Former CRA-W Co-chair Tracy Camp Named Computing Research Association Executive Director

Nationally Known Computer Scientist and Diversity Advocate to Lead CRA’s Next Chapter
The Computing Research Association recently announced Dr. Tracy Camp will become the organization’s fourth Executive Director in its 50 year history. Camp is the former Department Head of Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines. She brings to the role strong experience as a leader in the computing research community at the national level, a history spearheading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in computing, and a detailed vision for leading the organization into the future.

Camp has previous experience with CRA having served for many years in various volunteer capacities. She is a current board member of the CRA Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research, where she served as co-chair from 2011 to 2014. Camp was also an influential member of the CRA Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016. She led the committee that produced the 2017 report Generation CS: CS Undergraduate Enrollments Surge Since 2006.

Camp will be the first woman to serve as Executive Director at CRA. She will assume the role on July 1, 2022.

Nominations Open for the 2022 CRA-WP Early Career Awards: Due February 15

CRA-WP welcomes your nominations for the Early Career Awards honoring Anita Borg and Clarence “Skip” Ellis:

Anita Borg Early Career Award  (BECA)
The Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA) is named in honor of 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. The annual award is given to a woman in computer science and/or engineering who has made significant research contributions in computer science and/or engineering and has also contributed to the profession, especially in outreach to women.

Skip Ellis Early Career Award (SEECA)
The Skip Ellis Early Career Award is in honor of Clarence “Skip” Ellis; he 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. SEECA aims to recognize early-career individuals underrepresented in computing research that best exemplify the pioneering spirit of Skip Ellis.  The leadership and trailblazing of Prof. Ellis and his cohort established the foundation for future generations of pioneers in computing.  Prof. Ellis and his generation valued both excellence in scholarship and cultivation of equal opportunity in service to the profession, the nation, and the lived experience of those underrepresented.  Skip Ellis awardees are expected to be rising stars in their field of research and broadening participation in computing. This annual 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 underrepresented demographics.

Learn more about the awards and the nomination process:
Nominations are due February 15, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET.

CRA-E Webinar Available: The Ph.D. in CS – Getting There and Being Successful

Members of the CRA-Education Committee hosted a webinar titled “The Ph.D. in CS: Getting There and Being Successful.” The webinar is designed to help undergraduates evaluate whether a Ph.D. program is right for them, and how to determine which program is a great fit.
The webinar recording and slides are at the links below:

CRA-WP 2022 Graduate Cohort Workshops – Applications Due November 15

We will host two Grad Cohort workshops in 2022. Grad Cohort participants will have an opportunity to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks intended to form the basis for ongoing activities during their graduate career and beyond.

Grad Cohort Workshop for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leadership Skills (GC-IDEALS) is designed specifically for graduate school populations underrepresented in computing research.

Grad Cohort for Women

Applications accepted October 1 – November 15.

CRA-WP 2022 Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU) – Applications Due February 15

The CRA-WP Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) program matches students with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor’s home institution. We invite applications from both undergraduate students interested in exploring research in computer science and faculty members interested in being a research mentor.

DREU interns will 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.

Application Link:

Application Period: October 15 – February 15

Learn More: Hear from previous attendees:

Taulbee, Talent, and Trends: CRA Session at Upcoming DOE ASCAC Meeting

By CERP Staff

The Computing Research Association (CRA) will be represented by CRA staff (Betsy Bizot, Erik Russell, and Burçin Tamer) and CRA-WP Co-Chairs (Sandhya Dwarkadas and Amanda Stent) during the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) meeting. In their session entitled “Taulbee, Talent, and Trends”, the CRA team will be discussing trends in the computing research pipeline over time, the ways in which CRA supports that pipeline, and how CRA collects data to track that progression. You can catch “Taulbee, Talent, and Trends” from 1:00-1:45 PM ET this Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Click here to view the full agenda for the meeting held from September 29-30. The full meeting information, including the Zoom link, can be found here.

CRA-WP Welcomes Amanda Stent as its Newest Co-Chair

CRA-WP welcomes Amanda Stent as its newest co-chair, serving a 2-year term. She joins Sandhya Dwarkadas and replaces Andrea Danyluk, who has retired from the CRA-WP Board.

Stent was recently named the inaugural director of the Colby College Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence. She previously held positions as the NLP Architect in the Chief Technology Office at Bloomberg, Director of Research and Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo, as Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs — Research, and as Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Rochester, has authored or co-authored over 100 papers on natural language processing, and is co-inventor on over 30 patents. Stent is one of the inaugural editors-in-chief of ACL Rolling Review, a board member of CRA-WP and an ABET program evaluator. She also currently serves on the National Academies Committee studying Responsible Computing Research.

CRA-WP would like to thank Andrea Danyluk for contributions during her service on the board since 2008, serving as co-chair from 2019-2021.

Save the Date: 2022 Grad Cohort Workshops Dates & Locations

We are excited to announce the official dates and locations for our 2022 CRA-WP Grad Cohort Workshops! Save the dates, and look out for applications beginning October 1st.

Are you a graduate student in computing-related studies, interested in interacting with successful individuals in your field who can give you advice on topics such as how to find and develop your research topic, how to prepare for your career after graduate school, and how to balance work and life?

If so, please join us at one of the CRA-WP Grad Cohorts!

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