NCWIT Academic Alliance: Spring 2021 Newsletter

Spring 2021 Newsletter
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Happy March! The NCWIT Academic Alliance seeks to support you, your colleagues, and your institutions as we all continue to navigate a new normal. This edition of our newsletter covers NCWIT@SIGCSE, Academic Alliance Awards announcements, and our new Academic Alliance Advisory Board. 

To learn more about the NCWIT Academic Alliance, visit Encourage your colleagues to participate with NCWIT by sharing this newsletter and encouraging them to become member representatives for your institution.

Newsletter Circle Thumb: NCWIT@SIGCSENCWIT @ SIGCSE

Attending SIGCSE'21? Check out the full schedule of NCWIT’s participation. Visit us at the NCWIT vBooth to see what’s new, get links to new resources, or to just chat!

NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and
Graduate Mentoring Award

NCWIT is pleased to announce Dr. Barbara Ryder from Virginia Tech as the 2021 recipient of the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award. This prestigious award is given in memory of Mary Jean Harrold and David Notkin, in honor of their outstanding research, graduate mentoring, and diversity contributions.  Virginia Tech will be presented with a $5,000 gift to continue Dr. Ryder’s research.

Awardees for the NCWIT Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Research Announced

NCWIT has selected four recipients for the 2021 Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Research (MAUR). Awardees were selected for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields. Please help us celebrate the winners:

  • Haiyan Cheng, Willamette University
  • Diba Mirza, University of California – Santa Cruz
  • Damla Turgut, University of Central Florida
  • Gloria Washington, Howard University

Recipients’ institutions will be presented with a $5,000 gift to support the recipients’ research. 

NCWIT Seed Fund Awardees Announced

In response to COVID and its effects on education, the 2021 Seed Fund focused on online initiatives for building inclusivity within postsecondary computing and technology programs. Two Seed Funds of $20,000 each were awarded to support the following projects: 

  • College of St. Scholastica: Thomas Gibbons and Jennifer Rosato
    Creating Welcoming Virtual Environments through Marketing and LMS
  • Georgia Gwinnett College: Lorraine Jonassen, Hyesung Park, Wei Jin, and Sonal Dekhane
    Virtual Peer Mentoring (VPM) to Engage and Retain Underrepresented Minorities in Information Technology

Academic Alliance Advisory Board

Last summer, we reconstituted our AAAB to be more reflective of our membership. Check out our new advisory board members and their experiences.

Newsletter Circle Thumb: AiC Group PhotoThe Aspirations Community is for College Students too!

Today is an excellent day to encourage your undergraduate and graduate students to join the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community, a national group of nearly 20,000 women in tech. Community members gain access to private virtual networking platforms for women in tech and other opportunities.

Pathways in Technology Scholarship from Cognizant US Foundation (Student Opportunity)

Encourage your students to apply for Cognizant’s Pathways in Technology scholarship. This scholarship supports women and other underrepresented identities as they pursue degrees in computer science. Send this information to your students today!

Newsletter Circle Thumb: NCWIT Higher-EdGet (and stay) connected to the
Academic Alliance.

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