This article is published in the February 2018 issue.

Nearly Half of Graduate Students in Computing Programs Believe They Have Below Average Knowledge About How to Obtain Research Funding

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CERP found that nearly half of graduate students in computing degree programs surveyed in 2016 indicated they were not very knowledgeable about how to obtain research funding. Of note, this trend occurred among Ph.D. students as well as Terminal Master’s students: 45 percent of Ph.D. students and 52 percent of Terminal Master’s students indicated below average knowledge in this area. This finding suggests advisors and departments should spend more time working with students on this professional development skill.

The CRA provides resources to help individuals learn about how to obtain research funding. For instance, the CRA-W’s resources page provides information on research funding strategies and funding opportunities in computing science. The CRA also holds a biennial Career Mentoring Workshop, which often covers topics related to writing grant proposals.

Notes: In 2016, CERP collected data from 3,857 graduate students enrolled in computing programs at a sample of U.S. universities via the Data Buddies Project. Forty-four percent of the sample was Terminal Master’s students and 56 percent of the sample was Ph.D. students. N = 3,391 students responded to the question: How would you rate your knowledge of each of the following, from very poor to very strong? Obtaining funding for research… (1) very poor to (5) very strong.

horizontal CERP logoThis analysis is brought to you by the CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). CERP provides social science research and comparative evaluation for the computing community. To subscribe to the CERP newsletter, click here.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (CNS-1246649; and/ or DUE-1431112). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.