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I'm going to Grad Cohort 2009! [Mar. 19th, 2009|02:31 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Next weekend, I'll be heading to San Mateo to attend this year's CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop. Cool!

It almost feels like overkill to say "I've been accepted to attend a workshop", since the application process was so simple. Pretty much all I had to do was complete a form confirming that I was a real live actual female computer science Ph.D. student. It took fewer than five minutes. I didn't need references. I didn't have to write any essays. I've been in grad school for less than a year; I don't have any publications; I haven't given the workshop organizers any particular reason to believe I'm special -- and yet they're willing to pay for me to fly across the country and put me up in a hotel so that I can attend this event.

I had a conversation about this with one of the professors in my department, and she pointed out that the cost of a short trip to the west coast is a pretty small investment in return for having another woman who devotes her 40-50 year career to computer science. That helps put it in perspective, if you believe that diversity is important for its own sake (which I do).1


  1. But it seems to imply that the workshop organizers have assumed that I'm going to be a computer scientist for 40 or 50 years. That would be a very big assumption to make.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2009-03-19 11:14 pm (UTC)

"Land's end!"

Speaking of CRA-W -- maybe you'll get a red shirt with a big white star on it!

(so they got back to you and worked things out? :) )
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2009-03-19 11:22 pm (UTC)

Re: "Land's end!"

Yep, they did! They say I can expect to find out who I'm rooming with by Monday.
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[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2009-03-21 04:38 pm (UTC)

Re: "Land's end!"

Did you know that Lands' End actually places their apostrophe after the s in Lands? It's kind of weird.
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[User Picture]From: pmb
2009-03-19 11:15 pm (UTC)
That would be a very big assumption to make.

Not that big. You are in a PhD program. I thought I could maintain an ironic distance and it sucked me in. If you successfully get a PhD you may not forever be an academic, but you will definitely forever be a computer scientist.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2009-03-19 11:35 pm (UTC)
If you successfully get a PhD you may not forever be an academic, but you will definitely forever be a computer scientist.

Granted. I just don't want anyone to feel like their trust has been betrayed if, after having happily accepted these workshop invitations, I go off for a while and do something that has nothing whatsoever to do with computer science.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2009-03-22 02:53 am (UTC)

Re: Californie

Thanks, I will. The workshop ends in the early afternoon on Saturday, but (again!) my flight out doesn't leave until 12:30 a.m. (what is it with that?), so I'll have free time on Saturday (unless there's homework I'm freaking out about).
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