CRA-W: Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research

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The mission of the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is to increase the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels. In addition, CRA-W also seeks to increase the degree of success they experience and to provide a forum for addressing problems that often fall disproportionately within women's domain. The group's activities may also have a positive impact on the research and professional environment for other underrepresented groups in CSE and indeed for all Computer Scientists and Engineers.


Founded in 1991, CRA-W is an action oriented organization and its board members each lead activities in support of the organization's goals. These programs include:

  • Evaluating Our Programs: Data Buddies
  • Borg Early Career Award (BECA)
  • Advanced Career Mentoring Workshop (CAPP, CAPP-L, CAPP-R, CAPP-E)
  • Career Mentoring Workshop (CMW)
  • Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU)
  • Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates - Canada (CREUC)
  • Discipline-specific Mentoring Workshops
  • Distinguished Lecture Series Resources (DLS)
  • Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)
  • Travel Support for Women in Research Labs
  • Graduate Cohort Workshop

Other Activities:

  • CRA-W Award Nominations
  • Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Women in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Careers Booklet
  • "Expanding the Pipeline" Column
  • Publications

Current Board Members[edit]

Former Board Members[edit]


  • 2005: CRA-W was awarded the National Science Board's Public Service Award for its action-oriented programs aimed at increasing the number and success of women participating in computer science and engineering research and education.[1]
  • 2003: CRA-W was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring for long-running work to address the underrepresentation of women in computer science and engineering.[3]


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