Mentoring Tracks at Grace Hopper 

Upcoming

Are you planning to attend the next Grace Hopper conference?  Would you like to receive mentoring and career guidance from successful senior women in your field? CRA-W sponsors mentoring sessions for:

Undergraduates

Learn about the what, why and how of undergraduate research, how to get accepted and then thrive in graduate school, and the differences between Master’s and Ph.D programs.

WEDNESDAY OCT 4, 2017

11:30am

Graduate School Survival Skills

Maria Gini (University of Minnesota)

Kathryn McKinley (Google)

This session will address strategies for maintaining balance and a positive perspective in your life during graduate school and throughout your career. Topics will include achieving personal satisfaction in your career and family life, balancing your TA duties, your course work, and your research program, decision-making strategies when career and family priorities seem to collide, and reevaluating your personal and career goals and initiating changes.


WEDNESDAY OCT 4, 2017

1:30pm

Building Your Academic Professional Network

Ayanna Howard (Georgia Tech)

Susan Rogers (Duke University)

Effective networking with others in your community is one of the most powerful tools in advancing your professional career.  This skill can connect you to your community in meaningful ways, land you a dream job, and help you score awards or promotions.  Join us to learn how to present yourself and your ideas in a concise and appealing way, as well as how to deliberately build and nurture your professional network.


WEDNESDAY OCT 4, 2017

3:00pm

Finding Your Dream Job with a Ph.D.

A.J. Brush (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Ming Lin (University of North Carolina)

Curious about the range of post-Ph.D. career options in academia and industry? Looking for some practical advice on how to apply for jobs, interview, and negotiate a job offer? If yes, this session is for you. Researchers who have completed successful job searches and are now working in different jobs will talk about their experiences and answer your questions.


WEDNESDAY OCT 4, 2017

4:30pm

Making the Most of Your Summer Internship

Elizabeth Bautista (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

Goranka Bjedov (Facebook)

This session will focus on how to go about finding an industry or government lab internship for the summer, the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, and how to get the most out of a summer internship.


FRIDAY OCT 6, 2017

9:00am

Student Opportunity Lab

Searching for a job in industry, academia or government? Looking for an internship or research opportunity? Thinking about continuing your studies? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the interactive Student Opportunity Lab (SOL) might be the session for you. Mentors and speakers will hold brief sessions at their own tables. Navigate your own path through the tables featuring topics of interest to you.

CRA-W Tables:

  • Research Careers — What Are the Options?  How Do I Get There? Mentors: Sunita Chandrasekran, Robin Graham, Rita H. Wouhaybi
    • What does a research career in computing look like? What are the options in academia? Industry? Government? What can you do to best prepare yourself for one of these careers? How do you successfully apply for them? Come chat with researchers in academia, industry, and government about these questions and more
  • How to Be Successful Post-Bachelor’s? Mentors: Elizabeth Bautista, A.J. Brush, and Jini Ramprakash, Shana Watters
    • You are well on your way to earning a bachelor’s degree (congratulations!). What’s next? Should you consider graduate school? Should you look for a full-time job? What are the pros and cons of these career decisions, and how can you set yourself up to be successful post-bachelor’s? Come chat with professionals about the types of doors that are open with a bachelor’s degree in computing.
  • Is Graduate School For You? Mentors: Padma Raghavan, Shana Watters, Dee A. B. Weikle,
    • Is graduate school in computer science and engineering for you? What benefits do you get once you have a graduate degree? Come chat with students and professionals from industry and academia who will help you understand what it’s like to be in graduate school, and the options you’ll have when you finish.
  • Master’s or Ph.D.? Mentors: Bushra Anjum, Helen Hu, Glida Garreton, Jessica Gullbrand, Cynthia Lee, Patty Lopez, Juliette Ugirumurera
    • Considering either a Master’s or Ph.D.? Not sure about the difference? Come chat about the main differences in career options and in graduate studies between a Master’s and Ph.D. degree. Topics include realistic goals and expectations for each degree and various strategies for deciding which degree to pursue.
  • How to Successfully Apply to Graduate School? Mentors: Nancy Amato, Monica Anderson, Dilma Da Silva, Andrea Danyluk, Laura Dillon, Maria Gini, Ayanna Howard, Suzanne Matthews, Susan Rodger, Sara Owsley Sood
    • Considering either a Master’s or Ph.D.? Not sure about the difference? Come chat about the main differences in career options and in graduate studies between a Master’s and Ph.D. degree. Topics include realistic goals and expectations for each degree and various strategies for deciding which degree to pursue.
  • What is Computing Research?  How Can Undergraduates Participate? Mentors: Jeannie Albrecht, Amy Csizmar Dalal, Julia Hirschberg, Amy Hughes, Yerika Jimenez, Veronica G. Vergara Larrea, Yuqing Melanie Wu
    • Interested in computer science research, but not sure what research is?  We will talk about the world of research, to help you decide if it’s for you. We will also describe the different ways you can obtain a research experience during your undergraduate career, and the doors that these experiences will help open. Bring your questions.

Graduate Students

Learn how to thrive in graduate school, how to build your professional persona and network, and how to find your dream job. Senior graduate students may also be interested in topics for Early Career.


WEDNESDAY OCT 4, 2017

11:30am

Graduate School Survival Skills

Maria Gini (University of Minnesota)

Kathryn McKinley (Google)

This session will address strategies for maintaining balance and a positive perspective in your life during graduate school and throughout your career. Topics will include achieving personal satisfaction in your career and family life, balancing your TA duties, your course work, and your research program, decision-making strategies when career and family priorities seem to collide, and reevaluating your personal and career goals and initiating changes.


WEDNESDAY OCT 4, 2017

1:30pm

Building Your Academic Professional Network

Ayanna Howard (Georgia Tech)

Susan Rogers (Duke University)

Effective networking with others in your community is one of the most powerful tools in advancing your professional career.  This skill can connect you to your community in meaningful ways, land you a dream job, and help you score awards or promotions.  Join us to learn how to present yourself and your ideas in a concise and appealing way, as well as how to deliberately build and nurture your professional network.


WEDNESDAY OCT 4, 2017

3:00pm

Finding Your Dream Job with a Ph.D.

A.J. Brush (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Ming Lin (University of North Carolina)

Curious about the range of post-Ph.D. career options in academia and industry? Looking for some practical advice on how to apply for jobs, interview, and negotiate a job offer? If yes, this session is for you. Researchers who have completed successful job searches and are now working in different jobs will talk about their experiences and answer your questions.


THURSDAY OCT 5, 2017

4:30pm

Building Your Professional Persona

Soha Hassoun (Tufts University)

Patty Lopez (Intel Corporation)

This session will address the dos and don’ts of building a professional image. Topics will include web presence (personal pages and social media), dissemination of technical contributions, and professional ethics.

Early Career

Learn how to start, manage and grow your own research program and how to achieve success in your field.


WEDNESDAY OCT 4, 2017

1:30-3:30pm

Best Practices for Recruiting Diverse Faculty

Speakers:

Lecia Barker, Professor of Information Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Valeri Barr, Professor of Computer Science, Union College
Tracy Camp, Professor of Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines
Sherri L. Sanders, Extension Services Program Director, NCWIT
Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder, National Center for Women & Information Technology

“Best Practices for Recruiting Diverse Faculty ” is a program developed and organized jointly by ACM-WCRA-W, and NCWIT.


THURSDAY OCT 5, 2017

11:30am

Effective Teaching Tactics

Helen Hu (Westminster College in Salt Lake City)

Cynthia Lee (Stanford)

In this session, we will cover both current theories on educational pedagogy as well as very practical suggestions and resources to thrive in the classroom. We will discuss planning course goals and objectives, options for how to use class time, and ways to foster a fun, interactive learning environment. We will also present classroom management techniques and strategies for what to do when things don’t go as intended.


THURSDAY OCT 5, 2017

1:30pm

Starting, Managing, and Growing Your Own Research Program

Sarita Adve (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Nancy Amato (Texas A&M University)

Whether you are in academia or a research lab, growing your research program means tapping into resources that help you be more successful. Funding can enable you to attract more students or work on larger projects. Collaboration enables you to work with people outside your area of expertise, initiate new projects and have a lot of fun. This session will cover strategies for creating a successful research program.


THURSDAY OCT 5, 2017

3:00pm

Top Tips for Balancing the Demands of a Research Career

Tracy Camp (Colorado School of Mines)

Robin Graham (Argonne National Laboratory)

Growing your research program means tapping into resources that help you be more successful. Funding can enable you to attract more students, or work on larger projects. Collaboration enables you to work with people outside your area of expertise, initiate new projects, and have a lot of fun. This session will cover strategies for creating a successful research program.


THURSDAY OCT 5, 2017

4:30pm

Building Your Professional Persona

Soha Hassoun (Tufts University)

Patty Lopez (Intel Corporation)

This session will address the dos and don’ts of building a professional image. Topics will include web presence (personal pages and social media), dissemination of technical contributions, and professional ethics.

Mid to Advanced Career

WEDNESDAY OCT 4, 2017

1:30-3:30pm

Best Practices for Recruiting Diverse Faculty

Speakers:

Lecia Barker, Professor of Information Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Valeri Barr, Professor of Computer Science, Union College
Tracy Camp, Professor of Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines
Sherri L. Sanders, Extension Services Program Director, NCWIT
Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder, National Center for Women & Information Technology

“Best Practices for Recruiting Diverse Faculty ” is a program developed and organized jointly by ACM-WCRA-W, and NCWIT.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (1246649). 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.

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