Are you a graduate student in computing-related studies, interested in interacting with successful women 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 the next CRA-WP Grad Cohort Workshop!
At the Grad Cohort for Women, you will spend two days interacting with about 20 senior female computing-related researchers and professionals, who will share pertinent information on graduate school survival skills, as well as more personal information and insights about their experiences. The workshop will include a mix of formal presentations and informal discussions and social events. By attending Grad Cohort you will be able to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks that will form the basis for ongoing activities during your graduate career and beyond.
The CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Women, initiated in 2004, is generously funded by sponsors from industry, academia, the National Science Foundation, and the computing community. Grad Cohort aims to increase the ranks of senior women in computing-related studies and research by building and mentoring nationwide communities of women through their graduate studies.
Check out our past Grad Cohort Workshops:
This is an NSF funded program. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (1840724). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Women students in their first, second or third year of graduate school in computer science and engineering or a closely related field, who are attending an institution in the U.S. or its territories, or an institution in Canada. Students that have not previously attended a Grad Cohort Workshop will be given priority.
If there are extenuating circumstances for applying beyond the timeframe listed in the eligibility requirements, please make sure you address this in the application. Extenuating Circumstances beyond an applicant’s control include, but are not limited to:
- Documented medical condition or serious illness
- Documented learning disability
- Death of a family member or friend
- Involuntary call to active military duty
- Maternity/family leave
Apply today by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button above.
Deadline: November 15, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.
We do our best to include as many universities as possible with the goal of the most widespread dissemination. The intent is that the students who attend should be able to share their experiences with their colleagues in their home institutions when they return. We also give priority to students who have not attended Grad Cohort for Women before.
Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed by CRA-WP through funds generously provided by our Grad Cohort sponsors.
Contact us about Grad Cohort program inquiries.
What information is needed in the application?
Information about your current graduate student status and institution is required. We also request information about your demographics.
How are the participants selected?
We do our best to include as many universities as possible with the goal of the most widespread dissemination. The intent is that the students who attend should be able to share their experiences with their colleagues in their home institutions when they return. We also give priority to students who have not attended Grad Cohort before.
When will I learn the status of my application?
Invitations to Grad Cohort are distributed in waves throughout January and early February of the year of the workshop. We thank you for your patience as we work though the process of extending invitations. Please do not ask the status of your application before late February of the year of the workshop and please check your spam folder before sending email.
What do I need to do in order to get reimbursed for my flight/travel expenses?
Please save all your receipts, as you will need to submit those with your reimbursement request after the workshop.
What is the Grad Cohort Code of Conduct?
The Grad Cohort Code of Conduct is a policy that attendees agree to when accepting their Grad Cohort Invitation. The Code of Conduct policy is an agreement between participants and CRA-W that certain values and behaviors will be upheld throughout the conference. To read the Grad Cohort Code of Conduct, please click here.
How do I get a full reimbursement on my flight?
CRA fully reimburses the cost of reasonable airfare after the workshop. Please save all your receipts, as you will need those when submitting your reimbursement request after the workshop.
I will be traveling from a location other than my institution to attend Grad Cohort, how much of my travel costs will be reimbursed?
What is meant by “Your reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed”?
Everyone’s circumstances are different. Typically airfare ranges from $200-$500 round-trip. If your airfare is over that, please contact us with details for approval.
How many hotel nights will CRA reserve for Grad Cohort attendees?
Generally, participants will receive accommodations for 2 nights (i.e., Thursday and Friday night). If you are unable to arrive home at a reasonable hour and would like to be considered for an extra night please contact us.
CRA will reserve and directly pay for rooms for Grad Cohort attendees based on the travel dates you will submit via the registration link provided with your invitation.
Can I share my hotel room with a non-participant (e.g., husband or friend) if I cover half of the cost of the room?
Rooms at the workshop hotel for participants are tight, so we do not allow participants to pay for the other half of the room for a non-participant. In addition, participants will be very busy during the whole workshop and should be networking with the other participants. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact us.
Can I extend my stay past the provided hotel nights? Can I still get reimbursed for my flight?
It is fine if you decide to extend your visit at the workshop location as long as you cover any of the additional expenses yourself. If you decide to extend your stay, you will need to book a separate reservation at a hotel for the nights that are not covered by the Grad Cohort Workshop. If the extension increases your airfare, you will not be reimbursed for the additional amount.
When you submit your expenses, please include a comparable quote showing what the fare would have been if you had not extended your stay, as well as your actual airfare receipt. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact us.
Will disability related accommodations be available at the workshop and how can they be requested?
Yes, CRA-WP will accommodate disability related requests. Please contact us to request accommodations.
Can I use flight-booking websites (i.e. Kayak) to make my travel arrangements?
It is acceptable to utilize Kayak or other similar websites to book your airfare. Please save all receipts, as you will need those when you submit your reimbursement request after the workshop.
Does Grad Cohort provide child daycare?
The Grad Cohort Workshop does offer support for a participant’s workshop-related daycare needs. Please contact us to see what options are available.
If I missed the deadline for the Grad Cohort application this year, is there any other way I can attend this year?
What should I do if I am an international student and need documentation for my visa and traveling to the United States?
Please contact us explaining your exact situation and what type of documentation you will need for the embassy. We are more than happy to write an official letter of invitation for you.
What size does my poster need to be for the Poster Session at Grad Cohort?
Your poster size should be no larger than 36″ x 48″(horizontal or vertical orientation). We highly recommend printing your poster using a fabric poster. We will provide a poster stand, you will be sharing this poster stand with one other participant. You will need to print and bring your poster to the workshop. All poster printing is reimbursable, save all receipts.
Do you have any guidelines for creating a poster?
Yes, we do have guidelines for creating your poster:
- Your poster size should be no larger than 36″ x 48″ (You may choose to print the poster vertically or horizontally, but the size can not be larger than 36″ x 48″).
- We recommend printing your poster using a fabric poster.
- A poster stand will be provided, you will be sharing this poster stand with one other participant.
- You can find more guidelines by going to Poster Guidelines (Note: The following guide is a suggestion, you should feel free to modify).
- Poster printing is reimbursable.
What should I do if I arrive really late (after midnight) to the hotel?
Please contact the hotel directly and let them know you will be late. Hotel rooms are moved backed into their inventory if you have not checked in by 12:01 AM.
Is my registration fee reimbursable?
The registration fee is reimbursable only after you attend and successfully complete the Grad Cohort for Women workshop.
|Session Title||Chicago, IL||San Francisco, CA||Washington, DC||San Diego, CA|
|Academia vs. Industry Research Positions||2019||2018||2017||–|
|Balancing Graduate School and Personal Life||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Building Your Professional Persona||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Entrepreneurial Opportunities & Skills||2019||2018||2017||–|
|Financing Your Graduate Education||–||–||2017||2016|
|Finding a Research Topic||2019||2018||2017||–|
|Finding an Advisor and Developing an Effective Working Relationship with them||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|M.S. Career Opportunities and Job Search||–||2018||2017||–|
|Master’s vs. Ph.D.||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Perspectives From Grad Cohort Alums||2019||2018||–||–|
|Ph.D. Academic Career Paths and Job Search||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Ph.D. Non-Academic Career Paths and Job Search||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Preparing Your Thesis Proposal and Becoming a PhD Candidate||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Presentation and Other Verbal Communication Skills||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Publishing Your Research||2019||2018||2017||2016|
|Strategies for Human-Human Interaction||2019||2018||2017||2016|
We are currently accepting sponsorship for the 2020 CRA-WP Grad Cohort Workshops. We welcome sponsorship at any level and would be happy to provide recognition in all printed and web materials.
Access to the CRA-WP Graduating Class Directory
|Sponsorship Level||Directory Access|
Access to the 2019 Grad Cohort Database
|Sponsorship Level||Database Access|