The Graduate Student Information Guide (213 KB PDF) is filled with advice on planning for graduate school. Although written for women, this is an excellent guide to anyone considering advanced study.
Diversity Efforts at CRA
The Coalition to Diversify Computing(CDC), a joint organization of the ACM and CRA, seeks to address the shortfall of computing researchers through the development of a diverse community of professionals that can effectively meet the computing demands of an evolving society. CDC projects target students and faculty with the expressed intent of increasing the number of minorities successfully transitioning into computing-based careers in academia, federal laboratories and industry.
CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women Program holds workshops intended for Computer Science and Engineering students in their first year of grad school. Students meet for two days with 10-15 senior researchers who share pertinent information on the transition from student to researcher as well as more personal information and insights about their experiences.
CRA-E’s Graduate Fellows program provides opportunities for Ph.D. candidates in a computing field to contribute to CRA-E projects, network with computer science education advocates on the committee, and engage in advocacy for mentoring undergraduate students, while promoting undergraduate research and education at the national level.