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 2021 Workshop on Developing Empirical Education Research Studies in CS (DEERS), July 12-15, 2021.  With travel still uncertain for this summer and with the success of running the workshop online in 2020, we will again be offering DEERS as a four-day virtual experience.

Planned Daily Schedule (Monday through Thursday):

  • Complete provided independent pre-work before the day’s group meeting (including video lecture and worksheets)
  • Office hours with one or more workshop facilitators from 11am-noon EDT (as needed)
  • Full group meetings + breakouts for discussion and feedback from 2p-4p EDT (required)

The goal of the 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 online workshop from July 12-15, 2021
  • Run your study in a class during AY 21-22
  • Participate in bi-weekly follow-on calls to keep studies on track
  • Attend a follow-on workshop at SIGCSE TS 2022 in Providence, RI

Deadline for application is April 15th.  Notification of participation will be toward the end of April/beginning of May.

If you have any questions about DEERS or how to apply, DEERS organizers will be available throughout the 2021 SIGCSE Technical Symposium in Pathable!  Request a meeting with us through the “Schedule Meeting” feature in Pathable through the Attendees tab or feel free to email us at

See for more information or apply at !

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