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Started by Jerry, 2005-04-11T22:02:04-05:00 (Monday)

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The Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), in conjunction with the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), is pleased to announce a program that involves undergraduate students in research. The goal of this initiative is to increase the numbers of women and minorities who continue on to graduate school in computer science and engineering.

The program, called Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU), is designed to provide positive research experiences for teams of undergraduates who will work during the academic year at their home institutions. Formerly administered as the CREW program, the program has been expanded to encourage young computer scientists and engineers from all under represented groups to consider graduate school, either directly or indirectly.

Students will work with one or two sponsoring faculty members on a project for which monetary support is typically not available. Students will each receive a stipend of $1,000 for their work. Each project will also receive $500, to be used for special equipment, travel, supporting materials, or as an honorarium for the faculty member(s).

Teams consisting of all women or all under represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. In order to support the exchange of shared common experiences, individual teams should be homogeneous with respect to minority status or gender.



General CREU Guidelines

Basic Eligibility

Students must have completed two years of undergraduate study at the college level. Priority will be given to students who will be juniors in the fall of 2005.

Students must have completed at least four courses in computer science or computer engineering.

Projects must be directly related to computer science or computer engineering and be suitable for undergraduate research.

The entire student research team must consist of 2-3 undergraduate students who are majoring in computer science or computer engineering.

Applications must be jointly submitted by the proposing students and one or two sponsoring faculty members.

Because of funding sources, only proposals submitted from institutions located in the United States or Canada will be considered. In addition, the number of Canadian projects that will be funded is limited.


Evaluation Criteria

The scope and goals of the project should be reasonable and realistic, based upon the students' prior education and experience.

The plan for the project should be well-defined and should describe a collaborative approach to be taken.

The project should warrant background research on the part of the students, and should have an active, investigative and experiential nature by which the students can discover their results.

The project should further the goal of the CREU program to increase the numbers of women and minorities who continue on to graduate school in computer science and engineering.

The project should enable student empowerment, leadership development, confidence-building, and skill-building in project management.

The students should have good potential for doing independent work.

The sponsor(s) should have the background necessary to oversee the research and there should be an appropriate strategy for keeping the students on track.

The sponsor(s) and students must have enough time to devote to the research project so weekly meetings can occur with additional independent work taking place outside of these meetings.

The proposal should be complete and well-written.

Students should be actively involved in writing the proposal, with guidance and support of the sponsoring faculty mentor.



Application Deadline: May 20, 2005
Notification of Awards: June 20, 2005
Project Research: June 20, 2005 - May 31, 2006
Final Summary Report: May 31, 2006


Full Guidelines
To see the full guidelines, see the CREU website.



Send any questions about eligibility or submission to Sheila CastaÃÆ'Ã,±eda at Sheila.Castaneda@clarke.edu

See the reports from previous years for examples of funded CREW projects



This initiative is sponsored by the Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, USENIX and the National Science Foundation's Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure's Education, Outreach and Training program

Sheila Castaneda
Chair, Associate Professor
Computer Science Department
Clarke College
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA  52001
Phone: 563-588-6401
Fax:   563-588-6789
Email: Sheila.Castaneda@clarke.edu
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Matthew Thomas

Maybe it's just me, but does it sound like this program is targeting stipends to women and "all under represented minorities"  students participating in a senior project-like program?

If that's the case, why not get paid for going to school?
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