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.

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Apply Now for the 2019 CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women: November 15 Deadline


Calling all female graduate students in their first three years

Apply to attend the 2019 CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women in Chicago, IL.

CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women is a two-day workshop which provides women with opportunities to learn graduate school survival skills, receive mentoring, and develop networks with senior computing researchers.

Submit an Application Today!

Applications Open for 2019 CRA URMD Grad Cohort Workshop: November 15 Deadline


Are you?

• An underrepresented minority and/or a person with a disability who is in graduate school studying computer science or computer engineering
• Interested in interacting with successful leaders in your field who can give you advice on topics such as:

– How to find and develop your research topic
– How to prepare for your career after grad school
– How to overcome cultural barriers that make pursuing an advanced degree in computing more challenging

Apply to attend the 2019 CRA URMD Grad Cohort at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii on March 22-23, 2019!

Participants Reflect on the 2018 CRA URMD Grad Cohort in Short Video


Listen to what participants have to say about the inaugural CRA Graduate Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities and Persons with Disabilities (URMD Grad Cohort) in this recently released video.

The upcoming CRA URMD Grad Cohort will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii on March 22-23, 2019. In addition, next year’s CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women will be held at the Hilton Chicago on April 12-13, 2019.

Both applications will open in early October.

CRA-W at ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing: September 19-22


The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities. If you’re attending the event, come visit the CRA-W booth in the exhibit hall. Additionally, CRA-W Board Member Ayanna Howard has been honored with the 2018 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing and will receive the award at Tapia.

Apply for Our Next DSW: SIAM CSE19 Broader Engagement Program – Due September 21


CRA-W is proud to sponsor the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2019 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE19) conference Broader Engagement (BE) program hosted in Spokane Washington via the Discipline Specific Workshops (DSW) program. Through the SIAM community and activities we aim to assist in providing a rich scientific program, mentoring, and career and professional development to students from underrepresented and underprivileged backgrounds who aspire to broaden their experience in research-based professional activities.

Help fund your next workshop! Discipline Specific Workshops provide career mentoring and networking opportunities in the context of a specific research area. Apply to host a DSW today!

Register for the Next Virtual Undergrad Town Hall: Big Messy Data – Looking for the Signal in Noisy and Biased Data on October 4


Speaker: Alexandra Mileou

Research Presentation: Big Messy Data: Looking for the Signal in Noisy and Biased Data
Data is not only vast, but it is often imperfect, conflicting, and untrustworthy, leading to flawed analyses and results that can be misleading. This presentation will highlight the impact of imperfect data on our society and discuss tools that derive diagnoses for data errors and tools for detecting biases in data-driven processes.

Mentor Presentation: How to Fail!  (A Guide to Anticipating and Overcoming Failures)
Failures are inevitable and happen to everyone.  This presentation will discuss personal experiences and will offer reflections on navigating various types of failures from the perspectives of research, graduate school, and academia in general.  Our ultimate goal is to embrace our failures, learn to expect them, accept them, and transform them into opportunities for growth.

Join us October 4th at 5:00pm ET
Register Today

iAAMCS Releases Guidelines for Successfully Mentoring Black/African-American Computing Sciences Doctoral Students


These guidelines were established to articulate successful strategies for mentoring African-American doctoral students in Computing Sciences (CS). iAAMCS defines “student mentoring” as the process of supporting, encouraging and guiding students’ academic and social progress with the goal of facilitating career and personal development. Grounded in project-based results and similar empirical research, the following guidelines emerged: (1) recruit strategically, (2) establish community, (3) foster a research culture, (4) provide holistic advising, (5) provide funding and (6) promote professional development. iAAMCS hopes that institutions, departments and faculty use these guidelines to bolster the participation of African-American students pursuing doctoral degrees in CS.

Although the iAAMCS Guidelines serve as best practices for mentoring African-American students in computing, these strategies are useful for optimal mentoring all students.

Click here to download a pdf of the guidelines.

Nominations Open for CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awards: Due December 7


The CRA Distinguished Service Award is presented to a person or multiple people who have made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. The CRA A. Nico Habermann Award is presented to a person or multiple people who have made outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented groups in the computing research community.