This article is published in the October 2022 issue.

Nominations Open for 2023 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award

The CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award recognizes individual faculty members who have provided exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of these students to research-focused graduate programs in computing.

Eligible nominees are full-time faculty members at North American academic institutions. Faculty members include tenured and tenure-track faculty, instructors, and professors of the practice. Current members of CRA-E are not eligible to be nominated or to serve as the nominator.  A nominee must be nominated by a faculty member or a researcher in the computing field.

Nominations are due Friday, November 25, 2022, by 5 PM (ET). Winners will be notified by early February 2023. Click here to view the 2022 award winners and here to view the FAQs.

The award is given annually, and multiple recipients may be awarded. The selection committee will give appropriate consideration to different types of schools and mentors at different stages of their careers. The awardees will receive travel support to attend the meeting at which they accept the award.

Evaluation criteria
The committee will evaluate the evidence of:

  • Undergraduate student mentoring during the most recent 10 years (being sensitive to the size of the program) including the details on the student career paths (e.g., students enrolling in research-oriented M.S. or Ph.D. programs or students pursuing other research-oriented career opportunities)
  • Professional development provided to the students mentored
  • Diversity of students
  • Impact and success of the students’ research

The 2023 selection committee includes:
Denys Poshyvanyk (William & Mary), Chair
Monica Anderson (University of Alabama)
Gary Holness (Clark University)
Tijana Milenkovic (University of Notre Dame)

CRAE winners

Darko Marinov is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His main research interests are in software engineering, in particular improving software quality using software testing. Marinov has mentored in research over 60 undergraduate students over the past 20 years at the University of Illinois and MIT.

Jelani Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California Berkeley. His main research interests are in Theory. Nelson had advised both formally and informally many undergraduate students. Three of his students became the winners of the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award.