Program description

Larry L. Sautter Award Program

As UCR's Associate Vice Chancellor for Computing and Communications, Larry Sautter led the Riverside campus in technological innovation through the entrepreneurial and efficient use of resources. In 2000, the UC Information Technology Leadership Council (ITLC)—individuals on all campuses with overall information technology management responsibility—created this award program in Larry Sautter's memory.

Program Goals
The Sautter Award Program recognizes and rewards information technology projects that advance the University's mission of teaching, research, public service, and patient care, or that improve the effectiveness of business or administrative processes. Because a goal of the program is to encourage the sharing of innovative solutions across the University, all project applications are posted on the program Web site after the awards have been announced.

Faculty and staff members in any department at any of the ten UC campuses, five medical centers, the UC Office of the President (UCOP), and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are eligible to submit applications.

Project Requirements
Projects submitted for consideration must represent the operational deployment of information technology at UC within the last three years. The nomination of projects in the areas of instruction and student service, research, health care, community service, business/finance/administration, or technology infrastructure is encouraged.

Selection Committee
The Sautter Award Program selection committee is composed of four members of the UC Information Technology Leadership Council on a rotating basis, plus a representative from the UC Office of the President. When necessary, because of the content of nominated projects, subject matter experts are contacted to support the evaluation process. The selection committee determines the award winners on the basis of submitted materials and in accordance with the published selection criteria. The names of the committee members will be listed on the program Web site after the application deadline has passed and prior to the announcement of awards.

Selection Criteria
The Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology seeks to recognize innovation in the use of IT at the University. While the selection committee ranks projects based on the criteria listed below, there is a subjective and qualitative aspect to the award decision. The committee responds positively to projects that possess a spark of creativity, present a new way to address a problem, and apply technology in an innovative way.

In addition to the criteria for all projects, which are listed below, the selection committee will take into consideration the specific impact of projects in the following areas:

  • Instruction and Student Service: How does it create a positive impact on student learning or quality of life?
  • Research: How does it enhance the quality of research or UC’s international research competitiveness?
  • Health Care: How does it improve the quality of patient care at UC?
  • Community Service: How does it enhance UC’s outreach and service to California and the rest of the world?
  • Business/Finance/Administration: How does it support the increased effectiveness of business or administrative processes?
  • Technology Infrastructure: How does it improve UC’s IT environment in a manner that enhances multiple services or reduces their cost?

For all projects: The selection committee gives high rankings to projects that involve as many of the following criteria as possible. The project should:

Applications for projects that received awards in previous years are posted on the program Web site.

Application Procedure
The deadline for submission of applications is May 16 , 2014, by 5:00 p.m. Submissions may be made by the individual(s) who worked on the project, or by others. Submissions must not exceed 5 pages total. Submissions must include:

  • Project title
  • Submitter’s name, title, and contact information
  • Names of project leader(s) and team members
  • A project description (not to exceed 5 pages), including
    • technology utilized in the project
    • timeframe of implementation
    • relevant URLs
    • objective customer satisfaction data
  • Direct questions to or (510) 987-0638. Applications should be submitted electronically to Yvonne Tevis.

    Announcement of Awards
    The following awards are given: Up to three Golden Awards and up to two Silver Awards for Innovation in Information Technology, and up to five honorable mentions. Teams receiving Gold and Silver Awards will receive a commemorative wall plaque for permanent local display on their campus.

    Awards will be announced and project team members honored at the UC Computing Services Conference, August 3-5, 2014, at UCSF. A team member or members should attend the award ceremony to receive the award.