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 November 2019
Volume 9, Issue 10
Welcome to the November 2019 issue of the CMD-IT newsletter.  This month we are pleased to announce that CMD-IT received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant to expand the work with the FLIP Alliance. The newsletter also includes the graduate application deadlines for the FLIP Alliance universities - be sure to get your applications in before the deadline.

Applications are now being accepted for two major programs:
  • 2020 Academic Careers Workshop for under-represented assistant and associate level faculty, senior graduate students, and postdocs
  • 2020 University Award for retention of students from under-represented groups in computing
We wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Best Regards,
CMD-IT Leadership   
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant    to Support FLIP Alliance
CMD-IT received a two year, $250,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the FLIP Alliance. The objective of the FLIP Alliance is to increase faculty diversity in computing at research universities by increasing the diversity of PhD graduates from the top producers of computing faculty. The FLIP Alliance is focused on four underrepresented groups in computing: African Americans; Hispanics; Native Americans and indigenous peoples; and Persons with Disabilities.

The Sloan Foundation grant builds upon the accomplishments from NSF INCLUDES demonstration project, which focused on recruiting, graduate admissions, and professional development.  The Sloan grant will focus on effective strategies to retain diverse graduate students, building a sense of community among the FLIP Fellows, and encouraging the pursuit of academic careers.  The FLIP Alliance will continue with its strategies focused on recruiting and graduate admissions.
2020 CMD-IT University Award 
Open for Nominations
CMD-IT University Award for Retention of Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Computer Science is now open for nominations.  The CMD-IT University Award recognizes US institutions that have demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing the computer science baccalaureate degree production of minorities and students with disabilities, through effective retention programs.The University Award includes a $15,000 prize, an award, and an invitation to give a presentation at the 2020 Tapia Conference Faculty Workshop.

2019 University Award Recipient University of Texas at El Paso

Nominations are due on June 1, 2020. Award decisions will be made by July 1, 2020.  

Academic Careers Workshop
Applications Now Open

The 2020 Academic Career Workshop for Under-represented Junior Faculty and Senior Graduate Students and Postdocs will take place April 2-5, 2020 in Houston Texas.

The goal of the workshop is to mentor under-represented assistant- and associate-level faculty, senior doctoral students, and postdocs about the academic career ladder. The workshop will include panels of diverse senior faculty talking about the tenure and promotion process, launching a research program, professionalism, effective teaching strategies, and a detailed session on proposal writing. In addition, the workshop will include a discussion about alternative career paths.

Applications are now open. Support for travel, hotel, and meals is provided for all participants through a grant from the National Science Foundation.  

 Applications are due February 3, 2020.

FLIP Fellows Attend 
2019 Microsoft PhD Summit

FLIP Fellows participated in the Microsoft PhD Summit held at Microsoft Research Redmond on October 14-15. This workshop provided opportunities for participants to learn about the research at Microsoft in areas such as AI and quantum computing, participate in a poster session, meet with Microsoft researchers via individual meetings, and network with other PhD students.  The event kicked off with a keynote talk from Donald Kossmann, Distinguished Scientist and Director of Redmond Lab.  The FLIP Fellows found the event to be very informative and engaging.

In This Issue
FLIP Alliance University Deadlines
FLIP Alliance University graduate application deadlines are coming soon. Many of the institutions offer application waivers for students with financial need.

December 3, 2019
Stanford University

December 12, 2019
Carnegie Mellon University 

December 16, 2019
University of Washington
Job Postings
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University

Winthrop University


SRI International

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Reed College

Khoury College of Computer Sciences,  Northeastern University

Assistant and Associate Professors
University of North Texas

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December 2019

6 December 2019

15 December 2019

6 January 2020

22-25 January 2020

7-12 February 2020

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25-29 March 2020

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21-23 July 2020

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