The CRA Education Committee, with support from Google, is organizing an Academic Careers Workshop at FCRC 2019. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 25 from 12:30-6:30 PM. The sessions of the workshop will focus on the responsibilities, benefits, challenges, and opportunities of the different career paths as well as on teaching focused positions, including information on what’s needed to be a competitive candidate. Please register for the workshop through the FCRC registration page. We are now accepting applications for financial support to attend the workshop! Click here for more information and a tentative agenda.
Congratulations to the following CRA-W board members for their excellent achievements in computing.
Nancy Amato received the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in RA.
“For exceptional leadership in service of RAS conferences, publications, and membership, as well as mentorship of RAS volunteers”
Rebecca Wright received the SIGACT Distinguished Service Award
“ACM SIGACT presents its 2019 Distinguished Service Award to Rebecca Wright for her 11-year leadership of DIMACS, particularly in continuing and expanding the research and educational missions of DIMACS, for promoting diversity in computer science, and for using her expertise in privacy and security to help shape public policy on a national level.”
Holly Rushmeier received a named professorship at Yale University
“The John C. Malone Professor of Computer Science”
Susan Rodger is the 2019 recipient of the IEEE CS Taylor Booth Award
“for leadership in undergraduate and K-12 computer-science education, and for broadening participation of women in computing.”
CRA-W maintains lists of upcoming scholarship and award deadlines. Find out if you are eligible for one of these and apply today!
Submissions opened March 15 for the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships. The fellowships were created to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field. The program will support students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world.
Find more information and details of the nomination process, at http://www.sighpc.org/fellowships. Nominations close April 30.
By Heather M. Wright, Associate Director of CERP
The CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline concluded its fall 2018 Data Buddies Survey. The survey was modified to provide additional insight on student experiences in computing degree programs. These new data will be used in annual reporting and program evaluation.
By Meredith Ringel Morris, Principal Researcher & MSR Dissertation Grant Chair
Broadening participation in computing is a core part of Microsoft’s values; accordingly, we are excited to continue the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant that aims to recognize, support, and mentor diverse doctoral students as they complete their dissertation research in computing-related fields. This grant is open to doctoral students in their fourth year or beyond, studying computing topics at universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, who are underrepresented in the field of computing which include those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or people with disabilities. The program allows students to submit a grant proposal of up to $25,000 to support their dissertation research; grant recipients will also get to take part in a two-day career workshop at Microsoft Research Redmond this autumn. Grant proposals for 2019 are due on March 31.
You can read more about the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and find instructions to submit a grant proposal at http://aka.ms/Dissertation-Grant.
By Burçin Tamer, Director of CERP
According to the 2017 Data Buddies Survey, significantly higher percentages of students who are underrepresented in computing (29% and above) felt like an outsider in computing than majority men with no disabilities (17%). This lack of a sense of belonging was highest among the students with disabilities who are women or racial/ethnic minorities (45-46%).
By Melanie Williamson
Convention tells us that research involves a selection of topic, literature review, framework development, refining/defining your research question, developing a design, collecting data, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions, but at a community college the formality cannot always be used as a rule, but as a guideline for developing a realistic, learning opportunity. Community college participation in undergraduate research is an important part of education, but can easily fall by the wayside to address life challenges often faced by community college students. However, given the opportunity to participate, research can be a rewarding and valuable skill that should be afforded to more students.
Are you a student interested in exploring research in computer science or faculty interested in being a research mentor?
Check out the CRA-W Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) program.
The DREU program matches students with faculty mentors for summer research experiences at the faculty mentor’s home institution. DREU interns are directly involved in a research project with graduate students and professors, and faculty mentors work with new students from other institutions. Applications are currently open for both students and mentors; apply by February 15, 2019.
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has launched the “Catalyzing Computing” podcast, which will focus on topics of interests within the computing research community. The podcast is hosted by CCC Program Associate Khari Douglas and will feature interviews with researchers and policy makers about their background and experiences in the computing community.
The first episode is out now! In this episode a CCC Council Member talks about growing up in India, his grad school trajectory, career choices, and his current research interest in algorithmic fairness.
You can stream or download the podcast on Soundcloud now.