Nineteen Women in Computing (WiC) groups will expand their initiatives to increase women’s participation in technical studies at the higher-education level.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announced a total of $95,000 in grants awarded through the NCWIT Student Seed Fund to nineteen Women in Computing (WiC) groups at higher education institutions, as part of the non-profit’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity in the technology industry.
Sponsored by Google.org with support from ACM-W, the Student Seed Fund supports the growth of WiC groups at different stages of development and varied institutional sizes. The technology-related learning and advancement opportunities of these groups include programming workshops, peer mentoring and support, professional training, after-school programs, and more.
“Women earned less than one-fifth of all computer and information sciences undergraduate degrees in 2014,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “Engaging tech-related activities and opportunities can help to reverse this trend by reducing entry barriers and appealing to a variety of students.”
The grants are awarded to institutions where the WiC groups reside in three categories: Trailblazer, Amplification, and Start-up. For more information about the funded projects, please visit www.ncwit.org/SSFWinter2016.
Trailblazer Award winners receive up to $15,000 each in support of institution-wide projects such as funding large-scale events or academic course development. The Winter 2016 recipients are Indiana University Bloomington and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Amplification Award winners receive up to $5,000 each in support of expanding their impact through existing 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. The Winter 2016 recipients are California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Miami Dade College; the University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Missouri University of Science and Technology; the University of Pennsylvania; Renesslaer Polytechnic Institute; and Villanova University.
Start-up Funding recipients receive up to $3,000 each in support of students looking to start a new ACM-W chapter on campus. The Winter 2016 recipients are the University at Albany – SUNY; Brigham Young University; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Columbus State University; Farleigh Dickinson University; Michigan Technological University; Monmouth University; the University of Pittsburgh; the University of San Francisco; and Santa Fe College.
Applications for the Spring 2016 NCWIT Student Seed Fund are open through April 30, 2016. For application details, please visit www.ncwit.org/studentseedfund.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit change leader network of more than 650 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources and platforms for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.
NCWIT receives significant financial support from Lifetime Partner Apple, Strategic Partners NSF, Microsoft, Bank of America, Google, and Intel, as well as from Investment Partners Avaya, Pfizer, Merck, AT&T, Bloomberg, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. View all of NCWIT’s supporters, and find out more at www.ncwit.org.