#BackToSchool: Inspire and Engage Undergraduate Women in Computing
September 18, 2015
The 2015-16 school season is in full swing, and it’s a perfect time to inspire and engage students to choose computing pathways that will lead them to create technological innovations that infuse our daily lives and propel societies.
As change leaders for women in tech, encouraging women to persist in computing is one of the most important assignments to tackle. This newsletter features NCWIT resources and programs focused on retaining undergraduate women in computing by using strategies such as creating a sense of belonging, designing inclusive environments, and providing effective feedback using a growth mindset.
In the spirit of #BackToSchool, we look forward to equipping you with more NCWIT programs and resources to help you achieve your goals as a change leader.
How to Create and Sustain a Women in Computing Group on Your Campus — A Women in Computing (WIC) group on campus can increase members’ confidence and enjoyment of their studies, help reduce their feelings of isolation, dispel common myths and stereotypes, and empower members to actively recruit and mentor others. While establishing a WIC group can be challenging, this resource outlines several helpful tips.
This fall, the NCWIT Student Seed Fund, sponsored by Google.org in partnership with ACM-W, is expanding to offer up to $15,000 in awards to support the needs of Women in Computing (WIC) groups at different stages of development and varied institutional sizes.
Applications are open for all three awards through October 30, 2015:
Amplification Award (up to $5,000): Funding at this level is intended for existing groups interested in expanding their impact through current and new programs on their campus and in their geographic region. Recipients of this funding will also have the opportunity to mentor an emerging WIC group at another institution. Apply for the Amplification Award.
Eligible student groups are an existing ACM-W student chapter, or interested in affiliating their WIC group as an ACM-W student chapter, on the campus of a non-profit NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) institution within the United States:
Not an ACM-W student chapter? Click here to get started.
All current AA members can be found here. Not on an AA member’s campus? Non-profit institutions within the U.S. can apply for free membership here. Visit www.ncwit.org/aa for more information about the NCWIT Academic Alliance.
NCWIT would like to acknowledge past sponsors of the Student Seed Fund: Symantec and ReturnPath. View the Spring 2015 (Round 10) Winners here.
Thanks to generous support from HP and Qualcomm, a college entry point into the Aspirations Community is available for technical women in college who weren’t previously exposed during high school.
Benefits to women who become part of this vast network include visibility for technical achievements; private invitations to virtual and in-person meetups; exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and job opportunities; and more.
The NCWIT Collegiate Award, sponsored by HP and Qualcomm, honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of undergraduate women at the junior level and above. The award recognizes a specific technical project that demonstrates a high level of creativity and potential societal impact.
Each Collegiate Award winner receives a $7,500 cash award, an engraved award, and a trip to the award ceremony annual NCWIT Summit on Women and IT.