Nadia Heninger Receives 2019 Borg Early Career Award

CRA-W is pleased to announce Nadia Heninger is the recipient of the 2019 Borg Early Career Award (BECA).

The Borg Early Career Award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W, 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 and who has contributed to her profession, especially in the outreach to women.

Nadia received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in May 2011. She began her academic career at the University of Pennsylvania and is now at UC San Diego. Her research is in cryptography and systems security. Her outreach includes working with girl scouts, being a speaker at the 2016 Grace Hopper Conference, participating in and helping organize GREPSEC, an NSF workshop for women and under-represented groups interested in computer security research, and organizing research sessions in workshops for undergraduate women in cybersecurity.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination for this year and we hope to see many more in the next cycle.

Expanding the Pipeline: 2019 CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women Strengthens Community of Women in Computing

On April 12-13, CRA-W hosted the 2019 Graduate Cohort for Women (CRA-W Grad Cohort) at the historic Chicago Hilton. The location provided elegance and grandeur as students spent two days in sessions tailored for their graduate student experience, based on their year in the program. Workshop participants had access to other participants, speakers, and the program through the CrowdCompass AttendeeHub mobile app, plus many opportunities to network with peers and senior researchers. They also had opportunities to meet and talk to potential employers during the workshop.

Nominations Open for CRA’s CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute: June 14 Deadline

Every two years as part of it’s mission to develop the next generation of leaders in the computing research community, CRA’s Computing Community Consortium, in partnership with CRA’s Government Affairs Committee, holds the Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI) workshop, intended to educate computing researchers on how science policy in the U.S. is formulated and how our government works. We’re seeking nominations for participants for this year’s workshop, scheduled for November 21-22, 2019, in Washington, DC.

Apply for Rising Stars Workshop Academic Career Workshop for Women: Deadline June 15

This fall, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host Rising Stars, an academic career workshop for women in EECS. At this workshop, female graduate students and postdocs who are interested in faculty careers will learn how to navigate academic life while meeting new mentors and peers. This year’s event, to be held in Urbana, IL during Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2019, will bring together more than 60 top young women in EECS for two days of research presentations, poster sessions, and candid discussions about navigating academic life.

Register for CRA-E Academic Careers Workshop at FCRC: Financial Aid Priority Deadline May 15

The CRA Education Committee, with support from Google, is organizing an Academic Careers Workshop at FCRC 2019. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 25 from 12:30-6:30 PM. The sessions of the workshop will focus on the responsibilities, benefits, challenges, and opportunities of the different career paths as well as on teaching focused positions, including information on what’s needed to be a competitive candidate. Please register for the workshop through the FCRC registration page. We are now accepting applications for financial support to attend the workshop! Click here for more information and a tentative agenda.

CRA-W Board Member Accomplishments

Congratulations to the following CRA-W board members for their excellent achievements in computing.

Nancy Amato received the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in RA.
“For exceptional leadership in service of RAS conferences, publications, and membership, as well as mentorship of RAS volunteers”

Rebecca Wright received the SIGACT Distinguished Service Award
“ACM SIGACT presents its 2019 Distinguished Service Award to Rebecca Wright for her 11-year leadership of DIMACS, particularly in continuing and expanding the research and educational missions of DIMACS, for promoting diversity in computer science, and for using her expertise in privacy and security to help shape public policy on a national level.”

Holly Rushmeier received a named professorship at Yale University
“The John C. Malone Professor of Computer Science”

Susan Rodger is the 2019 recipient of the IEEE CS Taylor Booth Award
“for leadership in undergraduate and K-12 computer-science education, and for broadening participation of women in computing.” 

Graduate Diversity Fellowships in Computational and Data Science: Nominations Close April 30

Submissions opened March 15 for the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships. The fellowships were created to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field. The program will support students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world.

Find more information and details of the nomination process, at Nominations close April 30.

SPLASH 2019 PL & SE Mentoring Workshop: Application Deadline August 2

The SPLASH 2019 Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop encourages graduate students (PhD and MSc) and senior undergraduate students to pursue research in programming languages. This workshop will provide mentoring sessions on how to prepare for and thrive in graduate school and in a research career, focusing both on cutting-edge research topics and practical advice, such as a panel of Ph.D. students discussing topics like “What I wish I had known before attending graduate school.” The workshop brings together leading researchers and junior students in an inclusive environment in order to help welcome newcomers to our field of programming languages research. The workshop will show students the many paths that they might take to enter and contribute to our research community.

The workshop program will focus on important skills for beginning researchers and will offer mentoring opportunities with senior researchers attending the conference.

Applicants from groups underrepresented in computing are especially welcome.

A limited amount of travel funding is available to support some student participants. Application instructions are available here: The final deadline for all applications will be midnight EDT on August 2, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by September 4, 2019