This program seems like potentially a real boon for student-faculty research teams at small liberal arts colleges, where there might not be a local community of undergraduate CS researchers. I've recommended it to my colleagues who will have student research assistants this fall.

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Date: Tue, Jun 27, 2023 at 2:17 PM
Subject: [SIGCSE-MEMBERS] UR2PhD Accepting Applications from Individual Students--please encourage women to apply
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Dear Colleagues,

The leadership of the CRA National Virtual Computing Research Program (UR2PhD) is seeking your help in spreading the word to undergraduates students–and particularly undergraduate women–in your networks. The goal of UR2PhD is to vastly increase the number of women and other gender-marginalized undergraduates (and especially Black, Latina, and Native women students) who have high-quality undergraduate research experiences and continue into PhD programs.

Please help us invite your undergraduate students to participate in UR2PhD’s Early Undergraduate Research Support and Training by forwarding the email below to your students. Please also share this opportunity with your colleagues who may wish to have their research students participate.  

More details about this new and unique program that supports new undergraduate researchers can be found at  Note that in order to apply, students must already have identified a research mentor and a team of at least one other undergraduate student working on the same project who will also apply to this program.

Thank you, 

The UR2PhD Program Leadership

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We are inviting undergraduate students to apply to participate in a new CRA program called UR2PhD, whose goal is to vastly increase the number of women and other gender-marginalized students (and especially Black, Latina and Native women students) who have high-quality undergraduate research experiences and continue into PhD programs. 

Participation in this program will include engaging in a research project with a faculty member and team of one or more other undergraduate students at your local college or university while simultaneously participating in a 12-week virtual, synchronous research methods course and support program for new undergraduate researchers. This course was designed to help ease students with no prior research experience into their first research experience. 

The research methods course will teach you about the foundations of research (e.g., reading a research paper, doing a literature review, identifying and communicating a research problem, etc.) as well as foster a peer network of support – you’ll get to meet other students in computing doing research as undergraduates.   Assignments for the class will be closely tied to the work that you are doing as an undergraduate researcher (an opportunity to practice your new skills in the context of YOUR research study).

Prior research experience is not required for applying to this program.  However, in order to apply you must first identify: (1) a research mentor (faculty or graduate student) at your institution, and (2) at least one other undergraduate student who will work with you on the same project and also apply to participate in the UR2PhD program.


The undergraduate research methods course is scheduled to run September 18 through December 8, 2023, but these dates are subject to change slightly.    

To Apply:

Please complete this Google form:

You must apply with at least one other student who will be working on the same project (larger teams are acceptable), and you must have identified a faculty or grad student mentor at your institution who agrees to supervise your research.   

Student teams that apply by August 1 will be given priority consideration.  Applications will be accepted until the course is full or the course begins.

More Information:

More information about UR2PhD can be found at and questions can be sent to [log in to unmask].

Christine Alvarado
Paul R. Kube Chair and Teaching Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Associate Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
University of California, San Diego
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Office: CSE 2110

Janet Davis (she/her)
Department Chair, Computer Science
Associate Professor and Microsoft Chair of Computer Science
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362
206-383-8798 (cell),
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