CRA-WP Presents the 2021 CRA-WP Early Career Awards Honoring Skip Ellis and Anita Borg

CRA-WP is honored to announce the recipients of the 2021 Skip Ellis Early Career Award and Anita Borg Early Career Award. Sanmi Koyejo of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has been selected as the 2021 Skip Ellis Early Career Award recipient. Shiri Azenkot of Cornell University was selected to receive the Distinction of Honorable Mention for this award. Finale Doshi-Velez of Harvard University has been selected as the 2021 Anita Borg Early Career Award recipient.

Expanding the Pipeline: CRA-WP Holds Virtual Grad Cohort Workshop for Women

By Susan Rodger, Maria Gini and Julia Hirschberg, CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Women Program Chairs, and Heather Wright, CERP

On April 23-24, CRA-WP was thrilled to hold the 2021Grad Cohort Workshop for Women after canceling the previous year’s event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grad Cohort for Women 2021 was quite different than previous Grad Cohorts as it was held virtually using the Socio event platform. The workshop still consisted of advice panels by professors and research scientists, research discussion sessions, a keynote talk, one-on-one mentoring sessions, an exhibit hall, and even food breaks complete with a customized snack box delivered in advance.  Attendance was strong with 375 students, 35 speakers and mentors, 36 sponsors and 14 staff present.

Congratulations to the 2021 SWSIS Recipients!

17 women were selected this year to receive a Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS). The SWSIS program provides scholarships for women studying for their Bachelors and Masters degrees in fields relating to information security. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers in these fields.

Read more about the selected recipients here.

CRA-WP Thanks Retiring Board Members

Four members have retired from the CRA-WP Board of Directors. CRA-WP would like to thank all retiring board members for their contributions during their service on the board.

Sheila Castañeda
Was instrumental in the establishment of the Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, supported website initiatives, and helped establish the first Career Mentoring Workshop Education track at SIGCSE

Melanie Wu
Co-led the Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, and the Grace Hopper Celebration Research Scholars program

Rita Wouhaybi
Co-led the Career Mentoring Workshops and Grad Cohort Workshop for Women

Anna Karlin
Developed materials to help promote activities, and cultivated resources to help prevent sexual harassment

CRA-WP Board Member Ayanna Howard Named ACM Athena Lecturer for Contributions to Robotics, AI and Broadening Participation in Computing

The recipient of the 2021- 2022 ACM Athena Lecturer Award is Ayanna Howard, Dean of The Ohio State University College of Engineering.

Her citation reads as follows:
For fundamental contributions to the development of accessible human-robotic systems and artificial intelligence along with forging new paths to broaden participation in computing through entrepreneurial and mentoring efforts.
To view the press release, please visit:

Call to Action: Apply Now to the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program!

Are you interested in serving as a mentor or coach?
The mentor and coach application is now available on the CS Grad4US Mentoring Program webpage.

The goals of the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program are:

  1. To guide returning students through the application process towards a successful CS PhD admission and school selection
  2. To mentor them through the transition to PhD graduate study in the first year towards high retention.

Specific topics include the admissions process, preparation of all components of a strong graduate application, differences between graduate programs at different institutions, how to compare programs with respect to the Fellow’s goals and background, and general guidelines on making a selection among admission acceptances.

The CSGrad4US Mentoring Program will provide not only general graduate application advice and guidance, but also provide missing larger context and network to students returning from the workforce. Our intention is to recruit a representative set of mentors and coaches that reflects the diversity of institutions, demographics, and scholarship among the computing research community.

Applications received by June 1st will be given preference.

NSF Extends Application Deadline for CSGrad4US: New NSF Fellowship Opportunity for CISE Bachelor’s Degree Holders to Return for PhD – Due May 19

The Application deadline for the CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship has been extended and is now due May 19, 2021, by 5:00 pm submitter local time. Please visit for additional details and deadlines.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate has announced the new CSGrad4US Graduate Fellowship program that aims to increase the number of diverse, domestic graduate students pursuing research and innovation careers in the CISE fields. The new fellowship, which will provide 3-year fellowship opportunities for new Ph.D. students in the computing disciplines, was released in response to the increased demand for people with a Ph.D. in computer science (CS), the continued decrease of domestic students pursuing research and completing a Ph.D., and the overall small number of bachelor’s degree recipients in CS pursuing graduate school.

Margaret Martonosi Receives the 2021 ACM/IEEE-CS Eckert-Mauchly Award

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society recently announced that former CRA-WP Co-chair Margaret Martonosi is the recipient of the 2021 Eckert-Mauchly Award. She was cited for contributions to the design, modeling, and verification of power-efficient computer architecture. The Eckert-Mauchly Award is known as the computer architecture community’s most prestigious award.