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Grad Cohort Workshop

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Lori Clarke

University of Massachusetts



Sandhya Dwarkadas

University of Rochester



Ayanna Howard

Georgia Institute of Technology


Upcoming Workshop:

The application period for the 2016 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop will open in November 2015. Sign up for Grad Cohort updates, and receive notifications when Grad Cohort 2016 application is available. 

We will begin making participant selections around the end of January and will be extending invitations to those selected.  All applicants will be notified at the email provided in their application by mid-February.  

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section here, for any questions you might have regarding Grad Cohort.


Women students in their first, second or third year of graduate school in computer science and engineering or a closely related field, who are studying at a US or Canadian institution.

Background about Grad Cohort Workshops:

The CRA-W Grad Cohort program, initiated in 2004, is generously funded by sponsors from industry, academia, the National Science Foundation, and the computing community. Grad Cohort aims to increase the ranks of senior women in computing by building and mentoring nationwide communities of women through their graduate studies.

At the Grad Cohort Workshop, we welcome new women graduate students in their first year of graduate school into the community of computing researchers and professionals by providing them with a broad range of strategies and role models. Strategies and mentoring for students in their second and third years of graduate school will also be provided. 

Students will meet for two days with 20 to 25 senior computing researchers and professionals, who will share pertinent information on graduate school survival skills, as well as more personal information and insights about their experiences. The rewards of a research career will be emphasized. The workshop will include a mix of formal presentations and informal discussions and social events. Through this workshop, students will be able to build mentoring relationships and develop peer networks that will form the basis for ongoing activities during their graduate careers.

Reasonable travel expenses, meals, and lodging will be provided for students chosen to participate in this program.

For questions about the Grad Cohort program, please write to or Erik Russell.

Diversity Drives Innovation…

We are currently accepting sponsorship for the 2016 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop. We welcome sponsorship at any level and would be happy to provide recognition in all printed and web materials. Please contact Erik Russell for additional information about sponsoring Grad Cohort. 



We would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2015 CRA-Women Grad Cohort Workshop:

Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
 Other Sponsors








Private Foundation




We would also like to thank the university departments who made contributions to support this year's program.


Slides and Information from Previous Workshops:


View the Agenda and Slides from the 2015 Grad Cohort Workshop 

View the Agenda and Slides from the 2014 Grad Cohort Workshop 

View the Agenda and Slides from the 2013 Grad Cohort Workshop 


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