Early Career Mentoring Workshops



Are you in the early stages of your career, working in academia, industry or at a government lab? Are you interested in interacting with senior women in your field?

If so, participate in one of our Career Mentoring Workshops!

When you attend an Early Career Mentoring Workshop, you will learn: how to build a great research program, advise students and get funding, how to be an effective and inspiring teacher, how to set yourself up for promotion and success, and how to balance work and life, among other things.

CRA-W offers three different types of Early Career Mentoring Workshops for participants who are:

  • Early CMW Research –  in their early stages of a research career in academia.
  • Early CMW Lab – in their early stages of a research career in an industry or government research lab.
  • Early CMW Education –  in their early stages of a career in teaching and undergraduate education.

This is an NSF funded program. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (1310792). 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.


You are eligible to attend an Early Career Mentoring Workshop program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as a woman.
  • A senior PhD student, or post-doc.
  • In early career as a researcher in academia.
  • In early career as a researcher in an industry or government lab.
  • In early career as a faculty member in academia.
  • Attending or affiliated with an institution in the United States or its territories.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please direct your questions to earlycmw@cra.org

If there are extenuating circumstances for applying beyond the timeframe listed in the eligibility requirements, please make sure you address this in the application. Extenuating Circumstances beyond an applicant’s control include, but are not limited to:

  • Documented medical condition or serious illness
  • Documented learning disability
  • Death of a family member or friend
  • Involuntary call to active military duty
  • Maternity/family leave

Our next Early Career Mentoring Workshop will be held on March 8, 2017 in Seattle, WA (collocated with SIGCSE 2017).

If you have any questions regarding upcoming events or applications, please direct your questions to earlycmw@cra.org

Travel & Financial Support

Funding may be available for participants of Early Career Mentoring Workshops if they meet the eligibility requirements listed below. Participants will be notified of any travel assistance upon acceptance to the workshop. If funded, the participant will submit a reimbursement form and be directly reimbursed, up to the approved limit, for reasonable expenses incurred such as travel, lodging, and meals associated with the workshop.

You qualify for financial support for an Early Career Mentoring Workshop (Early CMW-E/R/L) program if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • A graduate student in year three or later, post-doc, early career faculty member, or early career researcher in an industrial or government lab
  • A member of the computing field community
  • Attending or affiliated with an institution in the United States or its territories
  • Identify as a woman

NOTE: Priority will be given to Early CMW applicants who are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories.

Guidelines for Expense Reimbursements from CRA

Past Years

Early Career Mentoring Workshop

25th Anniversary of the Early CMW

Early Career Mentoring Workshop: Then & Now




In 1993, CRA-W began holding  annual Career Mentoring Workshops for women in academia. The first workshop was held in at FCRC, led by Cindy Brown. For 25 years these workshops have  provided participants the opportunity to network with women in their field and receive mentoring from leading academic professionals. The following tiles celebrates the participants of the first workshop and their achievements over the years.

Kathryn Mckinley: Then

Kathryn McKinleyDegree: PhD Rice University, 1992.
Research Area: Programming Languages
First Position: Post doc at Ecole de Mines in Paris, France. 

Kathryn McKinley: Now

Current Position: Senior Research Scientist for Google
Recent Awards: ACM Fellow (2008), IEEE Fellow (2011)
Most enriching experience of your career? Being on the CRA-W Board and encouraging and supporting 1000s of women in computer science

Valerie Taylor: Then

By 1993, Valerie Taylor was serving as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University

Valerie Taylor: Now

Current Position: Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

Nancy Amato Then:

Degree: PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1993. 



Nancy Amato Now:

Nancy AmatoCurrent position: The Unocal Professor and Regents Professor ,Texas A&M University.

Yolanda Gil: Then

Degree:PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 1992
Research Area: Artificial Intelligence
First Position after graduate school: Research Assistant Professor 
First experience with CRA-W: Attending the first Early Career Mentoring Workshop in 1993





Yolanda Gil: Now

Current Position: Research Professor and Director
What has been the most enriching experience of your career? Working with scientists in many fields on challenging research projects, and getting high school students and undergraduates interested in computer science. 


Ronitt Rubinfield: Then

Degree: PhD, University of California, Berkley, 1990
Research Area: Theory of Computation, Algorithm. 
First Position after graduation: Postdoctoral researcher at DIMCAS/Princeton University

Ronitt Rubinfield: Now

Current Position: Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Most enriching experience of your career: While there has been no single most enriching moment of my career, I have been fortunate to be in a thriving research area, to have a fantastic research advisor, and colleagues, and to be able to work on problems that are exciting and interesting.

Laura Dillon: Then

Degree: PhD University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1984
Research Area: Software Engineering
First Position after Graduation: Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts.

Laura Dillon: Now

Current Position: Professor, University of Michigan
Are there any CRA-W memories or events you found particularly impactful upon your career?
Although I attended CRA-W meetings as a speaker, I'm sure  I learned more from the meetings than I imparted. I was inspired by talks by Mary Jane Irwin, Maria Klawe, and many other strong women in my field. As the only woman in on the faculty of UCSB for my 12 years there, I was thirsty for female role models, and found some great ones at CRA-W!

Joanne Atlee: Then

Degree: PhD University of Maryland, 1992
Research Area: Software Engineering
First position after graduate school: Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. 

Joann Atlee: Now

Current position: Professor, University of Waterloo
Most enriching experience of your career: Serving as Director of Women in Computer Science, at an institution that (this year) has 880 female students enrolled in one of four computer science  programs, and has over 50 female graduate students. 
                             Recent Awards: ACM Distinguished Scientist

Vijaya Ramachandran: Then

Degree: PhD, Princeton University, 1983
Research Area: Theory of Computing
First position after completing graduate school: Assistant Professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Vijaya Ramachandran: Now

Current Position: Professor, University of Texas, Austin
Favorite memory of CRA-W: I have served on two career mentoring workshops organized by CRA-W, and both have been rewarding experiences. 

Mary Hall: Then

Mary Hall: Now

Program Chairs

Susan RodgerSusan Rodger

Duke University
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Deb AgarwalDeb Agarwal

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Holly RushmeierHolly Rushmeier

Yale University
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Sheila CastanedaSheila Castañeda

Clarke University
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