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CRA-W Mid-Career Academic Track. Nancy Amato, Texas A&M University Tracy Camp, Colorado School of Mines Kathryn McKinley, Microsoft Research/UT Austin Lori Pollock, University of Delaware. CRA - W Computer Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research.

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cra w mid career academic track

CRA-W Mid-Career Academic Track

Nancy Amato, Texas A&M University

Tracy Camp, Colorado School of Mines

Kathryn McKinley, Microsoft Research/UT Austin

Lori Pollock, University of Delaware

cra w computer research association committee on the status of women in computing research
CRA-W Computer Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research

Mission increase the participation and success of women in computing research

cra w programs

Industry/government labs

Graduate Students


Academic careers

CRA-W Programs

Undergrads: UndergraduateResearch Experiences

Undergrads: Distinguished lecture role models

Grad Cohort: group mentoring of grad students

Grad Students: Discipline Specific Research workshops

PhD Researchers: group mentoring of early & mid career @ CMW, CAPP, Hopper & Tapia



Tracy Camp, Colorado School of Mines

CRA-Women Co-Chair

introduce yourself

Introduce Yourself!

Your Name, Your Institution

Career Stage

Research and/or Education Interests

tracy camp professor colorado school of mines
Tracy CampProfessor, Colorado School of Mines

Monitoring for Resources, Hazards, and Fun

with Wireless Sensor Networks

Professor@ Colorado School of Mines

25 graduate students

NZ Fulbright Scholar

ACM Fellow

Elements of my Funding Success

1. over 30 external grants awarded

2. over $20 million in external funding

3. led or co-led three large successful initiatives ($3-5 million each)

mary jean harrold
Mary Jean Harrold


Very Accomplished Researcher

CRA-Women Co-Chair (2003-2006)

weave a convincing story mary jean harrold stars 2009
Weave a Convincing StoryMary Jean Harrold(STARS 2009)

What is the problem?

Why is it interesting?

What are possible solutions?

Why should yousolve it?

KEY: motivate the problem well

(else reviewers won’t care about your solutions)

what makes a good proposal mary jean harrold stars 2009
What Makes a Good Proposal?Mary Jean Harrold(STARS 2009)

Seven Criteria (see handout)

CARE: Is it an important problem?

NOW: Why now?

IDEAS: What are your initial ideas?

RESULTS: What are your prelim. results?

PLAN: Is your plan sensible?

CAN-DO: Why you?

LEGAL: Have you followed the rules?

funding pre tenure vs funding post tenure
Funding Pre-Tenure vs. Funding Post-Tenure

… take advantage of the freedom

Find your passion! (if you haven’t already)

  • Solving societal problems?make the world a better place!
  • Curriculum innovation?

improve student lives!

  • Science policy outreach?tell the public how important we are!

External visibility and leadership are critical

collaboration then now
Collaboration: Then & Now

Collaboration as you advance in your career

  • Your Role
    • Before: more likely was participant and member of team
    • Now: may take on stronger, leading role in initiating collaboration and project
  • Motivation/Benefits
    • Before: cool problems, networking opportunities, funding
    • Now: bigger and more visible cool problems, leadership opportunities (set the agenda), mentoring junior colleagues
collaboration why how
Collaboration: Why & How
  • Successful collaboration is a multiplier
    • Enables you to achieve more than you can on your own, is fun and brings new friends and colleagues
  • Unsuccessful collaboration can be a negative multiplier
    • Wastes time, is stressful, creates hard feelings
collaboration do s don ts
Collaboration: Do’s & Don’ts
  • Do
    • collaborate with successful people (check them out)
    • be a good collaborator yourself (timely, quality, etc.)
    • recruit good students (review applications, try a student out, teach grad reading class, summer REUs)
  • Don’t
    • collaborate with freeloaders (learn to say no)
collaboration l et s d iscuss
Collaboration: Let’s Discuss!
  • How might you respond to a collaboration request from freeloaders?
  • What can you do to recover when you’re a collaborator and are finding yourself falling behind on responsibilities?

Share responses

other funding do s
Other Funding Do’s
  • Visit funding agency sites regularly
    • Talk to appropriate program manager(s)
    • Volunteer to serve on review panels

especially for types of proposals you plan to submit

    • Expand your funding sources
  • Seek advice/examples from colleagues
    • Ask successful colleagues to review your proposal and Listento their feedback
    • Borrow sample proposals from successful colleagues
  • Understand the program you are submitting to
    • Read the program announcement carefully
    • Read funded summaries/proposals of projects from that program
other funding do s1
Other Funding Do’s
  • Fund your research through a variety of sources
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again
    • Read reviews carefully
    • Don’t take it personally
    • Talk to program manager
    • Be persistent
  • Write a few GOOD proposals
    • Immature ideas/plans rarely get funded
    • Borrow sample proposals from successful colleagues
funding discussion questions
Funding: Discussion Questions
  • How do I create a dream team for a large grant proposal?
  • What do I do when a Co-PI is not taking on their responsibilities as part of a large grant?
  • When a large proposal is not funded, how should I proceed (given the significant burden of putting it together)?
cra w wants your feedback
CRA-W Wants Your Feedback
  • Please give us your feedback about this session and any other CRA-W mentoring sessions you attend!