Prof. Jan Cuny Earns Habermann Award for Leadership

Jan Cuny portrait

Professor Jan Cuny, was recently named the winner of this year's CRA A. Nico Habermann Award. This award, given by the Computing Research Association, honors a person who has made outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and success of underrepresented members in the computing research community. The CRA board selected Prof. Cuny to receive the 2007 Award for "her dedication, effectiveness, national scope, breadth of impact, vision, and leadership in broadening the participation of all underrepresented groups in computing."

Prof. Cuny is co-founder of the CRA Grad Cohort and the Associate Professor Cohort programs, and co-author of the influential report, "Best Practices in the Recruitment and Retention of Women Graduate Students in Computer Science and Engineering". She has served as a mentor in the CRA-W Distributed Mentor Program, a summer research program for undergraduate women. In addition, she has been active in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, serving as its Program Chair, General Chair, and on its Steering Committee. Prof. Cuny is currently on leave, directing the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program at the National Science Foundation in Washington DC. The Habermann award committee characterized her leadership of BPC with the statement, "From the beginning of this program, her vision directed a process that has been a model of inclusiveness for diversity-oriented programs at NSF and elsewhere."

Prof. Cuny came to UO in 1993. She is a member of the Computational Science Institute, and was involved in collaborative research with geology faculty on Domain-Specific Environments for High-Performance Computing. Cuny has also been involved in the department's Women in Computer Science (WICS) group, started the NSF CSEM Scholars program which provided scholarships and career mentorship for students in computer science and mathematics.

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