NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing News








Know a tech-savvy young woman in the Denver area?

Encourage her to apply for the Denver Metro NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is the only award of its kind to recognize young women at the high-school level for their outstanding aptitude in computing and technology, great leadership ability, and aspirations for a career in technology.

Each qualified award recipient receives $100 cash award from NCWIT, an engraved award for the student and her school, and recognition at the Denver Metro NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Event on June 28, 2010.

Applications are due April 30, 2010. Visit for more information.


NCWIT Award-winner Selected as “I Can Be” Barbie Mentee

2010 National and Illinois Affiliate Winner, Ciara Proctor, was selected to spend a day with Yoky Matsuoka, a renowned computer scientist and neurobotics pioneer. This opportunity was made possible by Mattel’s “I Can Be,” which named Yoky as one of its “10 Women to Watch in 2010.” Ciara will be asked to share her experience on April 22, 2010 as part of Mattel’s “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day,” celebration.

To read Ciara’s biography, download the Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony program here.

  Ciara Proctor   Yoky Matsuoka   Computer Engineering Barbie  

Congratulations to our 2010 Award-winners!

On March 27, 2010, NCWIT and Bank of America welcomed the 32 winners of the national NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing to Bank of America’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, for an award ceremony to honor their phenomenal computing achievements and aspirations. The 2010 national award-winners were selected from an outstanding pool of 700 applicants, representing 49 of 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico; the 32 winners attend private, public and home-school institutions, and hail from big cities, suburban communities, and rural America.

  Congratulations to our 2010 Award-winners!  

By generating visibility for these young women, the Award encourages their continued interests in computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women’s participation.

One winner said, “Because of this award I am more excited to study and work in a science/math/engineering/technology field, and confident in myself, my abilities, and the work I’ve done. It also was also great to meet so many other talented girls who also enjoy STEM.”

NCWIT will also honor local winners of the 2010 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing during a Community Reception at the upcoming NCWIT Summit on Women and IT in Portland, OR.

Growing the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

In addition to the 2010 National Award, NCWIT held three pilot “affiliate” competitions in Texas, Illinois, and Florida. These three regional events became seven local award programs, held in Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Austin, and El Paso, recognizing 72 impressive young women. Each event was unique — from an afternoon dessert to a sit-down dinner — with award-winners receiving prizes from local sponsors and NCWIT members nationwide. Local committees worked hard to spread the word about the award in their communities, recruit application reviewers, and plan the award events.

After attending a Texas event, NCWIT Academic Alliance member and Texas Affiliate Committee member, Dr. Steven Roach of University of Texas at El Paso, said, “We had a great time! These girls are real gems. It was so much fun talking to them. We had about 50 people: girls, parents, families, teachers, faculty, UTEP students, and industry folks. One of the industry reps offered to take them to lunch and let them shadow an engineer for several hours. The high school teachers talked to UTEP faculty about increasing the level of contact between UTEP and the high schools.”

The 2010 pilot affiliate competitions enabled NCWIT to build components needed for future affiliate competitions, including an implementation and promotional toolkit and a web-based platform for processing applications. Through the affiliate programs, NCWIT plans to grow the Award to recognize more than 1,500 young women annually by 2012. Microsoft will be sponsoring new affiliate competitions around the country. We thank the Motorola Foundation and Google for start-up sponsorship, as well as our member organizations for their support.

For more information about the affiliate award programs visit


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