Featured Publications

Menzel, S., Siek, K. A., & Crandall, D. (2019, February). Hello Research! Developing an intensive research experience for undergraduate women. In Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 997-1003).

This paper describes the design and implementation of a three-day intensive research experience (IRE) workshop for undergraduate women in Computer Science. Expanding on a model pioneered at Carnegie Mellon University, we developed and piloted a regional variant called HelloResearch at Indiana University. Participants were actively recruited from our own and neighboring states. Industry partners provided […]

Haschenburger, J. K., Gray, W., Godet, A., Suarez, M. B., & Núñez, A. M. (2021). Recruiting all the talent into undergraduate STEM student success programs using an invitational approach. Journal of Geoscience Education, 1-17.

Student success programs have achieved demonstrated benefits in broadening participation in the geosciences and other STEM fields. These programs typically require an application from potential participants despite known challenges in recruiting students from historically underrepresented populations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an invitational recruitment strategy for engaging undergraduate geology […]

Rorrer, A. S., Moghadam, S. H., Spencer, B., & Sun, T. (2020, March). eCSR: Creating intensive research experiences that cultivate community for undergraduate women & women of color. In 2020 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT) (Vol. 1, pp. 1-4). IEEE.

The explore CS Research (eCSR) program is a university awards program created to support the design, development, and execution of research-focused workshops that provide opportunities for undergraduate women in Computer Science to learn more about research pathways and work on exploratory research problems. During the inaugural year of 2018- 19, the program funded intensive research […]

Rorrer, A., Spencer, B., Davis, S., Moghadam, S. H., Holmes, D., & Grainger, C. (2021, March). Understanding immersive research experiences that build community, equity, and inclusion. In Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 149-155).

In this experience report, we describe the rationale and need for immersive research experiences (IREs) in computer science (CS) that are designed to foster an inclusive community that encourages pursuit of graduate education for undergraduate women. Google’s exploreCSR supports institutions across the US to execute IREs in computing throughout the academic year. We describe the […]

Spencer, B., Rorrer, A., Davis, S., Moghadam, S. H., & Grainger, C. (2021, May). The Role of ‘Intersectional Capital’in Undergraduate Women’s Engagement in Research-Focused Computing Workshops. In 2021 Conference on Research in Equitable and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT) (pp. 1-6). IEEE.

This paper examines how undergraduate women are supported in computing across their multiple and interlocking social identities of gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Through a mixed-methods study of women’s participation in Google-sponsored computing research workshops at 29 U.S. universities, contextualized by both science capital theory and intersectionality theory, we developed a novel theoretical framework of […]