourage and recognize innovators in the use of information technology to conduct the university's business.