Across the years works on genetic improvement have lead to many appearances in the Humies competition, rewarding for techniques of genetic and evolutionary computation yielding results that are not merely academically interesting, but competitive with the work done by creative and inventive humans.
- 2019, bronze award ($2000): Michail Basios, Lingbo Li, Fan Wu, Leslie Kanthan, and Earl T. Barr, for Darwinian Data Structure Selection
- 2018, finalist: Shin Hwei Tan, Zhen Dong, Xiang Gao, and Abhik Roychoudhury, for Repairing Crashes in Android Apps
- 2017: Saemundur O. Haraldsson, John R. Woodward, and Alexander I.E. Brownlee, for Fixing Bugs in Your Sleep: How Genetic Improvement Became an Overnight Success
- 2016, gold award ($5000): Earl T. Barr, Mark Harman, Yue Jia, Alexandru Marginean, Justyna Petke, for Automated Software Transplantation
- 2014, silver award ($3000): Justyna Petke, Mark Harman, William B. Langdon, and Westley Weimer, for Using Genetic Improvement & Code Transplants to Specialise a C++ Program to a Problem Class
- 2012, bronze award ($2000): Michael Dewey-Vogt, Stephanie Forrest, Claire Le Goues, and Westley Weimer, for A systematic study of automated program repair: Fixing 55 out of 105 bugs for $8.00 each and Representations and Operators for Improving Evolutionary Software Repair
- 2009, gold award ($5000): Stephanie Forrest, Claire Le Goues, ThanhVu Nguyen, and Westley Weimer, for Automatically finding patches using genetic programming and A Genetic Programming Approach to Automated Software Repair