Interested in running an empirical CS education research project and want to work with other like-minded researchers?

Are you not sure how to get started with a research project in your classroom?  

We invite you to apply for the 2020 Workshop on Developing Empirical Education Research Studies in CS.  The goal of the 2 1/2-day workshop is to create a replicable empirical research study to assess a meaningful educational research question.  Workshop participants will work together and with the workshop organizers to create individual research plans that will be run in future classes. To reduce the burden of conducting the study in your classroom, we will provide continuing support (e.g., anonymization, development of automated analysis, etc.) for developing and running the study that will become part of the replication package.

Participants will be expected to commit to the following that will hopefully lead to one or more publications on the work:

  • Attend the summer workshop from July 14-16, 2020 in Charlottesville, VA at the University of Virginia
  • Run your study in a class during AY 20-21
  • Participate in bi-weekly follow-on calls to keep studies on track
  • Attend a follow-on workshop at SIGCSE 2021 in Toronto, Canada

The summer workshop travel and partial travel support to SIGCSE 2021 will be covered by the grant for workshop participants.

We will begin application review on April 15th, but will continue to accept applications through May 15th (or until all slots are filled). We will begin notifying participants towards the end of April or beginning of May.

Given the current pandemic and the uncertainty of travel, we are making plans to hold the workshop online this summer should that be necessary. We will communicate more details with accepted participants as the time nears.

If you have any questions about DEERS or how to apply, email

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The workshop is supported by a National Science Foundation I-USE grant titled “Transforming Computer Science Education Research Through Use of Appropriate Empirical Research Methods: Mentoring and Tutorials” (DUE #1525373).

Jeff Carver, University of Alabama

Sarah Heckman, NC State University

Mark Sherriff, University of Virginia