Get Involved with CRA-Women Activities


The mission of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is to increase the success and participation of women in computing research and education at all levels. There are several ways you can get involved by mentoring students, submitting proposals and sharing these opportunities with your colleagues and students.

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)
Are you a faculty member interested in being a research mentor or do you know students interested in exploring research? The DREU program matches students with faculty mentors for summer research experiences at the faculty mentor’s home institution. Applications are currently open for both students and mentors; Apply by February 15, 2017.

Career Mentoring Workshops for Women
CRA-W will host Mid and Early Career Mentoring Workshops on March 8, 2017 in Seattle, WA co-located with SIGCSE 2017, in an effort to increase the percentage of women in computing who reach the top of their career tracks. Attendees receive mentoring and advice on topics such as preparing for promotion, being an effective leader, and building collaborations and starting new initiatives. The application deadline is January 6, 2017.

Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS)
The SWSIS program provides scholarships of up to $10,000 for women studying for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in information security fields. It is a partnership of Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and CRA-W, with sponsorship from ACSA and the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise to provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers. The application deadline is February 1, 2017.  

Host a Discipline Specific Workshop
Help fund your next workshop! CRA-W Discipline Specific Workshops provide career mentoring and networking opportunities in the context of a specific research area. The ultimate goal is to increase participation of members of underrepresented groups in computing within specific research areas. The workshops focus on helping young researchers at the graduate or post-graduate level become interested in and knowledgeable about the research and research paradigms of a specific discipline. Proposals are due December 15. Submit yours today!

Distinguished Lecture Series
The CRA-W Distinguished Lecture Series brings prominent faculty and industry researchers to campuses across the US. The purpose of these visits is to provide inspiring role models that will encourage students to pursue research in computer science and engineering. At these events, students will have the opportunity to discuss the graduate school process and receive mentoring from leading researchers. Submit a proposal today!

Travel Support for Women in Research Labs
Do you know a researcher in industry or a government lab interested in attending a conference but having difficulty finding the funding? CRA-W provides full or partial support for actual travel expenses to conferences or workshops in the applicant’s area of research. Travel to CS-related summer schools for the purpose of learning technical material is also covered. Up to $2,000 (or $3,000 for international conferences) is available per trip. Click here for more information and application instructions.