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exploreCSR (Google Research)

Org: Google

Since 2018, the exploreCSR awards have supported universities to design and host research-focused workshops during the academic year that expose students from underrepresented groups to computing research methodologies and career pathways. In addition to receiving funding, awardees have the opportunity to join a community of practice, participate in cross-site evaluation of student outcomes, and collaborate with Google researchers.

  • Eligible to university faculty
  • Awards are disbursed as unrestricted gifts to the university and are not intended for overhead or indirect costs
  • Universities may receive funding for a maximum of three non-consecutive years, with funding intended to be used in the academic year the award is provided:
    • Year one: up to $18,000 (USD)
    • Year two: up to $15,000 (USD)
    • Year three: up to $10,000 (USD)

Strong applications will demonstrate how the proposed workshop builds student self-efficacy, sense of belonging, practical skills and motivation to pursue computing research, as well as provide actionable strategies to pursue graduate studies. Workshops often include:

  • Introductory, experiential research problems that students solve in teams with peers and faculty
  • Skill building strategies for reviewing articles, designing experiments, creating posters and leveraging cutting-edge technologies
  • Panels, presentations and mentorship from faculty, graduate students and industry researchers
  • Advising on the graduate admission process, transition to graduate school life, and academic and financial resources
  • Opportunities for students to share and discuss their questions and goals with peers
  • Follow-up social events and research opportunities to engage students throughout the academic year


Intended Level(s)

Intended Population
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women

Program Costs

Program Matching Funds Available?
This is a university awards program.

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