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The goal of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is to take positive action to increase the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels.

Visit the CRA-W/CDC Alliance page.

Visit the Participants page.

Follow us on Twitter @CRAWomen or join our Facebook group.


Join CRA-Women at the Federated Computing Research Conference in Portland, Oregon,this year!

CRA-Women will be hosting two workshops at FCRC, Early and Mid Career Mentoring Workshops:

Early CMW tracks offered at FCRC 2015 - June 13-14, 2015:

  • Research labs and industry (Early CMW-Labs)
  • Research universities (Early CMW-Research)
Apply here for the Early Career Mentoring Workshops.

Mid CMW tracks offered at FCRC 2015 - June 13-14, 2015:

    • Mid CMW-Education (Teaching colleges) 
    • Mid CMW-Labs (Research labs and industry) 
    • Mid CMW-Research (Research universities)
    Apply here for the Mid Career Mentoring Workshops.
    GREPSEC II: Computer Security Workshop - Women & Members of underrepresented groups


    GREPSEC is a day-and-a-half-long workshop scheduled for May 16-17, 2015 in San Jose, occurring just prior to the annual IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy.  The workshop will consist of a number of talks by leading academic and industry researchers in computer security (A list of speakers can be found here). Application information can be found here.  Applications are due February 28. Applicants will be informed by March 6 whether they have been admitted and the size of their travel award.  Workshop participants are encouraged to attend the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, which will begin on May 18.

    If you have questions about the workshop, please direct them to one of Susan Landau, Hilarie Oman, or Terry Benzel. We encourage all eligible students to apply. 

    CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Workshop - Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have questions regarding Grad Cohort, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section here, before emailing Erik Russell.

    CRA-W Hosts Pre-Symposium Workshop at SIGCSE 2015


    CRA-W will be hosting a pre-symposium event at SIGCSE 2015 on March 4, 2015. The Pre-Symposium Workshop "Managing the Academic Career for Women Faculty in Undergraduate Computing Program" will provide critical mentoring information for women instructors, pre-tenure faculty and graduate students in Computer Science and Engineering who are interested in an academic career.

    For more information, click here.


    Discipline Specific Workshops - Call for Proposals

    CRA-W and CDC are jointly soliciting proposals for discipline-specific mentoring workshops within computing sub-fields. The goal of these discipline-specific mentoring workshops is to increase participation of members of underrepresented groups within a specific research area by providing career mentoring advice and discipline-specific overviews of past accomplishments and future research directions. Specifically, the workshop should 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.

    The Discipline Specific Workshop program has two calls-for-proposals per year:

    June 15th deadline, award notifications will be made by July 15th; and
    December 15th deadline, award notifications will be made by January 15th.
    Please direct all questions to the Discipline Specific Workshop directors at dsw@cra.org.

    Grad Cohort Workshop - April 10-11 2015


    The 2015 CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Workshop will be held  April 10-11, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco located in San Francisco, California. This workshop is the cornerstone of CRA-W's efforts to increase the ranks of senior women in computing by building and mentoring nationwide communities of women during their graduate studies. 

    For more information about the CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Program please click here.

    To find out more Grad Cohort News follow us on Twitter @CRAWomen

    Support CRA-W


    There are many ways to  support CRA-W's mission and projects.  Click here.   

    CRA-W Supporters

    CRA-W is partially supported by the National Science Foundation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.   Funding has also been provided by Microsoft, Google, Sun Microsystems, IBM, and others.