The 2016 CRA Career Mentoring Workshop was held February 22-23 in Arlington, Virginia. More than 80 attendees had an opportunity to learn from about 20 speakers who are distinguished researchers, including several CRA board members, and representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The workshop provided career advice and mentoring activities for assistant professors computer science.
In addition to panel sessions, the workshop was interspersed with opportunities to network with senior researchers and representatives from government agencies. Attendees learned about how to improve grant proposals, preparing for tenure, managing work/life balance, and planning a research career. Workshop participants attended a reception with leaders of CRA affiliate societies and CRA board members, and participants spent part of the final day meeting with program directors from NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate.
CRA board members Sarita Adve (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), who attended the workshop 23 years ago, and Dan Grossman (University of Washington), who attended the workshop 12 years ago, did a great job organizing this year’s workshop.