Rachel Probert's CRA-W Experience
"The Computer Research Association's Committee on the
Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is an action oriented organization
dedicated to increasing the number of women participating in Computer Science
and Engineering(CSE) research and education at all levels.
In addition to increasing the number of women involved, we also seek to increase the degree of success they experience and to provide a forum for addressing problems that often fall disproportionately within women's domain. We are hopeful that the committee activities will also have a positive impact for other underrepresented groups in CSE and we are committed to improving the working environment for Computer Scientists and Engineers of both genders."
-Taken from the
CRA-W DMP Website
My Experience with CRA-W
I applied to CRA-W on the advice of my advisor, Professor Ellen Spertus. The application process was not hard. After being accepted, both my Mentor, Dr. Elaine Cohen, and Dr. Nancy Amato from CRA-W contacted me. All the living arrangements were made for me and the only thing I really had to do was show up :) ! Everyone I've met has made an effort to make things comfortable for us and I'm very glad to be here! I wasn't sure about coming to Utah as I consider myself a city-girl but the weather is great the landscape is beautiful and the people couldn't be more friendly without making me sick :)!!!! I'm intereseted in learning about Video Games/Graphics and would like to work in that industry so coming out here to learn from some of the best is a great opportunity. I highly recommend looking into this program if you'd like to gain research experience in your field of interest or are wondering what graduate school is like.
For More Information about CRA-W check out these sites:
CRA-W Home Page
Distributed Mentor Project
Previous DMP Awardees
For More information about Dr. Cohen please see her Department of Computer Science page.
For More information about me please see my Mills College Home Page.
This site last updated: July 10, 2002
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