About Us

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.


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.

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CRA-Women has joined Twitter! Follow us at @CRAWomen, for CRA-Women and Grad Cohort news!

CRA-W @ TAPIA 2015


Join CRA-Women and Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC) at TAPIA on February 18, 2015 (1-4pm) for a Mentoring Workshop. During these workshops Undergraduate and Graduate students will obtain resources that will help them succeed throughout their studies, and beyond, and career professionals (from universities, industry, and government organizations), will also have an opportunity to participate in hands-on professional development activities.

There will be 3 workshops:

Summer 2015 Paid Research Internships

The CRA-Women/CDC Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Program matches undergraduates with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. An on-line application for students and faculty mentors, more information about DREU, and webpages authored by previous participants are available here.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2015

Borg Early Career Award

The Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) invites nominations for the Borg Early Career Award.  The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W and an inspiration for her commitment in increasing the participation of women in computing research.

Deadline for Nominations: February 15, 2015.

Please send a note to craw_awards@cra.org indicating intent to submit.
For more information about eligibility and nomination requirements please visit 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

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.



2015-2016 Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS)
Applications Due February 15, 2015

Since 2011, Applied Computer Security Associates, sponsor of the
ACSAC and NSPW conferences, has offered scholarships for women in
security-related undergraduate and masters' degree programs through
the Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security
(SWSIS). ACSA, CRA-W, and HP are pleased to announce that applications for
2015-16 scholarships are open Dec 15 2014 - Feb 15 2015.

To apply, an applicant must provide:
  • An essay describing her interest and background in the information security field.
  • A current transcript.
  • A resume or CV.
  • At least two letters of reference (typically from faculty members).
  • Her university name and class status.
More information at www.swsis.org or swsis@swsis.org

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.