Updates from CRA-W

Workshop on Departmental Plans for Broadening Participation in Computing: Apply by October 7

Since 2017, the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has been asking CISE Principal Investigators to include meaningful BPC plans in proposals submitted to a subset of CISE’s research programs. To support departments in preparing for this new effort, teams of 2-3 administrators and faculty members from computing institutions are invited to apply to participate in a workshop focused on Department Plans for Broadening Participation in Computing.

This NSF sponsored workshop will take place from November 13-15, 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science). Participants will spend 1.5 days learning from BPC experts and working in break-out groups to develop a departmental plan for their own unit. The culmination of the workshop will be a departmental plan that leadership teams can take back to their unit for their faculty to use in support of their NSF CISE proposals. Additionally, teams will be encouraged to share their department plan with the computing community on the BPCnet Resource Portal.

Reasonable travel costs, housing, and meals will be provided for accepted workshop participants. The deadline to apply is October 7, 2019. Apply here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3791521

For more information, please email bpcdeptworkshop@cs.illinois.edu or visit the workshop website https://go.illinois.edu/bpcdeptworkshop

CRA-WP Co-chair Margaret Martonosi Receives SRC Aristotle Award

Recently, CRA Board Member and CRA-WP Co-Chair Margaret Martonosi Martonosi was selected to receive the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Aristotle Award.

cFrom the SRC announcement:

“The Aristotle Award was initiated in 1995 to recognize professors who best contribute to the development of the industry’s most valuable resource, its human resource.  This award recognizes SRC-supported faculty whose deep commitment to the educational experience of SRC students has had a profound and continuing impact on their professional performance and, consequently, a significant impact for members over a long period of time.

In the words of her nominator, she expertly taught her students to balance innovation with the need for hard, quantifiable, and lasting results.” This has been demonstrated time and again through awards that have recognized research standing up to the test of time.

As an advisor, she has helped shape a new generation of computer architects, including David Brooks (Harvard), Kevin Skadron (Virginia), Carole-Jean W (Arizona St.), and Abhishek Bhattacharjee (Yale). Her mentoring goes beyond just Princeton – in 2006 she launched the ACM Computing Research Association’s Domain Specific Workshops for encouraging and mentoring women and minority graduate students in all areas of computer science. These have given thousands of women and minorities advice, mentoring, and networking in their chosen domains. One supporter noted that she demonstrates a deep commitment to her graduate students and undergraduates as world-class researchers and as human beings. She provides firm yet steady guidance to advance projects and tempers this with patience that allows students to find their own voice. She emphasizes and encourages her students to write and speak well, to represent themselves and their high quality research, and still maintain a healthy work-life balance.


Congratulations Margaret on this much deserved award!

A Broader Case for Diversity and Inclusion: CRA-Women Transitioning to CRA-Widening Participation

By the CRA Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research 

It is with great excitement that we share with our friends, colleagues, and broader computing community that CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is now officially CRA Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research (CRA-WP). CRA-W was established in 1991 with the mission of increasing the success and participation of women in Computing Research. Since that time, we have organized numerous programs at various levels to engage, encourage, and sustain women in computing. In 2004, CRA-W first partnered with the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) to engage and increase the participation of individuals from additional underrepresented groups in computing. In 2008, this partnership became a BPC Alliance, further expanding and strengthening our outreach and programmatic efforts. Over the past decade, our programs have quite naturally shifted from being initially women-only or women-focused, to being increasingly co-ed, with a mission of serving a wide range of constituencies. This natural progression towards broadening our scope to address all forms of underrepresentation in computing continues to motivate and drive our extremely dedicated board of volunteers.