Early Career Mentoring Workshops



Are you in the early stages of your career, working in academia, industry or at a government lab? Are you interested in interacting with senior women in your field?

If so, participate in one of our Career Mentoring Workshops!

When you attend an Early Career Mentoring Workshop, you will learn: how to build a great research program, advise students and get funding, how to be an effective and inspiring teacher, how to set yourself up for promotion and success, and how to balance work and life, among other things.

CRA-W offers three different types of Early Career Mentoring Workshops for participants who are:

  • Early CMW Research –  in their early stages of a research career in academia.
  • Early CMW Lab – in their early stages of a research career in an industry or government research lab.
  • Early CMW Education –  in their early stages of a career in teaching and undergraduate education.

This is an NSF funded program. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (1310792). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


You are eligible to attend an Early Career Mentoring Workshop program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as a woman.
  • A senior PhD student, or post-doc.
  • In early career as a researcher in academia.
  • In early career as a researcher in an industry or government lab.
  • In early career as a faculty member in academia.
  • Attending or affiliated with an institution in the United States or its territories.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please direct your questions to earlycmw@cra.org

If there are extenuating circumstances for applying beyond the timeframe listed in the eligibility requirements, please make sure you address this in the application. Extenuating Circumstances beyond an applicant’s control include, but are not limited to:

  • Documented medical condition or serious illness
  • Documented learning disability
  • Death of a family member or friend
  • Involuntary call to active military duty
  • Maternity/family leave

Our next Early Career Mentoring Workshop will be held on March 8, 2017 in Seattle, WA (collocated with SIGCSE 2017).

If you have any questions regarding upcoming events or applications, please direct your questions to earlycmw@cra.org

Travel & Financial Support

Funding may be available for participants of Early Career Mentoring Workshops if they meet the eligibility requirements listed below. Participants will be notified of any travel assistance upon acceptance to the workshop. If funded, the participant will submit a reimbursement form and be directly reimbursed, up to the approved limit, for reasonable expenses incurred such as travel, lodging, and meals associated with the workshop.

You qualify for financial support for an Early Career Mentoring Workshop (Early CMW-E/R/L) program if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • A graduate student in year three or later, post-doc, early career faculty member, or early career researcher in an industrial or government lab
  • A member of the computing field community
  • Attending or affiliated with an institution in the United States or its territories
  • Identify as a woman

NOTE: Priority will be given to Early CMW applicants who are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories.

Guidelines for Expense Reimbursements from CRA

Past Years

Early Career Mentoring Workshop

25th Anniversary of the Early CMW

Nancy Amato: Then


Nancy Amato graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  in 1995, with a PhD in Computer Science.



Nancy Amato: Now

Nancy Amato is currently a professor at Texas A&M University. She is noted for her research on the algorithmic foundations of motion planning, computational biology, computational geometry and parallel computing. She has been the recipient of multiple awards. 

Fran Berman: Then



Fran Berman earned her PhD from the University of Washington in 1976 and 1979. She began her professional career as an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Purdue University. From 1984 until 20--, Fran Berman served as an assistant, then associate and finally professor at University of California under the Computer Science and Engineering Department. In 2002, she was awarded the Endowed Chair in High Performance Computing in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD.

Fran Berman: Now


Today Fran Berman is Vice President for Research and Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). In 2011, Berman was appointed co-Chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information

Program Chairs

Susan RodgerSusan Rodger

Duke University
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Deb AgarwalDeb Agarwal

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Holly RushmeierHolly Rushmeier

Yale University
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Sheila CastanedaSheila Castañeda

Clarke University
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