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Discipline Specific Workshops (DSW)


DSW is a joint project of CRA-W and the Coalition to Diversify Computing.

Program Co-Director

Program Co-Director


The Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRAW) in an alliance with the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), a joint organization of the ACM, CRA, and IEEE CS, is seeking to increase the participation of women and minorities in computing research.

CRA-W and CDC jointly solicit proposals for discipline specific mentoring workshops within computing sub-fields. The goal of these discipline specific 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.

Because this program operates with funding from the US National Science Foundation, the primary proposer must be from a US university and the workshop location should reachable as "domestic travel" from the US as defined by NSF.

Submitting a Proposal
Planning a Workshop
Budget and Finances
Reporting and Feedback Surveys

Please submit your request at least 6 months before the planned workshop. The submission deadline is June 15 of every year. To attenuate the difficulties introduced by a yearly deadline we will also accept submissions by Dec 15, but we expect most of the program funds to go towards the June 15 pool and we encourage you to submit by this deadline. Funding notifications will be sent roughly within one month of the deadline.

Upcoming and past workshops:

Upcoming: October 2015 - BPViz2015: Broadening Participation in Visualization Workshop. Co-located with the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Visualization.

Upcoming: May 18-19, 2015 - GREPSEC II: CRA-W/CDC Security and Privacy Workshop. Co-located with the 2015 IEEE Computer Society's Security and Privacy Symposium.

Upcoming: May (26th or 27th), 2015 - Student Mentoring Workshop in Robotics. Co-located with the 2015 International Conference on Robotics and Automation.


October 5, 2014 - Games research. Co-located with AAAI conference on AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment.

Sep. 13, 2014 - Ubiquitous Computing Diversity (UBICOMP), Seattle, WA.

August 17, 2014 - Fourth Networking Networking Women Workshop - N2Women: Broadening Participation.

July 27-31, 2014 - CRA-W/CDC Workshop at AAAI 2014.

Jun. 1-2, 2014 - Fostering Diversity in Design Automation, San Francisco, CA.

Feb. 24-25, 2014 - BPViz2014: Broadening Participation in Visualization Workshop, Clemson, SC.

Nov. 3-6, 2013 - SOSP Diversity, Farmington, PA.

Aug. 9-10, 2013 - Broadening Participation in Data Mining, Chicago, IL.

May 18-19, 2013 - GREPSEC, a workshop in computer security and privacy, San Francisco, CA.

May 6-7, 2013 - Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, St. Paul, MN.

August 27-28, 2012 - CRA-W/CDC Discipline-Specific Workshop in Computer Architecture.

May 5-6, 2012 - CHIMe 2012 - The 2012 Computer Human Interaction Mentoring (CHIMe) Workshop, co-sponsored by CRA-Women, CDC, and NSF.

April 2-28, 2012 - First CRA-W / CDC Discipline-Specific Workshop on Data Mining.

March 26, 2012 - The Second Networking Networking (N2Women) Workshop.

January 24, 2012 - CRA-W/CDC and SIGPLAN Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop, Philadelphia, PA. 


DSW is a joint project of CRA-W and the Coalition to Diversify Computing