Tuesday, September 1, 2009

About the Project and About the Blog

Anthony and I are doing a year-long independent study / research project on the culture of computing specifically on how cultural attitudes towards Computer Science affect women's representation in the field. Our full proposal is detailed in an earlier post. Our advisor is Dr. Carol Frieze who has done a great deal of research in the area of the culture of computing.

We are able to do this research through the Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) program which is a program designed to provide positive research experience for teams of undergraduate students. The CREU program is a joint program of the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing (CRA-W) and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC). The goal of the CREU program is to increase the numbers of women and minorities who continue on to graduate school in computing related fields.

Part of the CREU program is maintaining a weekly journal and website, documenting progress on the project, by the students involved in the project. So, Anthony and I will be using this blog to give (at least) weekly updates. We also have a separate web page that currently has bios and a copy of our proposal that we may use to document progress.

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