A Broader Case for Diversity and Inclusion: CRA-Women Transitioning to CRA-Widening Participation


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.

Expanding the Pipeline: The Second Annual CRA Grad Cohort for URMD Supports a Diverse Computing Research Community


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.

Breaking Another Glass Ceiling: Susan Eggers Receives 2018 ACM-IEEE-CS Eckert-Mauchly Award


Susan Eggers recently received the 2018 ACM-IEEE-CS Eckert-Mauchly Award, “for outstanding contributions to simultaneous multithreaded processor architectures and multiprocessor sharing and coherency.” This is a significant milestone in computer architecture because she is the first woman to receive the award in its 39-year history.

Eggars accepted the award at the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) and delivered a moving acceptance speech. She has also inspired several women to stay in the field and served as a mentor at many CRA-W Career Mentoring Workshops.

Balancing Workload and How to Say No


By Gail C. Murphy, Joanne M. Atlee Being a female professor in computing is a great career, full of opportunities to teach others the power of computation and conduct research into computational solutions that attack some of the world’s hardest problems and shape the world of the future. For female faculty members, additional opportunities abound […]

CRA-W Distinguished Lecturers, Margaret Burnett and Rebecca Wright, Inspire Students at NJWIC


CRA-W Distinguished Lecture Series sent two speakers to the NJ Women In Computing celebration. Dr. Margaret Burnett and Dr. Rebecca Wright were a tremendous asset to the NJ Women In Computing celebration and NCWIT award ceremony. They presented awards to female high school and college students who have demonstrated great potential in computing.  Their talks […]

CRA-W Distinguished Lecturers attend WiCyS 2018


Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) hosted their fifth annual Women in Cybersecurity event on March 23 through March 24 at the Hilton Downtown Chicago with pre-conference activities on March 22. WiCyS continues to innovatively expand its mission to bring together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry. WiCyS is designed to be a forum for […]

CRA-W’s Distinguished Lecture Series Sends ACM Distinguished Speaker Qi Han to TRIWiC


By Alisa Neeman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Muskingum University 211 participants gathered February 9-10 in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the Tri-State Women in Computing Conference (TRIWiC 2018). The conference hosted three plenary speakers: Liz Mundy, the New York Times best selling author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of American Women Code Breakers of World War […]