Published: September 2020, Issue: Vol. 32/No. 8 Download as PDF

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Nominations Open for 2021 CRA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers


The Computing Research Association (CRA) 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 wonderful way to recognize your best student researchers and your department. 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 16, 2020, at 9 PM ET.

CRA Taulbee Survey Announcement


The 2020 CRA Taulbee Survey will be starting soon. As has been our recent practice, the survey will be split into two parts, salary and main (everything else). This allows us to set an earlier deadline for the salary section in order to produce a preliminary salary report in December, while giving departments more time to collect and enter the information in the rest of the survey if needed.

Taulbee Schedule

  • By September 16: All doctoral departments will be contacted to update Taulbee user information. The academic unit head will receive an email and so will the Taulbee primary contact(s), if separate. The data-gathering pdf will also be available at this time.
  • September 22: Both Salary and Main surveys open for input
  • November 24: Due date for salary section.
  • Late December: Preliminary salary report available to participants.
  • January 20, 2021: Due date for the main Taulbee section.
  • April 2021: Full Taulbee report to CRA members and participating departments.
  • May 2021: Published in CRN.

The Taulbee Survey is open to all academic units that grant doctorates in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Information.  If you have any questions, contact Betsy Bizot at bizot@cra.org

 

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Women and Non-binary Gendered Computing Professionals Report Lower Confidence in Their Ability to Negotiate for Resources


Among non-student professionals in computing-related jobs, women and non-binary gendered survey respondents report lower confidence in their ability to negotiate for resources in their job. There were no statistically significant differences in survey respondents’ confidence to speak up about issues in meetings or with their supervisor.

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CERP Announces Webinar for Data Buddies Survey


The CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) recently published a webinar featuring the Data Buddies Survey (DBS).
This webinar details some of the background of the Data Buddies Survey, tips for good response rates, benefits for participating departments, and requirements for participating departments. This webinar is designed for a broad audience, including prospective DBS participants. You can view the webinar by clicking here.

If you would like to volunteer your department to join DBS, you can sign up here.

Email the CERP team with questions or comments at cerp@cra.org.

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Expanding the Pipeline: The Center for Inclusive Computing offers funding opportunities to increase the representation of women in undergraduate computing


Housed at Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, the Center for Inclusive Computing (“the Center”) serves as a catalyst in helping universities take the lead in educating more women in computing, both to meet a significant economic need and to address the issues of social inequity and exclusion. The Center awards funding to colleges and universities to scale best practices known to increase the representation of women in undergraduate computing. While these best practices are well documented and widely known, stagnant percentages indicate that uptake has been slow.

In order to accelerate change, the Center invites nonprofit colleges and universities to apply for one of two funding opportunities: Best Practice Grants and Data Grants. 

To learn if your institution is eligible and how to apply, please visit our website for more information or email inquiries to khoury-cic@northeastern.edu.