2019 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This year’s nominees are a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several are authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others have made presentations at major conferences, and some have produced software artifacts that are in widespread use.

CRA gratefully acknowledges the support of Microsoft Research and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs which sponsor the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award program in alternate years. Microsoft Research is the sponsor of this year’s award.

Finishing Your PhD or Postdoc? Submit Your CV for Academic and Industrial/Government Laboratory Positions

CRA encourages postdocs and finishing PhD students looking for academic or industrial/government laboratory research positions to post their applications in this new service before the academic recruiting season begins. Candidates for these positions can upload their resumes, research and teaching statements, job objectives and other preferences, and a link to a presentation video. Recruiting officers with access are able to search this information and are encouraged to contact candidates.

CACM Blog Post: Broadening Participation in Computing is Easier Than You Think

By Mary Hall, Richard Ladner, Diane Levitt, and Manuel Pérez-Quiñones

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently introduced new requirements for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate programs, whereby some funded projects must include a Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Plan. To facilitate this transition, the Computing Research Association (CRA) is launching a resource portal called BPCnet which is being funded by NSF to connect organizations that provide BPC programs with computing departments and NSF grant proposers. These changes reflect a recognition that any significant impact on the diversity of the field will benefit greatly from engaging the entire academic computing research community. Many universities will respond by expanding their broadening participation efforts to include students from groups who are underrepresented in computing, including women, underrepresented minorities, and students with disabilities (URMD). This article lists 10 small steps that departments can do toward this goal.   

CRA-W Board Member Named 2018 ACM Fellow

The ACM recently named 56 of its members as ACM Fellows for transformative contributions and advancing technology in the digital age. The Fellows were honored for significant contributions in areas including computer architecture, mobile networks, robotics, and systems security. CRA-W Board Member Sandhya Dwarkadas was among those honored “For contributions to shared memory and reconfigurability.”

Forbes America’s Top 50 Women in Tech List

Ayanna Howard and Maria Klawe were recently recognized on Forbes America’s Top 50 Women in Tech List. The Top 50 Women In Tech is an unranked assessment of technologists in five categories: Moguls, Founders, Innovators, Engineers and Warriors. The list showcases the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial women who are changing the world.

Ayanna Howard is a CRA and CRA-W Board Member from Georgia Tech. Maria Klawe is a former CRA Board Member and a CRA-W Founder from Harvey Mudd College.

View the full list at: https://www.forbes.com/top-tech-women-america/list/.

Register for the Next Virtual Undergrad Town Hall: Optimizing in a Strategic World – An Invitation to Algorithmic Game Theory on November 15

Speaker: Anna Karlin

Research Presentation: Optimizing in a Strategic World: An Invitation to Algorithmic Game Theory
The boundary between computer science, game theory and economics is teeming with activity. One of the most exciting topics at this intersection is “incentive engineering”: the design of protocols so that rational participants, motivated solely by their self-interest, will end up achieving the designer’s goal. In other words: algorithm design with incentives.

Mentor Presentation: What Does a Good Grad School Application Look Like?
Anna Karlin’s talk will include tips on how to write your essay and how to get great recommendations.

Post-Discussion Chat: Join Anna Karlin & Sheila Castaneda for a chat to continue the discussion about finding your place, meet fellow students, and share your experiences.

Join us November 15th at 5:00pm ET

New Resource Available: CRA-W Resources on Sexual Harassment

Members of the CRA-W Board of Directors have curated a page of resources concerning sexual harassment. The purpose of this resource is to inform our community about resources, policies and best practices related to the handling of sexual harassment and sexual violence. There is information on reporting sexual harassment (Title IX), highlights from the National Academies report, advice for conference organizers, computer science community responses, best practices for bystanders and more.

Feel free to share this resource with others.