Awards and Scholarships

CS Diversity Award

Starting Spring 2022, CS Diversity Award recognizes student project and research work in the school of computing science towards achieving inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice (EDIJ) in Computing Science Research, Educational, and Professional Practices.

Award Value: $1000


A student or group of students who performed a project towards achieving inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice (EDIJ) in Computing Science Research, Educational, and Professional Practices may submit their project for this award.

  • The project may be a course project, capstone project, or an independent student research or implementation project.
  • EDIJ goals may be met in the project subject and goals or in the associated practices.

The submission process is through self-nomination: Students submit their project and argument for eligibility in order to be considered for this award.

Selection Criteria 

Award in CS Diversity will be awarded to a project performed by a student or a group of students, meeting either of the following requirements.

1)    Subject & Goals: The subject of the project or research is on use of computing science and technology to meet and enhance upon EDIJ goals, including but not limited to the following categories

a)     Technology for social good 

(e.g., data access, accessibility practices, digital democracy, digital justice solutions, etc.)  

b)    Combating biases and ill-practices in computing science education and professional practices

(e.g., debiasing AI, Combating misinformation and disinformation, etc.)

c) Endeavor to demonstrate intellectual excellence in addressing EDIJ goals in computing science

2)    Participants & Practices: The student or the student team show excellence and commitment to EDIJ in practice

a)  Commitment to diversity and inclusion in team forming 

(e.g., minority representation or gender-diversity in teams)

b)    Use of EDIJ research or practice methodologies 

(e.g., channels for including historically marginalized ideas)

Selection Process

  • The award is adjudicated by the members of the Computing Science Diversity Committee.
  • A set of projects will be selected by CSDC for presentation. All projects selected for the presentation day will be highlighted on CSDC website. 
  • The final award announcement among the presented projects will be made on the day of the presentations by the award committee.

Link to Submission form

Important Dates

Applications Open: Feb 17, 2023

Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

Notification for Presentation: March 20, 2023

Presentation & Final Award Announcement Day: March 29, 2023 (3-5pm), in-person, Big Data Hub Presentation Studio

5 x Allocadia Graduate-Undergrad Research Grants ($850 each)

Description: Funding is available for five graduate and undergraduate students to work on small research projects under supervision of a female faculty. The awards are worth $850 each.


  • Female Student at SFU CS
  • 35-hour time commitment over two months

Student Application Deadline: Sep 20, 2021

Project Start: Oct 15, 2021

Project Deadline: Dec 15, 2021

Application process:

  • Please email a copy of your advising transcript, and your resume to
  • Indicate in your email the project (from the list below) for which you are applying for Allocadia Graduate-Undergrad Research Grant

Title: A comparison analysis of university computer science technical writing curriculum in North America. 

Description:  A comparative analysis through curriculum mapping would allow for the determination of common course descriptions, objectives, contents, learning activities, and instructional materials, as well as the methods used for assessment and evaluation. This study would reaffirm the current curriculum, as well as facilitate  to its evolution in order to meet the needs of students, the institution, as well as the demands made by industry. 

Number of Students Needed: 1

Title: Social Robots for Healthcare

Description: You will be assisting with reading research papers on the topic of social robots for the healthcare domain. We are conducting a large-scale review (summary) of the field and need assistance reading and extracting data from the papers. You will learn how social robots are used in the medical field, gain a solid intuition for how research papers are written, as well as learn important concepts in the field of human-robot interaction.

Number of Students Needed: 2

Title: User experiences of security and privacy

Description:  When users look for advice on security, whether for their end-device or cloud service usage, general advice on the lines of strong passwords, password managers, two factor authentication, and improving network access security are suggested by the device manufacturers. However, many of these advice fail users in protecting their security and privacy, and in recovering from their compromised state. This research focuses on analyzing the current user experience of security, and the quality of advice and support received by the users from manufacturers, and service providers.

Number of Students Needed: 2