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 http://www.sighpc.org/fellowships. 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: https://2019.splashcon.org/track/splash-2019-PLMW. The final deadline for all applications will be midnight EDT on August 2, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by September 4, 2019

2019 Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant Accepting Proposals: Due March 31


By Meredith Ringel Morris, Principal Researcher & MSR Dissertation Grant Chair

Broadening participation in computing is a core part of Microsoft’s values; accordingly, we are excited to continue the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant that aims to recognize, support, and mentor diverse doctoral students as they complete their dissertation research in computing-related fields. This grant is open to doctoral students in their fourth year or beyond, studying computing topics at universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, who are underrepresented in the field of computing which include those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or people with disabilities. The program allows students to submit a grant proposal of up to $25,000 to support their dissertation research; grant recipients will also get to take part in a two-day career workshop at Microsoft Research Redmond this autumn. Grant proposals for 2019 are due on March 31.

You can read more about the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and find instructions to submit a grant proposal at http://aka.ms/Dissertation-Grant.

Feeling Like an Outsider in Computing? You Are Not Alone!


By Burçin Tamer, Director of CERP

According to the 2017 Data Buddies Survey, significantly higher percentages of students who are underrepresented in computing (29% and above) felt like an outsider in computing than majority men with no disabilities (17%). This lack of a sense of belonging was highest among the students with disabilities who are women or racial/ethnic minorities (45-46%).

Expanding the Pipeline: The Participation and Challenges of Community College Students in Undergraduate Research


By Melanie Williamson

Convention tells us that research involves a selection of topic, literature review, framework development, refining/defining your research question, developing a design, collecting data, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions, but at a community college the formality cannot always be used as a rule, but as a guideline for developing a realistic, learning opportunity. Community college participation in undergraduate research is an important part of education, but can easily fall by the wayside to address life challenges often faced by community college students. However, given the opportunity to participate, research can be a rewarding and valuable skill that should be afforded to more students.

Apply Today for the Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Program: February 15 Deadline


Are you a student interested in exploring research in computer science or faculty interested in being a research mentor?

Check out the CRA-W Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) program.

The DREU program matches students with faculty mentors for summer research experiences at the faculty mentor’s home institution. DREU interns are directly involved in a research project with graduate students and professors, and faculty mentors work with new students from other institutions. Applications are currently open for both students and mentors; apply by February 15, 2019.

CCC Launches the “Catalyzing Computing” Podcast


The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has launched the “Catalyzing Computing” podcast, which will focus on topics of interests within the computing research community. The podcast is hosted by CCC Program Associate Khari Douglas and will feature interviews with researchers and policy makers about their background and experiences in the computing community.

The first episode is out now! In this episode a CCC Council Member talks about growing up in India, his grad school trajectory, career choices, and his current research interest in algorithmic fairness.

You can stream or download the podcast on Soundcloud now.

Jennifer Rexford and Westley Weimer Receive the 2019 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award


The Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) is proud to announce two recipients of the 2019 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award: Jennifer Rexford from Princeton University and Westley Weimer from the University of Michigan. These outstanding individuals are being recognized for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of their students to research-focused graduate programs in computing.

2019 NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop: Register by March 4


By Thyagarajan Nandagopal, NSF

The NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) will host a one-day workshop on CAREER Proposal Writing on April 8, 2019. The goal of this workshop is to introduce junior CAREER-eligible faculty to the NSF CAREER program and help them to prepare their CAREER proposals to target CISE programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to improve their skills in proposal writing, as well as to interact with NSF program directors from different CISE divisions (CCF, CNS, IIS and OAC) and recent NSF CAREER awardees. The workshop is also open to multidisciplinary researchers with a CISE-specific focus, including cyber-infrastructure. In order to attend this event, registration is required on or before March 4, 2019.