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Reviewers Make Vital Contributions to Computer

Pages: pp. 89-91

In this last issue of Computer in 2004, I would like to extend my gratitude to the dedicated reviewers whose efforts make possible each issue of Computer. We rely on and highly value the peer review process and the reviewers who are at its very core.

Our reviewers contribute by reviewing papers as assigned in their technical area of expertise. They often comment on organization and clarity, questions of accuracy, disputed definitions, and the effectiveness of visual aids, figures, or other ancillary materials.

Reviewers for Computer work under the direction of Associate Editors in Chief Kathleen Swigger of the University of North Texas and Bill Schilit of Intel. Kathy and Bill have contributed extensively to Computer, and to the Computer Society, throughout 2004. Their expertise and commitment are critical components of our review process.

All of Computer's feature articles are subject to peer review, with a minimum of three reviewers examining each article. To the more than 225 professionals who contributed their time and expertise as Computer reviewers in 2004, please accept my thanks and my desire that you will continue to be available to review for Computer.

Our columns and departments are contributed or selected by content editors. To the column and department editors, please accept my gratitude for your valuable contributions. Finally, my thanks to our area editors and Advisory Panel, who give generously of their time to help with the review process. The names of the column editors, area editors, and Advisory Panel can be found on the masthead on page 2.

To become a reviewer for Computer, register at Your registration will inform us of your willingness to serve as a reviewer and will give us a profile of your areas of expertise.

Doris Carver, Editor in Chief


The CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is seeking female undergraduates and mentors for the annual Distributed Mentor Project. The project's mission is to increase the number of women in computer science and engineering graduate school programs. Outstanding students team with female mentors to cooperate on a summer research project hosted at the mentor's home institution.

The mentoring and research program aims to immerse the students in a work environment similar to what they would encounter in a graduate school or private research setting. Students are directly involved in research, meet and interact with graduate students and professors, and work with other researchers. Since many institutions do not have women among their computer engineering faculty, the program is designed to provide students with role models regardless of their geographic locations. The students often form close ties with their mentors, which increases the likelihood that the student will move on to postgraduate studies.

Participants create dedicated Web sites as part of their summer research activities. Web sites from past summers are available at

Two Distributed Mentor Project students were among the four student recipients of Google-sponsored Anita Borg Scholarships in 2004: Kami Vaniea of Oregon State University, who worked with mentor Elizabeth Sklar at Columbia University, and Neha Jain of North Carolina State University, who will work next summer with mentor Annie Anton at North Carolina State University. The $10,000 Borg scholarships are awarded based upon a candidate's academic background, responses to short essay questions, letters of recommendation, performance during telephone interviews, and demonstrated financial need.

The Distributed Mentor Project has operated since 1994 under a series of grants from the National Science Foundation. Student participants receive a $600 weekly stipend for up to 10 weeks of study at the host institution plus a travel allowance of up to $500. Mentors can receive $2,500 for mentoring one student or $4,000 for mentoring two or more.

To apply as an undergraduate or potential mentor, visit the CRA-W Distributed Mentor Project Web site at The deadline for applications to the summer 2005 program is 15 February.

The CRA works to foster leadership development among groups that are underrepresented in the computing profession. The IEEE Computer Society is one of the CRA's six sponsoring societies.


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