Undergraduate Researchers Honored through 2023 CRA Awards

December 20, 2022

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Pictured left to right: Size Li, Adira Blumenthal, and Draco Xu

Three students from the University of Rochester were recognized through the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for 2023. This award program recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding potential in an area of computing research.  Sizhe Li was selected as a finalist, while Adira Blumenthal and Draco Xu each received an honorable mention.

According to the award committee, this year's nominees were a very impressive group. A number of them were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several were authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others had made presentations at major conferences, and some had produced software artifacts that were in widespread use. Many of the nominees had been involved in successful summer research or internship programs, many had been teaching assistants, tutors, or mentors, and a number had significant involvement in community volunteer efforts. It is quite an honor for our students to be selected.

A list of all winners, runners-up, finalists, and honorable mentions can be found on CRA's website ( In addition, the January 2023 issue of Computing Research News will include an article on the awards.