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CRA’s mission is to enhance innovation by joining with industry, government and academia to strengthen research and advanced education in computing. CRA executes this mission by leading the computing research community, informing policymakers and the public, and facilitating the development of strong, diverse talent in the field.


CRA Accepting Applications for Director of Research Community Initiatives 

By Maddy Hunter, Program Associate, CCC The Computing Research Association (CRA) is seeking high-achieving applicants for the position of Director of Research Community Initiatives.  This role is responsible for managing the internal Computing Community Consortium (CCC) staff and working closely with the CCC Council of 24 computing community members in their pursuit of high-impact research […]

CCC’s Ann Schwartz Embarks on New Journey at The White House

By Maddy Hunter, Program Associate, CCC Ann Schwartz, who has dedicated 11 years to the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC)–most recently as the Director of Research Community Initiatives–is now embarking on an exciting new opportunity with The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In her new role, Dr. […]

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CRA Is Hiring! Help Us Build Our Team

CRA is currently accepting applications for two great open positions: Specialist for Contracts and Grants Administration and Program Assistant or Associate for CRA-WP.  If you’re interested in working with some of the brightest minds in computing as we envision the future of computing, CRA wants you to join our team! We offer competitive pay with […]

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CRA Welcomes Curtis Cain as New Director of Broadening Participation in Computing Initiatives

A well-known and respected leader in the community, Dr. Cain brings valuable experience and expertise to his new role leading CRA’s Widening Participation committee. The Computing Research Association (CRA) is pleased to announce the naming of Curtis Cain, PhD, to the position of Director of Broadening Participation in Computing Initiatives. A long-time leader and researcher […]

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Meet CRA’s August and September Hires

It has been quite a summer of growth at CRA! In addition to our June and July new hires, CRA welcomed five new team members in August and September who quickly immersed themselves and are now making significant contributions in support of our busy organization. Kayley McDonald – Program Assistant Kayley is the Computing Research […]

2024 Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award – Nominations Open September 12

By Julia Sepulveda Avalos, Program Associate, CRA-E Each year, CRA celebrates and recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding potential in an area of computing research through the Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs). We encourage faculty to nominate undergraduate researchers who demonstrate strong interest in and commitment to contributing to the field. Award recipients will receive financial assistance […]

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New CRA Report Addresses Growing Integrity Concerns in Computing Research

By Alex Aiken (Co-Chair, CRA Working Group on Research Integrity; Member, CRA Board of Directors; Alcatel-Lucent Professor, Stanford University) and Nancy M. Amato (Co-Chair, CRA Working Group on Research Integrity; Chair, CRA Board of Directors; Abel Bliss Professor and Head, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)  It is difficult to overstate the importance to computing research of […]

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NSF Accepting Nominations for the 2023 Alan T. Waterman Award

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Alan T. Waterman Award. NSF’s highest honor for early-career researchers, the annual award recognizes exceptional individual achievement in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.  “The Alan T. Waterman Award plays a crucial role in supporting and motivating the next generation […]

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More New Staff Join CRA

CRA continues to grow! Joining the three new team members we announced last month are three additional new hires who have already hit the ground running in support of our mission.  Jacob Wolkenhauser – Senior Manager of Contracts and Grant Administration Jacob is CRA’s new Senior Manager of Contracts & Grants Administration. In this role, […]


CRA Celebrates 50 Years of Impact at the Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC)

  In June, the brightest minds in computing research descended on Orlando, Florida to attend this year’s Federated Computing Research Conference (FCRC). Organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) every four years, FCRC assembles a spectrum of affiliated research conferences and workshops into a week-long, co-located meeting that facilitates connections between researchers in different […]

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NSF Seeks Nominations for Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate

Last week the National Science Foundation (NSF) initiated a nationwide search for its next Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). A key position within NSF’s senior management and policy team, the position provides leadership and direction for CISE’s numerous programs and initiatives, as well as oversight of a staff of approximately […]

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Apply to Join LEVEL UP Regional Workshops on Inclusion in Undergraduate Computing

Computing education continues to face challenges around inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessible learning, and CRA believes change is possible through a coordinated effort among engaged computing leaders and faculty. The goal of the LEVEL UP project–a CRA-led shared effort across several organizations, including ACM and IEEE-CS–is to build consensus around a united vision of inclusive […]

CRA Welcomes New Staff Members

CRA is happy to announce the addition of three new team members to help advance our mission to catalyze computing research.  Matt Hazenbush – Director of Communications Matt will oversee the organization’s communications strategy and will work across all CRA committees and activities to craft communications that elevate their efforts and highlight the positive impact […]

NSF Extends Application Deadline for CSGrad4US: Third Year of NSF Fellowship Opportunity for CISE Bachelor’s Degree Holders to Return for PhD – Due June 26

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the third year of the CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship program. The 3-year fellowships support new Ph.D. students pursuing their degree in a CISE field which includes programs in Computer Science, Computer and Information Sciences, […]

CRA-I Announces New Council Members!

The Computing Research Association-Industry Committee (CRA-I) is happy to announce the start of a new group of CRA-I visionary leaders charged with propelling the committee forward. This new Council of individuals will work closely with the Steering Committee to identify future committee directions, connect with the community, and achieve the goals of CRA-I.  CRA-I welcomes […]

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CSGrad4US @ Grad Cohort for IDEALS

CSGrad4US @ Grad Cohort for IDEALS 23′ CRA-WP and CRA-E recently celebrated the first inaugural CSGrad4US fellows at the 2023 Grad Cohort for IDEALS Workshop in Honolulu, HI. The event brought together the fellows, coaches, and program leaders, who networked and congratulated each other on their progress in their PhD programs. The 16 fellows, who […]

American Academy of Arts and Science New Members

The American Academy of Arts and Science (AAAS) recently announced 269 new members elected to the academy. Among them are nine new members under the “computer science” category, including several that have worked closely with the Computing Research Association, CRA-Widening Participation, and  Computing Community Consortium in the past.  The Academy is an honorary society that […]

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Computing Research Association to Lead $1M Community Project to Chart a Pathway Toward Inclusive Computing

LEVEL UP, which is an NSF Computing in Undergraduate Education (CUE) Mobilizing project, is a collaboration between CRA, ACM,  IEEE-CS, several BPC Alliances (AccessComputing, CAHSI, CRA-WP, ECEP, IAAMCS, LEAP, NCWIT, and STARS), and the Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University. We invite others interested in ensuring universities and colleges across the nation offer inclusive computing undergraduate education programs to engage as well.

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CRA Update: Keeping you in the know – 2023 CRA Leadership Summit and Winter Board Meeting Recap

On February 23-24, 2023, CRA hosted its annual Leadership Summit for senior leadership of computing related professional societies as well as its winter Board meeting in Washington, DC. Below is a summary of the items discussed during the sessions. The next CRA Board of Directors meeting will be held July 13-14, 2023 in Portland, Oregon.

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CRA Education Committee Selects New Graduate Fellow – Alejandro Velasco Dimate

CRA’s Education Committee (CRA-E) has recently selected its 2023 CRA-E Graduate Fellow – Alejandro Velasco Dimate, from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. Alejandro (he/his) is a Ph.D student in computer Science at the College of William and Mary, currently advised by Dr. Denys Poshyvanyk. He earned both his Bachelor’s (2015) and Master’s (2019) […]


In Memoriam: Former CRA Board Member William Wulf

CRA was sad to learn of the loss of former Board member William A. Wulf. He was an outstanding leader in the computing research community and will be greatly missed. We are grateful for Bill’s involvement in CRA and his deep engagement with and service to the computing research community. Our thoughts are with Anita, his family, and all those that had the pleasure of knowing him.

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CRA Accessible Technology for All Workshop Summary

On February 22-23, 2023 in Washington, DC, the Computing Research Association (CRA) held the Accessible Technology for All Workshop. 

The workshop was attended by over 40 participants from academia, industry, and government and 20 remote participants. The purpose of this workshop was to frame the state of the art of accessible technology, identify forces shaping the evolution of accessible technology, and develop an understanding of implications for the next wave of computer science research in accessibility. By the end of the workshop, important areas of future research were identified and the need for tech-informed policy were highlighted by the participants. A workshop report will be forthcoming. 


Applications Open for Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS): Deadline February 1

The SWSIS program provides scholarships of $2,000 or more for women studying for their Bachelors and Masters degrees in fields relating to information security. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers in these fields.

SWSIS is a partnership of Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and CRA-WP.  Its long-term goal is to contribute to increasing the representation of women in the information security workforce.

Application Period: December 15 – February 1

Apply to SWSIS Now!

Call for White Papers: Mid-cycle Robotics Roadmap Update

Our objective is to develop a short mid-cycle update, identifying gaps that are not being addressed in current research, in funding opportunities, at companies, and in the government, which need to be addressed sooner than the next full roadmap update. To meet this objective, we want to engage a broad swath of researchers from academia and industry to ensure that the update is representative of the community’s view of what is needed in robotics research so that national priorities are met. 

We are asking researchers to submit a white paper / position statement, no longer than two pages, that addresses the following: What are the current gaps in robotics research and its ecosystem – and what are potential opportunities to fill those gaps? The white paper can focus on gaps across sectors or within one sector.  


Candidates Sought for CRA Board of Directors

The Computing Research Association seeks your help in recruiting candidates for its Board of Directors. We want individuals who have time, energy, initiative, and resources to work on CRA issues on behalf of the entire CRA community. We have a working Board, and all members are expected to work on community issues.

Members of the computing research community who are interested in serving on the CRA Board should nominate themselves by completing this form by December 16, 2022.  Nominees do not need to be affiliated with a CRA member organization.