CRA-WP will host two Graduate Cohort Workshops in 2020. The Grad Cohort Workshop for URMD is designed specifically for underrepresented minorities in computing and persons with disabilities in graduate school in computing fields. The Grad Cohort Workshop for Women is designed for women students in their first, second, or third year of graduate school in computing fields. The workshops will include a mix of formal presentations, informal discussions and social events. By attending Grad Cohort, participants will be able to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks that are intended to form the basis for ongoing activities during their graduate career and beyond. Both applications are now open and will close on November 15.
National Science Foundation Director France Córdova today named former CRA board member, current CRA-WP co-Chair, and current Princeton Computer Science professor Margaret Martonosi as the next head of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate at NSF. Martonosi will assume the role of Assistant Director, CISE on February 1, 2020.
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.
The CV Database is now open for the 2019-20 recruiting season. It can be accessed through https://cra.org/cv-database/. Candidates are able to upload their resumes, research and teaching statements, job objectives and other preferences, and a link to a short presentation video. Recruiters will be able to search this information and are encouraged to contact candidates.
CRA recently published two videos on the 2019 Grad Cohort for URMD – one targeted at sponsors and the other targeted at potential attendees. In both videos, students, speakers, sponsor representatives, and CRA Director of Programs Erik Russell share their experiences, the impact it has and the benefits it delivers to sponsors.
Over the past few years, in collaboration with ACM, CRA-W invited international observers to attend CRA-W’s Graduate Cohort Workshops, with the goal of creating similar events in their home countries. The representatives experienced first-hand how the event is structured and the impact it has on students. We are excited to share that this has resulted in several international versions of the Grad Cohort program based on the CRA-W model:
- Barcelona, Spain: October 18-19, 2018
- Cork, Ireland: February 1 and 8, 2019
- India: July 5-6, 2019 (now in its second year)
While each event is unique to the host country, all follow the two-day structure and give students the opportunity to learn from senior professionals. While CRA-W’s Grad Cohort is only open to graduate students in the US and Canada, these events give students around the world the chance to build communities of women in computing.
CRA-W is happy to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 ACSA/CRA-W Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) scholarship. SWSIS is a partnership of Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and CRA-W. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers in these fields. Its long-term goal is to contribute to increasing the representation of women in the information security workforce. ACSA founded the SWSIS scholarship program in 2011 and joined forces with CRA-W in 2014 to lead the selection process.
On March 22-23, CRA hosted the second annual Graduate Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities and Persons with Disabilities (URMD Grad Cohort) in picturesque Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. The location provided beautiful scenery as students spent two days learning how to succeed in graduate school and networked with a diverse group of peers and senior researchers.
In partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), CRA announces an initial launch of BPCnet.org, a resource portal designed to amplify the NSF CISE Directorate’s efforts in broadening participation in computing (BPC). CRA anticipates that BPCnet.org will provide a much-needed clearinghouse for the community to learn about and engage with ongoing projects to diversify computing.
Meredith Ringel Morris recently joined the CRA-W board of directors. Morris is a principal researcher and research manager at Microsoft Research; she is also an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. Morris leads Microsoft Research’s Ability team, which conducts research in HCI and AI with the goal of developing innovative technologies that extend the capabilities of and enhance quality of life for people with disabilities.