CRA-E Graduate Fellows Program

Call for nominations:  

The Computing Research Association’s Education Committee (CRA-E) seeks up to two Ph.D. students to serve as Fellows. This is an opportunity for graduate students in computing-related fields to gain experience serving on a national committee that serves the field.

Members of CRA-E are engaged in activities that promote the health of the computing research pipeline.  Activities are primarily focused on promoting undergraduate research, providing resources to faculty to prepare talented students for research, and encouraging undergraduates to pursue graduate education and research careers in computing fields. A description of current and past activities can be found here.

CRA-E Graduate Fellows

The CRA-E Graduate Fellows program provides opportunities for Ph.D. candidates in a computing field to contribute to CRA-E projects, to network with computer science education advocates on the committee, and to engage in advocacy for mentoring undergraduate students and promote computer science research and undergraduate education at the national level.

CRA-E plans to appoint up to two graduate fellows per year who will serve as part of the committee, providing a graduate student voice. They will attend the annual CRA-E meeting (travel expenses funded by CRA-E), serve on a CRA-E subcommittee related to their interests and expertise, and contribute to the CRA-E Conquer site that provides resources for undergraduate research and graduate school.

Nomination process:

Faculty members are invited to nominate one graduate student from their institution (but multiple nominations are permitted by distinct faculty members  from the same institution) by collecting and submitting a nomination package that includes:

  1. One faculty recommendation letter describing the student’s interpersonal skills and evidence of interest in mentoring undergraduates.  The letter should also state that the student is at least in the third year of a Ph.D. program and making satisfactory progress towards the degree.
  2. The student’s C.V. including research interests and accomplishments.
  3. A one-page statement written by the student.  The statement should describe the nominee’s interest in the CRA-E Fellow position, experience mentoring undergraduates, and long-term aspirations.

Typically, the faculty member will be in the student’s department, but not necessarily the student’s adviser.

Selection process:

CRA-E members will select the CRA-E Fellows, with preference given to students in their third year (or later) of graduate school in computer science, computer engineering, or information sciences.  Criteria for selection include interest in undergraduate education, evidence of interest in mentoring undergraduates in research, interpersonal skills, and interest in professional service at the national level. Applicants are encouraged to examine the CRA-E website and indicate what aspects of CRA-E activities are of interest to them.

Responsibilities of CRA-E Fellows include:

•    Attending the annual CRA-E meeting (travel expenses to be paid by CRA-E)

•    Serving on a CRA-E subcommittee (with exception of awards committees)

•    Maintaining the CRA-E Conquer site with up-to-date and relevant information for undergraduates and faculty mentors.

CRA-E Fellows are expected to contribute approximately 5 hours per month.


Nancy Amato (Texas A&M University) Chair

Jeff Forbes (Duke University)

CRA-E’s mission is to address society’s need for a continuous supply of talented and well-educated computing researchers.

Application Deadline: January 29, 2018, 5 PM EST.

Decisions will be made by early March.

Each CRA-E Fellow’s term starts June 1 for a one-year appointment.

Current and Past Fellows

Robert Bowden (2018-present)
Booma Sowkarthiga Balasubramani (2017 -present)
Keith Feldman (2016-2018)
Max Grossman (2016-2017)

New Fellow Announcements: 2018, 2017, 2016