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CRA-WP Announces Inaugural Skip Ellis Early Career Award – Nominations Open December 16


CRA-WP is pleased to announce its newest award, the Skip Ellis Early Career Award, which will recognize outstanding scientists and engineers with exceptional potential for leadership in computing. The award joins the Borg Early Career Award for Women in advancing excellence and equal opportunity in computing research. Beginning December 16, we invite your nominations for the inaugural Skip Ellis Early Career Award.

This annual award honors the late Clarence “Skip” Ellis who was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and the first African-American to be elected a Fellow of the ACM. Among his many contributions to computing, he is most well-known for his pioneering work in groupware and CSCW systems.  His accomplishments include leading the development of OfficeTalk, the first office system to use icons and Ethernet to allow people to collaborate from a distance.

The Skip Ellis Early Career Award is given to a person who identifies as a member of a group underrepresented in computing (African-American, Latinx, Native American/First Peoples, and/or People with Disabilities), who has made significant research contributions in computer science and/or engineering and has also contributed to the profession, especially in outreach to under-represented demographics. The award recognizes individuals in academia and industrial/government labs who combine excellence in their research accomplishments with a positive and significant impact advancing equal opportunity in the computing research community.  This award is focused on underrepresented researchers that are relatively early in their careers (at most 8 years post-PhD).   

Nominations for the inaugural Skip Ellis Early Career Award will open on December 16, 2019. Detailed information about the award and nomination submission can be found on the Skip Ellis Early Career Award website.

Nominations Open December 16: Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA)


The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-WP, and is inspired by her commitment to increasing the participation of women in computing research.

Nominations for the Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA) will open on December 16, 2019. Detailed information about the award and nomination submission can be found on the  Anita Borg Early Career Award (BECA) website.

Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates: Catching up with DREU Alumna Olivia Figueira


When did you participate in DREU and what was your project about?
I participated in a DREU program in the summer of 2019 at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. I worked with Dr. Jennifer Mankoff in her Make4All lab on a project aimed at finding the contribution of correlated stressors on mental health in college students.

How did DREU shape your research career?
DREU has shaped my research career in that it was my first official research experience and I really enjoyed it! I have had the goal of going to graduate school for a while, but I did not have any research experience off which I could base that goal. But after DREU, I feel even more excited and passionate to go to graduate school than ever before. It gave me a very unique view of the graduate school experience since I worked closely with a doctoral student in the lab, and I learned so much about conducting research at the graduate level. DREU allowed me to picture what graduate school could look like for me, and I am really excited about that prospect.

What advice would you have for DREU mentors and DREU student participants?
The best piece of advice I received during my DREU program was during a meet-and-greet lunch for undergraduate interns, graduate students, and visiting research interns in the computer science and engineering school that was held in my first week at UW. The graduate students were participating in a panel, and one of them, in response to the question “What do you wish you had known before you started your Ph.D.?”, said that they wished they knew that it was okay to not have all the answers and to ask questions, especially questions that they think are “dumb.” This really resonated with me as I felt somewhat unprepared having had no prior research experience, but I embraced that piece of advice and asked questions immediately when I had doubts, even if I felt like they were “dumb” questions, because clearly no one there is “dumb”! It really enhanced my experience since I was able to understand the project better and learn more from my mentor and the other students on my team. On the mentor side of things, I would advise them to tell their DREU students this advice! It helps the DREU student feel like they are in a safe environment and that learning (and making mistakes) is okay. This enhanced my DREU experience, and I hope other DREU students and mentors do the same!

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Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates: Catching up with DREU Alumna Sarah Ita Levitan


When did you participate in DREU and what was your project about?
I participated in DREU in the summer of 2012, before my senior year of college.  I worked at the Columbia Speech Lab under the guidance of Dr. Julia Hirschberg. My project involved studying entrainment patterns in US Supreme Court oral arguments.  Entrainment is the phenomenon where people tend to become similar to their dialogue partner in conversation by adopting characteristics of their partner’s speech.  I worked on cleaning noisy Supreme Court audio recordings and measuring and analyzing entrainment on acoustic-prosodic features (such as pitch and loudness) between lawyers and justices.  We found that lawyers entrained more than justices, supporting the theory that the less dominant speaker is more likely to entrain to the more dominant speaker. 

How did DREU shape your research career?
My DREU experience had a major impact on my career path. Spending a summer immersed in research in a large university lab, surrounded by people working on exciting projects in natural language and speech processing, solidified my interest in getting a PhD in computer science and pursuing a research career.  I returned to the Speech Lab the following summer, and ultimately joined the Speech Lab at Columbia as a PhD student, with my DREU mentor as my PhD advisor.  I feel privileged to have had such a wise and dedicated advisor, whose enthusiasm for research is contagious, and whose commitment to helping her students is extraordinary. She is passionate about encouraging women in CS and continues to mentor DREU students during the summer. Under her guidance, I have mentored some excellent DREU students. 

What advice would you have for DREU mentors and DREU student participants?
The DREU program is more than an internship where a student completes a research project — it should be a mentoring relationship as well. For mentors, it is important to take the time to get to know your DREU student.  Meetings should not just be about the project details — ask your student about their plans for after graduation and offer  guidance and support.  For students, take advantage of this rare opportunity to be  mentored.  Communicate as much as possible with your mentor, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need help.  And enjoy the experience — it will fly by!

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CRA-WP Co-Chair Andrea Danyluk Named Distinguished Member of ACM


Recently, ACM named 62 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field. Several from the CRA-WP community were recognized for outstanding educational contributions to computing, including CRA Board Member and CRA-WP Co-Chair Andrea Danyluk. Congratulations to all!

Valerie B. Barr
Mount Holyoke College

Andrea Danyluk
Williams College

Manuel A. Pérez Quiñones
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

Jodi L. Tims
Northeastern University

Danyluk became CRA-WP Co-Chair in October 2019, replacing Julia Hirschberg. She is the Mary A. and William Wirt Warren Professor of Computer Science at Williams College. She is a member of the ACM Education Board, the ACM Education Advisory Committee, and is co-chair of the ACM Data Science Task Force. She joined the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) in 2008. She is the co-chair of CRA-WP.

Check out the Latest Videos on the Grad Cohort Experience


At the 2019 Grad Cohort for Women Workshop, more than 400 graduate students spent two days building both professional and support networks, while also attending sessions on how to succeed in graduate school. In three new videos, students, speakers, and sponsor representatives share their thoughts on the program’s impact.
Interested in applying to the workshop? Share these videos with potential attendees:

Participants find the workshop provides a welcoming environment which creates a sense of belonging. At Grad Cohort, attendees build confidence and connect with others going through similar experiences. The applications for both workshops are now open.

Interested in sponsorship? Check out the video on sponsorship of both workshops.

Deadline November 15 for Graduate Cohort Workshops 2020


CRA-WP will host two Graduate Cohort Workshops in 2020. The Grad Cohort Workshop for URMD is designed specifically for underrepresented minorities in computing and persons with disabilities in graduate school in computing fields. The Grad Cohort Workshop for Women is designed for women students in their first, second, or third year of graduate school in computing fields. The workshops will include a mix of formal presentations, informal discussions and social events. By attending Grad Cohort, participants will be able to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks that are intended to form the basis for ongoing activities during their graduate career and beyond. Both applications are now open and will close on November 15.

Deadline January 15: Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates


DREU interns have the opportunity to be directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for those who are considering graduate school; DREU will provide a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and increase interns’ competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships. Faculty mentors will have the opportunity to work on their research project with new students from other institutions and to mentor future graduate students. Note: There is a new application site for fall 2019.

CRA-WP Co-chair Margaret Martonosi Selected to Run NSF CISE


National Science Foundation Director France Córdova today named former CRA board member, current CRA-WP co-Chair, and current Princeton Computer Science professor Margaret Martonosi as the next head of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate at NSF. Martonosi will assume the role of Assistant Director, CISE on February 1, 2020. 

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.

Learn More About Grad Cohort URMD: Check Out Our Latest Videos


CRA recently published two videos on the 2019 Grad Cohort for URMD – one targeted at sponsors and the other targeted at potential attendees. In both videos, students, speakers, sponsor representatives, and CRA Director of Programs Erik Russell share their experiences, the impact it has and the benefits it delivers to sponsors.

Grad Cohort Workshop Replicated Internationally


Over the past few years, in collaboration with ACM, CRA-W invited international observers to attend CRA-W’s Graduate Cohort Workshops, with the goal of creating similar events in their home countries. The representatives experienced first-hand how the event is structured and the impact it has on students. We are excited to share that this has resulted in several international versions of the Grad Cohort program based on the CRA-W model:

While each event is unique to the host country, all follow the two-day structure and give students the opportunity to learn from senior professionals. While CRA-W’s Grad Cohort is only open to graduate students in the US and Canada, these events give students around the world the chance to build communities of women in computing.

2019-2020 ACSA/CRA-W Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security Scholars Announced


CRA-W is happy to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 ACSA/CRA-W Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) scholarship. SWSIS is a partnership of Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and CRA-W. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers in these fields. Its long-term goal is to contribute to increasing the representation of women in the information security workforce.  ACSA founded the SWSIS scholarship program in 2011 and joined forces with CRA-W in 2014 to lead the selection process.

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.

CRA Launches BPCnet.org: A Resource Portal for Broadening Participation in Computing Efforts


In partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), CRA announces an initial launch of BPCnet.org, a resource portal designed to amplify the NSF CISE Directorate’s efforts in broadening participation in computing (BPC). CRA anticipates that BPCnet.org will provide a much-needed clearinghouse for the community to learn about and engage with ongoing projects to diversify computing.

CRA-W Welcomes New Board Member Meredith Ringel Morris


Meredith Ringel Morris recently joined the CRA-W board of directors. Morris is a principal researcher and research manager at Microsoft Research; she is also an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. Morris leads Microsoft Research’s Ability team, which conducts research in HCI and AI with the goal of developing innovative technologies that extend the capabilities of and enhance quality of life for people with disabilities.

CRA-W Board Member Maria Gini Receives 2019 CRA A. Nico Habermann Award


CRA recently selected CRA-W board member Maria Gini as the recipient of the 2019 A. Nico Habermann Award. The award is given to a person who has made outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented members in the computing research community.

She is deeply committed to diversity and possesses the combination of generous spirit, organizational skill, and boundless energy to carry out that commitment. Gini has created and run programs for women and minority men high school students, and co-directed the CRA-W Distributed REU (DREU) program for many years. She currently co-directs CRA-W’s Grad Cohort for Women program, and regularly organizes and mentoring programs at AI and robotics conferences.

Gini has had a tremendous, positive impact on countless individuals as well as on the computer science community. Her efforts in these programs have directly resulted in hundreds of students choosing to pursue research careers.

Applications Open for the 2019 CRA-W Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Research Scholars Program: Due April 5


Applications are now open for the 2019 CRA-W Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Research Scholars Program. This program provides guidance to undergraduate women on how to navigate the vast offerings at the GHC conference and opportunities to meet and interact with students and mentors with similar interests in small-group settings. The program will include gatherings on the first and last days of the conference, as well as research-focused activities that all Research Scholars will be required to attend. To learn more, visit the CRA-W GHC Research Scholars Program webpage.

The application deadline is April 5, 2019. Click here to submit an application.

Nature Article Shares How Some Men are Challenging Gender Inequity in Science


Nature recently published an article called, “How Some Men are Challenging Gender Inequity in the Lab: Offering support to female colleagues can trigger a culture change that makes science and engineering more equitable for all.” The article begins with comments from Juan Gilbert, chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. Gilbert urges others to call out the realities of bias. He encourages individuals to address negative behaviors and actively seek diverse applicant pools in faculty search committees. Gilbert has mentored numerous students in CRA-W programs and received CRA’s A. Nico Habermann Award last year.

Click here to read the full article.

2019 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Winners


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This year’s nominees are a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several are authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others have made presentations at major conferences, and some have produced software artifacts that are in widespread use.

CRA gratefully acknowledges the support of Microsoft Research and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs which sponsor the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award program in alternate years. Microsoft Research is the sponsor of this year’s award.

Finishing Your PhD or Postdoc? Submit Your CV for Academic and Industrial/Government Laboratory Positions


CRA encourages postdocs and finishing PhD students looking for academic or industrial/government laboratory research positions to post their applications in this new service before the academic recruiting season begins. Candidates for these positions can upload their resumes, research and teaching statements, job objectives and other preferences, and a link to a presentation video. Recruiting officers with access are able to search this information and are encouraged to contact candidates.

CACM Blog Post: Broadening Participation in Computing is Easier Than You Think


By Mary Hall, Richard Ladner, Diane Levitt, and Manuel Pérez-Quiñones

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently introduced new requirements for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate programs, whereby some funded projects must include a Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Plan. To facilitate this transition, the Computing Research Association (CRA) is launching a resource portal called BPCnet which is being funded by NSF to connect organizations that provide BPC programs with computing departments and NSF grant proposers. These changes reflect a recognition that any significant impact on the diversity of the field will benefit greatly from engaging the entire academic computing research community. Many universities will respond by expanding their broadening participation efforts to include students from groups who are underrepresented in computing, including women, underrepresented minorities, and students with disabilities (URMD). This article lists 10 small steps that departments can do toward this goal.   

CRA-W Board Member Named 2018 ACM Fellow


The ACM recently named 56 of its members as ACM Fellows for transformative contributions and advancing technology in the digital age. The Fellows were honored for significant contributions in areas including computer architecture, mobile networks, robotics, and systems security. CRA-W Board Member Sandhya Dwarkadas was among those honored “For contributions to shared memory and reconfigurability.”

Forbes America’s Top 50 Women in Tech List


Ayanna Howard and Maria Klawe were recently recognized on Forbes America’s Top 50 Women in Tech List. The Top 50 Women In Tech is an unranked assessment of technologists in five categories: Moguls, Founders, Innovators, Engineers and Warriors. The list showcases the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial women who are changing the world.

Ayanna Howard is a CRA and CRA-W Board Member from Georgia Tech. Maria Klawe is a former CRA Board Member and a CRA-W Founder from Harvey Mudd College.

View the full list at: https://www.forbes.com/top-tech-women-america/list/.

Register for the Next Virtual Undergrad Town Hall: Optimizing in a Strategic World – An Invitation to Algorithmic Game Theory on November 15


Speaker: Anna Karlin

Research Presentation: Optimizing in a Strategic World: An Invitation to Algorithmic Game Theory
The boundary between computer science, game theory and economics is teeming with activity. One of the most exciting topics at this intersection is “incentive engineering”: the design of protocols so that rational participants, motivated solely by their self-interest, will end up achieving the designer’s goal. In other words: algorithm design with incentives.

Mentor Presentation: What Does a Good Grad School Application Look Like?
Anna Karlin’s talk will include tips on how to write your essay and how to get great recommendations.

Post-Discussion Chat: Join Anna Karlin & Sheila Castaneda for a chat to continue the discussion about finding your place, meet fellow students, and share your experiences.

Join us November 15th at 5:00pm ET

New Resource Available: CRA-W Resources on Sexual Harassment


Members of the CRA-W Board of Directors have curated a page of resources concerning sexual harassment. The purpose of this resource is to inform our community about resources, policies and best practices related to the handling of sexual harassment and sexual violence. There is information on reporting sexual harassment (Title IX), highlights from the National Academies report, advice for conference organizers, computer science community responses, best practices for bystanders and more.

Feel free to share this resource with others.

Applications Open for 2019 CRA URMD Grad Cohort Workshop: November 15 Deadline


Are you?

• An underrepresented minority and/or a person with a disability who is in graduate school studying computer science or computer engineering
• Interested in interacting with successful leaders 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 grad school
– How to overcome cultural barriers that make pursuing an advanced degree in computing more challenging

Apply to attend the 2019 CRA URMD Grad Cohort at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii on March 22-23, 2019!

Participants Reflect on the 2018 CRA URMD Grad Cohort in Short Video


Listen to what participants have to say about the inaugural CRA Graduate Cohort for Underrepresented Minorities and Persons with Disabilities (URMD Grad Cohort) in this recently released video.

The upcoming CRA URMD Grad Cohort will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii on March 22-23, 2019. In addition, next year’s CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women will be held at the Hilton Chicago on April 12-13, 2019.

Both applications will open in early October.

CRA-W at ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing: September 19-22


The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities. If you’re attending the event, come visit the CRA-W booth in the exhibit hall. Additionally, CRA-W Board Member Ayanna Howard has been honored with the 2018 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing and will receive the award at Tapia.

Check Out Our Next DSW: SIAM CSE19 Broader Engagement Program – February 25-March 1, 2019


CRA-W is proud to sponsor the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2019 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE19) conference Broader Engagement (BE) program hosted in Spokane Washington via the Discipline Specific Workshops (DSW) program. Through the SIAM community and activities we aim to assist in providing a rich scientific program, mentoring, and career and professional development to students from underrepresented and underprivileged backgrounds who aspire to broaden their experience in research-based professional activities.

Help fund your next workshop! Discipline Specific Workshops provide career mentoring and networking opportunities in the context of a specific research area. Apply to host a DSW today!

Register for the Next Virtual Undergrad Town Hall: Big Messy Data – Looking for the Signal in Noisy and Biased Data on October 4


Speaker: Alexandra Mileou

Research Presentation: Big Messy Data: Looking for the Signal in Noisy and Biased Data
Data is not only vast, but it is often imperfect, conflicting, and untrustworthy, leading to flawed analyses and results that can be misleading. This presentation will highlight the impact of imperfect data on our society and discuss tools that derive diagnoses for data errors and tools for detecting biases in data-driven processes.

Mentor Presentation: How to Fail!  (A Guide to Anticipating and Overcoming Failures)
Failures are inevitable and happen to everyone.  This presentation will discuss personal experiences and will offer reflections on navigating various types of failures from the perspectives of research, graduate school, and academia in general.  Our ultimate goal is to embrace our failures, learn to expect them, accept them, and transform them into opportunities for growth.

Join us October 4th at 5:00pm ET
Register Today

iAAMCS Releases Guidelines for Successfully Mentoring Black/African-American Computing Sciences Doctoral Students


These guidelines were established to articulate successful strategies for mentoring African-American doctoral students in Computing Sciences (CS). iAAMCS defines “student mentoring” as the process of supporting, encouraging and guiding students’ academic and social progress with the goal of facilitating career and personal development. Grounded in project-based results and similar empirical research, the following guidelines emerged: (1) recruit strategically, (2) establish community, (3) foster a research culture, (4) provide holistic advising, (5) provide funding and (6) promote professional development. iAAMCS hopes that institutions, departments and faculty use these guidelines to bolster the participation of African-American students pursuing doctoral degrees in CS.

Although the iAAMCS Guidelines serve as best practices for mentoring African-American students in computing, these strategies are useful for optimal mentoring all students.

Click here to download a pdf of the guidelines.

Nominations Open for CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awards: Due December 7


The CRA Distinguished Service Award is presented to a person or multiple people who have made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. The CRA A. Nico Habermann Award is presented to a person or multiple people who have made outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented groups in the computing research community.

CRA-W Welcomes Alejandra Guzman


CRA has recently hired Alejandra Guzman as a program associate. In this role, Alejandra supports CRA and CRA-W program activities with meeting planning, workshops, outreach activities, and committee support.

Alejandra graduated from Brown University in 2015 with an Education Studies degree. During her undergraduate career, she was deeply involved with student organizations that supported underrepresented student communities such as first-gen, low income, etc.

She has continued that work in her professional career as she supports disenfranchised students, particularly in STEM fields. Before joining CRA, Alejandra promoted computer science learning through Code Success, a Google-sponsored program at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), which focused on enhancing NSBE members’ CS technical skills as well as professional skills to ensure they were job ready upon graduation. In her free time, Alejandra enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running and playing with her cat.

Congratulations to Ayanna Howard – 2018 Richard Tapia Award Winner


CRA and CRA-W Board Member Ayanna Howard was recently named the recipient of the 2018 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing from the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT). The Richard A. Tapia Award is awarded annually to an individual who demonstrates significant research leadership and strong commitment and contributions to diversifying computing.

Register for the Next Virtual Undergrad Town Hall – Exploring NLP Techniques to Help Build Medical Decision Support Systems: July 26


Speaker: Sanjana Sahayaraj

Research Presentation: Exploring NLP Techniques to Help Build Medical Decision Support Systems

Natural Language Processing research is intense. But there’s still a lot of gaps that need to be filled and automated techniques that need to be developed when it comes to processing textual data generated during medical treatments. Examples of such documents are discharge summaries, pathological reports, etc., and we still need to develop robust techniques to extract useful information from these documents to arrive at useful answers and insights. These insights can in turn help doctors plan their course of action and make decisions.

Join us July 26th at 5:00pm ET

Meet Your 2018 BECA Winners – Yejin Choi and Reetuparna Das


CRA-W recently announced two recipients of the 2018 Borg Early Career Award (BECA) – Reetuparna Das and Yejin Choi. he 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 women in computer science and/or engineering who have made significant research contributions and contributed to the profession, especially in the outreach to women. Learn more about the 2018 recipients in this article.

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.

2018-2019 Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) Scholars Announced


The Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security Program (SWSIS) recently announced its 2018 Scholars with the support of Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA), the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), Google, SANS, and Symantec. Thirteen women were selected to be the 2018-2019 SWSIS scholars. SWSIS scholarships support collegiate […]

CRA-W Sends Distinguished Lecturer to MINK-WIC


The Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) is designed to encourage women and minority undergraduates to pursue graduate education in computer science and engineering and to increase the visibility of distinguished women and minority researchers from academia and industrial or government research labs. It began as a CRA-W program in 2000 with funding from Lucent and is now […]

DREU 2017 Photo Competition – Winner Announced


Congratulations to the DREU 2018 Photo Competition Winners ! Mariko Kamiya was the DREU 2018 Photo Competition Winner. Mariko of Swarthmore College participated in the CRA-W DREU program under the mentorship of Debaleena Chatttopadhyay at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  Mariko worked with Dr. Chattopadhyay and a team of student researchers, including fellow DREU participant Taylor Day, […]

Applications Open for the 2018 Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates


Are you interested in exploring research in computer science? 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. Applications are currently open for both students and mentors. […]

CRA Launches New URM Grad Cohort Workshop – Apply Today!


The Computing Research Association is pleased to announce a new iteration of the Graduate Cohort Workshop designed specifically for underrepresented minorities (URM) in computing and persons with disabilities. Applications are now open for the inaugural CRA URM Graduate Cohort Workshop, which will be held March 16-17, 2018 in San Diego, CA.

Grace Hopper Research Scholars Applications Open!


The GHC Research Scholars program brings undergraduate women to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration. The purpose of this program is to provide attendees an unique experience, providing them a mentor, networking opportunities, and advising. The program will utilize the  availability of role models  and existing programming at the Grace Hopper Celebration, while simultaneously providing guidance  to research-interested […]

2017 BECA Winner Announced – Lydia Tapia


CRA-Women proudly announces Lydia Tapia as this year’s Borg Early Career Award Winner. Tapia is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico, was recently named the recipient of the 2017 CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (BECA). The award honors Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W, […]

2017 Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security Award Recipients Announced


The Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security Program (SWSIS) recently announced its 2017 Scholars with the support of Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA), the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Symantec. The 2017-18 Scholars include 15 new recipients and 4 continuing recipients. SWSIS scholarships supported […]

Fresh off the Press…Winter/Spring 2017 Newsletter!


The Winter/Spring 2017 Newsletter is now available! Take a break from work, your busy schedule, or studying and catch up on your CRA-Women news. This issue includes: Highlight Interview with Alum Lana Yarosh A summary of the activities that occurred at the recent Grace Hopper Celebration An interview with Lori Clarke, emerita professor in the College of […]

Borg Early Career Award Call for Nominations


CRA-Women invites nominations for the Borg Early Career Award (BECA). The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W and an inspiration for her commitment in increasing the participation of women in computing research. This annual award is given to an individual who has: made significant research contributions, had positive and significant impact on advancing women and diversity in the computing research […]

Upcoming Career Mentoring Workshops!


Upcoming early career mentoring workshops for the Education track at SIGCSE 2017 on March 8th 2017. When you attend the Early Career Mentoring Workshop, you will learn how to: be an effective and inspiring teacher, set yourself up for promotion and success, and balance work and life. You can find more information about this event […]

Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates Applications Open


Are you interested in exploring research in computer science? 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. Applications are currently open for both students and mentors; Apply […]

Fresh off the Press…Summer/Fall 2016 Newsletter!


The Summer/Fall 2016 Newsletter is now available! Take a break from work, your busy schedule, or studying and catch up on your CRA-Women news. This issue includes: An interview with highlighted Madeline Smith A summary of the activities that occurred at the past DSW Robot Guru 2 An interview with Sandhya Dwarkadas, the Computer Science Department […]

DREU 2016 Photo Competition – Winner Announced


Congratulations to Anthony Enem! Predicting Ligand Binding Sites with UOBPRM and Machine Learning Anthony Enem participated in the CRA-W/CDC DREU program under the mentorship of Nancy M. Amato at Texas A&M. Anthony worked on a team with postdoc researcher Shawna Thomas, Ph.D. student Diane Uwacu and high school student Benjamin Porter. Their project abstract: Many […]

New Program: CRA-W GHC Research Scholars


CRA-W is proud to announce their new program, the CRA-W GHC Research Scholars Program. The GHC Research Scholars program brings undergraduate women to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration. The purpose of this program is to provide attendees an unique experience, providing them a mentor, networking opportunities, and advising. The program will utilize the  availability of role models  […]

Early and Mid Career Mentoring Workshop Application Open


Apply today to attend the early or mid career mentoring workshops on November 19-20th in Washington, D.C. Deadline: September 16th 2016 Early Career Mentoring Workshops: (Labs and Research) The goal of these workshops is to bring junior researchers and educators together with women already established in their fields. The established professionals provide practical information, advice, and […]

2016 BECA Winners – Martha Kim & Hanna Wallach


CRA-Women proudly announces Martha Kim and Hanna Wallach as this year’s 2016 Borg Early Career Award Winners.  The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W and an inspiration for her commitment in increasing the participation of women in computing research. The annual award is given to a woman in computer science and/or engineering […]

2016 Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security Scholars Announced


Hewlett Packard Enterprise Continues Dedication to Diversity in IT Security Education HPE, Applied Computer Security Associates and CRA-W Award Third Annual Recipients of Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE), in collaboration with Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing […]

CRA-Women Celebrates Women’s History Month


By Melissa Borts, CRA Program Associate As CRA-W celebrates Women’s History Month, we decided to highlight a CRA-W board member who is a leader in the field of compilers and computer architecture – Kathryn McKinley. As both an academic (University of Texas at Austin) and industry employee (Microsoft), Kathryn has had the opportunity to broaden […]

Register for the 2016 CISE CAREER Workshop Outreach


The NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) will host a one-day workshop on CAREER Proposal Writing on April 4, 2016. This workshop will be held at the Westin Arlington. The goal of this workshop is to introduce junior CAREER-eligible faculty to the NSF CAREER program and help them to prepare their CAREER […]

Last day to apply to host the next 2016 Discipline Specific Workshops


Apply to host a Discipline Specific Workshop before the January 4th deadline!  Discipline Specific Workshops provide career mentoring and networking opportunities in the context of a specific research area. The workshops include coverage of technical topics such as important recent results and future related research directions. These workshops can be co-located with conferences in the sub-field […]

Fresh off the Press…Summer/Fall 2015 Newsletter!


The Summer/Fall 2015 Newsletter is now available! Take a break from work, your busy schedule, or studying and catch up on your CRA-Women news. This issue includes: An interview with highlighted Alum Sarah Ita Levitan Information on our NEW program the “Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall Series“ An interview with Dilma Da Silva, the Department Head […]

Register to Participate in the 1st Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall


CRA-Women is proud to announce a NEW program, the Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall Series.  During the Virtual Undergraduate Town Hall Event, you will join students from around the world in a virtual mentoring event where you will learn about cutting edge research in the field of computing, and how you can get involved with undergraduate research. […]

Apply before 9/11 to attend the Biomedical Data Science Workshop at SHILAC’15


The Biomedical Data Science Workshop (BMDSW) is a two day event for underrepresented undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctorate researchers from the US and its territories sponsored by CRA-W and the Coalition for Diversifying Computing (CDC). Biomedical Data Science is focused on interdisciplinary computational research in fields such as Biology, Neuroscience, Medicine, and Health where data sets have grown so large […]

Announcing the 2015 GHC ABIE Award Winners (CRA-W Alumni)


Originally posted on MarketWired PALO ALTO, CA The Anita Borg Institute, a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, announces the winners of the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) ABIE Awards. Each year, the GHC ABIE Awards recognize female leaders in the categories of technical leadership, social impact, innovative teaching practices, emerging […]

DREU 2015 Photo Competition – Winner Announced


Congratulations to Morgan Buford!   Pervasive Systems for Elder Care at The University of Alabama Morgan Buford, Valarie Sheffey, and Omar White worked as a team this summer during their DREU Experience to design a voice-activated home automation app to work with Cortana on a Windows phone. The purpose of the project was to assist […]

Nominations Open for 2016 CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers


The Computing Research Association is pleased to announce the annual CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers, which recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. The award is a terrific way to recognize your best student researchers and your department. Eligible nominees are […]

Learn about Graduate Studies in CSE Workshop – Apply by 9/11


Students from all institutions are invited to apply to attend this one-day workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on October 17, 2015. Participants will learn about the graduate school application process and the opportunities that exist for those who pursue graduate work in this impactful discipline. The workshop will include research highlights from […]

The Society of Women Engineers Announces Annual Award Winners


Original Article Posted on Market Wired By: Jenny Jaacks The world’s largest advocate for women in engineering and technology announced today the recipients of its annual awards program, an honorable acknowledgment of achievers and leaders within engineering. The annual initiative aims to recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession […]

2015 BECA – Natalie Enright Jerger


CRA-Women proudly announces Natalie Enright Jerger as this year’s 2015 Borg Early Career Award Winner.  The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W and an inspiration for her commitment in increasing the participation of women in computing research. The annual award is given to a woman in computer science and/or engineering […]

Application Deadline for DREU Summer 2016: February 15


Don’t miss the Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program Deadline – February 15! The Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates program is a highly selective program that matches promising undergraduate women and underrepresented groups with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor’s home institution. The object of the DREU program is to […]

Discipline Specific Workshops – Call for Proposals


CRA-W and CDC are looking for individuals to host discipline-specific mentoring workshops. The goal of these discipline-specific mentoring workshops is to increase participation of members of underrepresented groups within a specific computer science research area. Our vision is that we will offer seed funding for workshops that will later be sustained by the community. Don’t wait, start […]

Borg Early Career Award (BECA) Shared by A.J. Brush and Radhika Nagpal


Originally Printed in the Summer/Fall 2010 Newsletter The Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2010 Borg Early Career Award are A.J. Bernheim Brush, a researcher at Microsoft Research and Radhika Nagpal, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University. The award […]

Chandra Krintz Awarded Anita Borg Early Career Award


Originally Printed in the Summer/Fall 2008 Newsletter CRA-W presented the 2008 Borg Early Career Award to Chandra Krintz, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W and an inspiration for her commitment in increasing the participation […]