CRA-W Projects

Our projects provide mentoring and support for women at every level of the research and education pipeline. The great success of the following CRA-W projects is due to the quality of people who serve on the committee and as project leaders.

For Undergraduates

Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CREU)

The CREU program is an undergraduate research program that provides research stipends to teams of students working on research projects under the guidance of a mentor at their home institutions.

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)

The DREU program aims to increase the number of undergraduate women and members of underrepresented groups in computing research. DREU program participants are matched with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member’s home institution.

CRA-W GHC Research Scholars

The GHC Research Scholars program brings undergraduate women to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration. The purpose of this program is to provide attendees an unique experience, providing them a mentor, networking opportunities, and advising.

Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall Series

The Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall Series (Webinars), provides a virtual mentoring event for all students and faculty interested in learning about current CS research. Students have the opportunity to ask distinguished computer scientists any questions they might have about research as well as graduate school.

Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS)

ACSA and Hewlett-Packard (HP) provide scholarships to women studying for their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in fields relating to Information Security. These $10,000 scholarships provide assistance to women at formative stages in their careers.

Outstanding Undergraduate Award

This award program recognizes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research.

For Graduates

Grad Cohort

The Grad Cohort Workshop brings together women graduate students in their first three years of graduate with successful senior researchers from academia, industry and government laboratories for discussions on how to succeed in graduate school and in a research career.

Early Career Mentoring Workshops (Early CMW)

The Early CMW workshop brings researchers and educators in the early stages of their careers together with senior researchers that are established in their fields for career mentoring. Topics include: How to build a great research program, how to prepare for promotion and success, and how to balance work and life.

Discipline Specific Workshops (DSW)

The DSW workshops provide career mentoring and networking opportunities in the context of a specific research area, including coverage of technical topics.

Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS)

The DLS program provides funding to host prominent academic and industrial researchers that can serve as role models and mentors for CS students. The visitors deliver technical talks and participate in undergraduate and graduate recruiting and mentoring events.

Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS)

ACSA and Hewlett-Packard (HP) provide scholarships to women studying for their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in fields relating to Information Security. These $10,000 scholarships provide assistance to women at formative stages in their careers.

PhdjobhuntHers

PhdjobhuntHers is a moderated mailing list for women who are seeking or starting Ph.D. level jobs in computer science, computer engineering, or information technology in academia, industry, or government laboratories.

For Faculty

Early Career Mentoring Workshops (Early CMW)

The Early CMW workshop brings researchers and educators in the early stages of their careers together with researchers that are established in their fields for career mentoring. Topics include: How to build a great research program, how to prepare for promotion and success, and how to balance work and life.

Mid-Career Mentoring Workshops (Mid CMW)

The Mid CMW workshop brings participants in the middle stages of a research or teaching career together with senior researchers for career mentoring. Topics include: How to be an effective leader, how to prepare for promotion to a more senior position, and how to balance work and life.

Discipline Specific Workshops (DSW)

The DSW workshops provide career mentoring and networking opportunities in the context of a specific research area, including coverage of technical topics.

Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS)

The DLS program provides funding to host prominent academic and industrial researchers that can serve as role models and mentors for CS students. The visitors deliver technical talks and participate in graduate recruiting events.

Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CREU)

This CREU program provides research stipends to teams of students working on research projects under the guidance of a mentor at their home institutions.

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)

The DREU program aims to increase the number of undergraduate women and members of underrepresented groups in computing research. The program matches promising students with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member’s home institution.

Borg Early Career Award (BECA)

The BECA award recognizes a woman, each year, early in her career who has had a positive and significant impact on advancing diversity in the computing research community.

JrProfessHers

JrProfessHers is a moderated mailing list for women faculty in computer science, computer engineering and information technology who do not yet have tenure.

ProfessHers

ProfessHers is a moderated mailing list for nontenured female faculty members in computer science, computer engineering, and information technology to informally discuss issues related to their jobs and being successful in their careers.

ResearcHers

ResearcHers is a mailing list of about three hundred women computer science, computer engineering or information technology researchers from industry, industrial and government research labs and academia. The list is international, with members from six continents.

For Industry and Government Researchers

Early Career Mentoring Workshops (Early CMW)

The Early CMW workshop brings researchers in the early stages of their careers together with researchers that are established in their fields for career mentoring. Topics include: How to build a great research program, how to prepare for promotion and success, and how to balance work and life.

Mid-Career Mentoring Workshops (Mid CMW)

The Mid CMW workshop brings women in the middle stages of a research career together with senior researchers for career mentoring. Topics include: How to be an effective leader, how to prepare for promotion to a more senior position, and how to balance work and life.

Travel Support for Women in Research Labs

This project supports women for whom traveling to a conference/workshop without financial support from one’s employer would constitute a hardship, and where attending the event would provide valuable opportunities to network and grow professionally.

Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS)

The DLS program provides funding to host prominent academic and industrial researchers that can serve as role models and mentors for young CS students. The visitors deliver technical talks and participate in graduate recruiting events.

Borg Early Career Award (BECA)

The BECA award recognizes a woman, each year, early in her career who has had a positive and significant impact on advancing diversity in the computing research community.

ResearcHers

ResearcHers is a mailing list of about three hundred women computer science, computer engineering or information technology researchers from industry, industrial and government research labs and academia. The list is international, with members from six continents.

Other Projects

Mentoring Tracks at Grace Hopper

In these sessions at Grace Hopper, successful computer scientists provide mentoring and career guidance to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and researchers in industry and government labs.

Mentoring Tracks at Tapia

In these sessions at Tapia, successful computer scientists provide mentoring and career guidance to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and researchers in industry and government labs.

Mailing Lists

Be a part of an online community by signing up for a mailing list that best suits your current stage in your academic and career path. Don’t forget to sign up for CRA-W Updates!

Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline

The CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) is an evaluation and research center designed to help increase diversity in the field of computing research. Click here to find evaluations of CRA-W REUs and Grad Cohort Workshops.

Newsletter & Articles

The CRA-W articles and the Expanding the Pipeline Column provide insight about the status of women in computing research, activities CRA-W is engaged in, and inspirational stories of successful women.

Awards & Scholarships

CRA-W and other organizations provide women scholarships and awards throughout their academic and career paths. Find out what awards and scholarships, you may be eligible for.

Broadening Participation Alliance

CRA-W works in collaboration with other NSF funded organizations (such as AccessComputing, IAAMCS, and more) to provide mentoring and support for women and underrepresented groups at every level of the research and education pipeline.

Notable Women in Computing

This project started when it was recognized that there are very few notable women (or famous women or leading women) computer scientists who have Wikipedia pages. This project grew from a multi-year effort to keep and share the history of women in computing. Katy Dickinson and Dr Susan H. Rodger worked to build a list of 300+ notable women in computing. Today this project is not only on Wikipedia, but is a purchasable playing card deck.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number: 1246649, 1310792, 1504243