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CRA-WP Announces Inaugural Skip Ellis Early Career Award – Nominations Open December 16

CRA-WP is pleased to announce its newest award, the Skip Ellis Early Career Award, which will recognize outstanding scientists and engineers with exceptional potential for leadership in computing. The award joins the Borg Early Career Award for Women in advancing excellence and equal opportunity in computing research. Beginning December 16, we invite your nominations for the inaugural Skip Ellis Early Career Award.

This annual award honors the late Clarence “Skip” Ellis who was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and the first African-American to be elected a Fellow of the ACM. Among his many contributions to computing, he is most well-known for his pioneering work in groupware and CSCW systems.  His accomplishments include leading the development of OfficeTalk, the first office system to use icons and Ethernet to allow people to collaborate from a distance.

The Skip Ellis Early Career Award is given to a person who identifies as a member of a group underrepresented in computing (African-American, Latinx, Native American/First Peoples, and/or People with Disabilities), who has made significant research contributions in computer science and/or engineering and has also contributed to the profession, especially in outreach to under-represented demographics. The award recognizes individuals in academia and industrial/government labs who combine excellence in their research accomplishments with a positive and significant impact advancing equal opportunity in the computing research community.  This award is focused on underrepresented researchers that are relatively early in their careers (at most 8 years post-PhD).   

Nominations for the inaugural Skip Ellis Early Career Award will open on December 16, 2019. Detailed information about the award and nomination submission can be found on the Skip Ellis Early Career Award website.

Nominations Open December 16: Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA)

The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-WP, and is inspired by her commitment to increasing the participation of women in computing research.

Nominations for the Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA) will open on December 16, 2019. Detailed information about the award and nomination submission can be found on the  Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA) website.

Package Submission Deadline December 2: NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award

Do you know someone who has combined outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring? Have they served as an advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields? What better way to show them than to submit nomination materials on their behalf and surprise them with a $5,000 gift and a trip to the NCWIT Summit? Read the details of what information you’ll need to gather and then go ahead and submit it on their behalf here.


Deadline January 15: Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates

DREU interns have the opportunity to be directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for those who are considering graduate school; DREU will provide a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and increase interns’ competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships. Faculty mentors will have the opportunity to work on their research project with new students from other institutions and to mentor future graduate students. Note: There is a new application site for fall 2019.