Thursday, May 6, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC -- President George W. Bush today awarded the Computing
Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing
Research (CRA-W) the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) for "significant
achievements in mentoring women across educational levels."
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John
Marburger, III, presented CRA-W representative Dr. Jan Cuny and
Co-Chair Dr. Mary Jean Harrold with the citation at a noon
ceremony in the
Eisenhower Executive Office Building. CRA-W was one of just eight
institutional winners of the annual award, given to those organizations
identified as "exemplars" and leaders in the national
to more fully
develop the Nation's human resources in science, mathematics and
The award cites CRA-W's work providing "hands-on research experiences,
mentoring, role models and information exchange to women
pursuing careers in
[the] field." CRA-W programs seek to increase the number of
in computer science and engineering, increase the degree of
experience, and provide a forum for addressing problems that often
disproportionately within women's domain.
In a message from the President read by Marburger at the ceremony,
noted that new technology was redefining the American
workplace and that, "in order to stay on the leading edge we must insure the
people from diverse backgrounds and experiences."
"The programs recognized today will serve as role models [in
the President's message said.
"I'm incredibly pleased that the long-term work of CRA-W has received this
said. "CRA-W's success is owed to
a long progression of women in computing who gave - and give - of their
time and effort to share their knowledge and experiences with the next generation.
As the President noted, the country will be well-served by continuing
to increase the participation of underrepresented groups."
"The problem is particularly acute in computing," Cuny
said. "Five of the 10 fastest growing occupations in the next decade
computer related, but women make up less than a third of the IT workforce
and an even smaller percentage of the academic pipeline. This underrepresentation
represents a loss of talent and creativity that we will need shaping the future
role of technology in society."
In addition to the Presidential Citation, the award also
includes $10,000 to
be used by CRA-W to further its efforts. In addition to the eight
institutional awards, the President also named nine individual awards for