Supplements for BPC Plans


The following announcement is provided by the National Science Foundation.

PIs with active Medium and Large CISE Core programs awards funded in the last three years (specifically pursuant to solicitations NSF 20-59119-58918-56918-568, and 18-570) are invited to submit supplemental funding requests to engage more members of the CISE research community in significant BPC efforts as part of their projects’ BPC plans. These supplements will increase the participation of individuals underrepresented in the community participation in specific research areas. Supplemental funding requests for an existing BPC plan should either:

  1. extend the reach of current BPC activities that have some evidence of effectiveness to more participants or institutions; or
  2. coordinate and institutionalize BPC activities within a department or similar unit.

The supplemental funding request should also include the following information:

  1. objectives and strategies for the proposed activities along with a timeline;
  2. an evaluation and assessment plan that describes how to measure the outcomes of the proposed activities; and
  3. the results of past BPC activities on this project.

The current approved BPC plan must be uploaded as a Supplementary Document.

Supplemental funding requests must: (a) be less than 20% of the original award amount; and (b) not exceed $200,000. Supplements will not be given if they would require an extension beyond the expiration date of the original grant.

The deadline for submission is January 20, 2022.

BPC Demonstration Projects


The following announcement is provided by the National Science Foundation.

PIs with interest in piloting and evaluating programs to broaden participation in computing are encouraged to submit a BPC Demonstration Project (DP). Typical DPs pilot innovative programs that, once fully developed, could be incorporated into the activities of an existing or new BPC Alliance, or otherwise scaled up for widespread impact. Examples include projects proposed by a single institution or those that focus on a single underrepresented community, a single point in the academic pathway, or a single impediment to full participation in computing. Demonstration projects should contribute knowledge to our understanding of effective teaching and learning of computing for students from groups underrepresented in computing.

The deadline for submission is January 20, 2022.

Please refer to the CISE BPC solicitation (NSF 21-571) for more details. Send questions or concerns to cise-bpc@nsf.gov.

ACM Celebrates Recipients of the 2019 & 2020 ACM Athena Lecturer Award


ACM recently released a video highlighting the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 recipients of the ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

CRA-WP Board Member Ayanna Howard, Dean of The Ohio State University College of Engineering, is the 2020-2021 ACM Athena Lecturer. Howard is recognized 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.

The 2019-2020 ACM Athena Lecturer Award is presented to Sarit Kraus of Bar-Ilan University for foundational contributions to artificial intelligence, notably to multiagent systems, human-agent interaction, autonomous agents and nonmonotonic reasoning, and exemplary service and leadership in these fields.

The ACM Athena Lecturer Award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science. Each year ACM honors a preeminent woman computer scientist as the Athena Lecturer. The recipient gives an invited talk at a major ACM conference of her choice. The award includes a $25,000 honorarium provided by Two Sigma.

Nominations Open for 2022 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award: Due November 22


The CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award honors faculty members in computing who have made a significant impact on students they have mentored. It recognizes those who have provided exceptional mentorship and undergraduate research experiences and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of these students to research-focused graduate programs in computing.

Nominations are due Friday, November 22, 2021, by 5 PM (ET). Winners will be notified by early February 2022. Click here to view the 2021 award winners and here to view the FAQs.

CRA-E Graduate Fellows Program Accepting Nominations: Due January 5


The Computing Research Association Education Committee (CRA-E) is now accepting nominations for the CRA-E Graduate Fellows Program. The program opportunities for Ph.D. candidates in a computing field to contribute to CRA-E projects, to network with computer science education advocates on the committee, and to engage in advocacy for mentoring undergraduate students and promote computer science research and undergraduate education at the national level.

More information is available at  http://cra.org/crae/activities/fellows/. Nominations are due Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 5 PM EST.

CRA-WP Board Welcomes Two New Members: Jeanine Cook and Russ Joseph


CRA-WP has welcomed new members to its board of directors – Jeanine Cook and Russ Joseph.

Jeanine Cook is a principal member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the Scalable Architectures Department at the Computer Science Research Institute. She is a leading researcher in the fields of High-Performance Computing, performance characterization and modeling, hardware accelerator technologies, and large-scale system monitoring and data analytics.

Russ Joseph is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. His primary research interest is in computer architecture, focusing on the design and implementation of power-aware and reliability-aware computer systems.

Serving as a DARPA PM: A very long lever arm


The following is a blog post from Kathleen Fisher (Tufts University). Fisher is a former CRA-WP board member and currently serves on the CRA Board of Directors and the Computing Community Consortium Council.

Going to DARPA as a Program Manager (PM) is a great opportunity to make a difference by creating and managing a program much bigger in scope than what an individual faculty member can do at a university. Other PMs are talented and innovative thinkers who come from a broad range of backgrounds. Exposure to them and to the range of problems DARPA is reckoning with can be eye-opening. In the following paragraphs, I describe my experiences serving as a PM to convey a sense of what the job is like and why it might be an attractive career option.

Registration Open for First CRA-Industry Committee Virtual Roundtable: Corporate Responsibility and Computing Research


The CRA-Industry Committee is hosting a series of virtual roundtable meetings focused on issues of interest to our computing research industry partners. The first roundtable, “Corporate Responsibility and Computing Research” will be held on July 14, 2021 from 4:00-5:30 PM ET. In order to attend this event, please register here. Please forward this to your appropriate colleagues and encourage them to attend!