The Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is pleased to announce a program that involves undergraduate students in collaborative, multidisciplinary research creating and using cyberinfrastructure. The goal of this initiative is to engage women undergraduates in computer science more fully in the research process by allowing them to investigate applications of computer science to other areas in which they may have an interest and to serve as a catalyst for forming new multidisciplinary partnerships with cyberinfrastructure expertise.
The program, called Multidisciplinary Research Opportunities for Women (MRO-W), is designed to provide positive research experiences for teams of undergraduates who will work during the academic year and following summer at their home institutions. Each team will consist of scientists from both the computing and non-computing fields as well as women undergraduate students from these respective fields. For example, a project in computational biology might consist of a computer science major, a biology major, a computer science professor, and a biology professor.
The program runs from fall through summer. A typical proposal would request funding for the academic year and following summer, but alternative timeframes such as starting a summer earlier or academic year only will be considered as well.
Students will work with two sponsoring faculty members, one from a computer science/engineering department and the other from another discipline. The women students will each receive a stipend of $3,000 for their work during the academic year and $4,000 during the summer. Each project may also request up to $1,500 to be used for special equipment, travel, or supporting materials.
For a similar program that does not require multidisciplinary research nor summer work, and that is eligible for women and minorities, please see the Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) website. For a summary of all undergraduate research programs see Undergraduate Research.