The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab (CRCL) was started in 2011, by Dr. Kinnis Gosha. Since then, the lab has gained national notoriety as the top producer of Black male PhD students in Computer Science. Students in the CRCL come from diverse set of majors and primarily from Morehouse College. Members of the lab work to investigate problems that intersect with computing, culture and society.
Student researchers “Know their R.O.L.E.”. The R stands for Research, the O is for Outreach, L is for Leadership and E is for Entrepreneurship. Students that join the lab focus on at least one of these areas in addition to being assigned a leadership position within the lab. Once accepted, student researchers typically work in the CRCL on Morehouse’s campus their first summer and have the option to pursue research opportunities at other research institutions their second summer.
At the end of an on-campus summer research experience, student researchers are required to complete a research poster or paper for submission to a peer-reviewed conference or journal publication. Before conducting any research, all student researchers are required to complete Human Subjects Assurance training. Please contact Dr. Kinnis Gosha for more information on working in the CRCL.
Students from the lab participate in the following conferences on a consistent basis: Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), National Society of Blacks in Computing (NSBC), Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, World Conference on E-Learning, ACM Annual Southeast Conference (ACMSE) and Association of Computer/Information Sciences and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI).
CRCL student researchers are encouraged to spend at least one summer working in the CRCL. Those interested in conducting summer research in the CRCL should contact the Director, Dr. Kinnis Gosha. Students in the past have participated in summer research experiences at other locations including the following: the Army Research Lab, Auburn University, Clemson University, Georgia Tech, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oregon State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stanford University, University of Hawaii at Hilo, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Minnesota and the University of Washington.
Funding for many of CRCL’s research projects are made possible through grants provided from a variety of sources including but not limited to the following:
- National Science Foundation
- Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
- The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement
- Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC)
- CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W)
- Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Associated Colleges of the South
- The Boeing Company
- NIH Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) U-STAR Program
- DoD Funded Dr. John H. Hopps, Jr. Defense Research Scholars Program