Martine Ceberio, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science at The University of Texas at El Paso, is among 15 recipients nationwide to receive a $35,000 grant from exploreCSR: Google Grant Pilot Program for Undergraduate Computer Science Research Focused Workshops for Women. The award is geared toward better informing undergraduate students in computer science and related fields about the prospects of attending graduate school.
This grant is the result of a team effort across institutions, in which Ceberio is collaborating with Monika Akbar, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, and Ann Gates, Ph.D., chair of UTEP’s Computer Science Department. In addition, Ceberio is collaborating with Christian Servin, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science at El Paso Community College, and Enrico Pontelli, Ph.D., Dean of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University.
This grant will support a two-day, research-focused workshop to take place Nov. 16-17, during which undergraduate students will learn about life in and after graduate school directly from current graduate students and professional mentors. Participants will also be introduced to research. Those who choose to pursue research throughout the year will be given the opportunity to present their project during the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) summit in 2019.
“I think it’s a great program and I am happy to see that Google is doing this. It is something I’ve never seen before and I am really looking forward to it,” Ceberio said.
Ceberio completed Google’s Faculty in Residence program this past summer. The program gathered 21 faculty members from minority-serving institutions throughout the nation at Google’s Mountain View campus. According to Google, the cohort of faculty “explored hands-on, project-based learning workshops and resources to augment their curriculum, discussed industry expectations, learned more about the technical interviewing process, and immersed themselves in Google’s engineering culture. The program provided faculty the time, space, and opportunity to collaborate with each other in the creation of learning materials that will be applied in their classrooms when they return to campus this fall. Faculty also provided Google partners with important insights that will help our teams continue to advance their commitment to diversity and inclusion for both Googlers and users.”