There are a number of ways for you to contribute to the work CRA-W does to attract women into computing research and to increase their success in research and education careers.
We encourage you to participate directly in our programs and recommend our programs to others. We offer mentoring experiences and workshops for women undergraduates, graduate students, newly minted PhDs, teaching and research faculty, and researchers in industry. If you have participated in any of our programs, look for what we offer at the next level as you progress through your career. If you have women colleagues who can benefit from our programs, please let them know about CRA-W. Faculty are encouraged to volunteer as a research mentor in our REU programs and to apply to host a distinguished lecture. Academic and industry researchers are encouraged to propose discipline specific mentoring workshops. All alums of our programs receive announcements of events and our newsletter as long as your email address in our database is current.
Become a Friend of CRA-W
Anyone who wishes to become part of the CRA-W community is encouraged to sign up as a Friend of CRA-W. As a Friend, you can show your friendship and advocacy for our work. You can list CRA-W among your affiliations and we will publicly acknowledge your support as a Friend (unless you choose to remain anonymous). You can ensure that you will receive CRA-W announcements as your career and your contact information change. Check back soon for more information on how to sign up.
Support Student Participants
Faculty are encouraged to use their grant or institutional funds to increase the number of students who can participate in our programs. This is a great way to help fulfill the Broader Impacts on your government funding. You can help send additional graduate students to the Grad Cohort Workshop or to a Discipline Specific Workshop. You can provide support for undergraduate students participating in the Distributed REU (DREU) Project. The DREU subcommittee selects the best student applicants and pairs each with a faculty member with a strong research program in the student's area of interest. Applications and support information for faculty interested in applying to be mentors are available at this link. Faculty members who offer to supplement CRA-W funding for students will be acknowledged in the Summer-Fall issue of our newsletter.
Please consider making an individual gift to CRA-W through the CRA. The CRA is a non-profit organization and can accept tax-deductible contributions to support CRA-W activities. If CRA-W has had a positive impact on your life, your donation can help others share in those kinds of experiences. We have suggested giving levels that are affordable and we appreciate gifts of any amount. Individual donors will be honored in the Winter-Spring issue of our newsletter (unless you choose to remain anonymous). If you wish to make an individual donation, please fill out the CRA-W Individual Giving Form.
If you wish to send a check, it should be made to Computing Research Association (CRA), include a letter indicating the funds are for CRA-W activities, and mailed to CRA, 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-4632.
Become an Industrial or Institutional Sponsor
Every stakeholder that is basing their future upon technical innovation in Computer Science & Engineering should be CRA-W's partner in achieving our goal of increasing the number of women entering and contributing to computing research. To effect true change in the diversity of the research community, we need sustained funding for on-going, long-term programs that have been proven to work and that will benefit from wide-scale name recognition and community support. You will be partnering with an award-winning organization with a track record of success.
CRA-W is seeking support from corporate and foundation sponsors to share in pursuing our mission. Your support can help fund specific programs as well as individual student scholarships. Depending on the level of giving, programs can be named for the sponsoring organization. Participation of employees of our sponsors at career mentoring events is encouraged, either for their own career development or as mentors for students. Benefits include visibility for your organization to our CRA-W community members. All sponsors are acknowledged on our website by displaying the company's logo. Additional means of communication with our community depend on level of support. Suggested levels are listed below:
Bronze Level - 10K
- We will publish one ad per year in the CRA-W newsletter (size: 1/8 page) that goes to all alums and Affiliates of CRA-W.
- We will provide a link from the CRA-W website to the sponsor's CRA job listings to give those ads additional exposure.
Silver Level - 15K
In addition to the Bronze benefits:
- The newsletter ad size increases to 1/4 page.
- Complementary registration for one employee to attend an industrial track of career mentoring workshops (either CMW-L or CAPP-L).
- You may provide materials in registration packets that are distributed at career mentoring workshops aimed at graduate students and fresh PhDs.
- We will display ads for research internships from our silver sponsors on our opportunities list for undergraduates (made available to students in our various REU programs).
Gold Level - 25K
In addition to the Silver benefits:
- The newsletter ad size increases to 1/2 page.
- Complementary registration for two employees to attend an industrial track of career mentoring workshops (either CMW-L or CAPP-L).
- We will provide limited use of our membership email list for event notices and ads from gold sponsors.
For more information on supporting CRA-W activities