Updates from CRA-W

National Science Foundation Selects Recipients of the 2022 CSGrad4US Fellowship Program


 By Erik Russell, CRA Director of Programs

The National Science Foundation recently selected sixty-nine recipients of the 2022 CSGrad4US Fellowship Program. The objective of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US) is to increase the number of diverse, domestic graduate students pursuing research and innovation careers in the CISE fields: computer science, computer engineering, or information science. CSGrad4US recipients will participate in the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program organized by the Computing Research Association with funding provided by the National Science Foundation through award #2231962. 

CRA-WP at the 2022 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing: September 7-10


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.

Will you be attending the 2022 TAPIA Conference? Come visit the CRA-WP booth (#908) at the exhibit hall! Learn about programs and resources we offer to support you in your Computing Research career journey.

CRA and CRA-WP Welcome Lauren Lashlee


CRA has recently hired Lauren Lashlee as a program associate for the Widening Participation (CRA-WP) committee. In this role, she supports CRA-WP programs that focus on increasing the success and participation of underrepresented groups in computing research.

Lauren was raised Savannah, GA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in K-12 English as a Second Oral Language. Before joining CRA, Lauren was an educator for six years in Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools. She enjoys cooking, painting, and physical activities.

CRA-WP Presents the 2022 CRA-WP Early Career Awards Honoring Skip Ellis and Anita Borg


The Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research (CRA-WP) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Skip Ellis Early Career Award and  Anita Borg Early Career Award. Maya Cakmak of the University of Washington has been selected as the 2022 Anita Borg Early Career Award recipient. The Anita Borg Early Career Award honors […]

CRA-WP Career Mentoring Workshop: Application Deadline October 12


Applications are now open for the 2020 CRA-WP Early and Mid-Career Mentoring Workshop! The purpose of the workshop is to provide historically underserved groups in computing research and education with support to further develop your career. Apply today to join sessions on career tracks in education, research and industry/government laboratories, participate in group mentoring, and build one-on-one mentoring relationships with senior researchers. Deadline: October 12.

Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications: October 31 Deadline


Undergraduate computing departments have long suffered from issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). However, there has been, to date, no large-scale effort that focuses on addressing issues of systemic racism and bias that directly impact not only students from minoritized groups, but also faculty (as issues of race, gender, and intersectionality impact hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions).

Motivated by this deficiency, the Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows Program was designed to provide a cohort-based professional development program that allows computing faculty and graduate students to 1) learn more about social science topics, such as identity, intersectionality, racism, bias, and discrimination; how these topics impact computing environments (as well as the developed technologies); and policies that address them; 2) develop computing courses related to these topics at their home institutions; 3) identify course module content for current computing courses in the curriculum; and 4) identify and create departmental/school/university initiatives to foster more inclusive and equitable cultures at their home institutions.

More information on the program (including timeline, FAQ, and application) is available at https://identity.cs.duke.edu/fellows.html.

CRA-WP at the 2020 ACM Richard Tapia Conference


CRA-WP is excited to join the 2020 ACM Richard Tapia Conference and celebrate diversity in computing! If you are attending, come visit us at our virtual booth– you will have an opportunity to chat with CRA staff and learn more about the programs we offer undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, industry researchers, and government lab researchers.  

Expanding the Pipeline: CRA-WP Research Mentoring at the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing – Going Strong and Growing


By A.J. Bernheim Brush, Tracy Camp, Sheila Castañeda, Andrea Danyluk, Yuqing Melanie Wu

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) appears to be on track to break attendance records every year. The 2019 conference, held in Orlando Florida, saw an increase to more than 25,000 participants, up from around 20,000 in 2018.  As GHC grows, so does the reach of CRA-WP’s programs at GHC for attendees interested in research and research careers. For undergraduate students exploring research for the first time, graduate students embarking on the path to a research career, academic and research professionals furthering their careers, and industry professionals considering a career change, CRA-WP’s programs make a real impact on many GHC participants.