About Helen Fellows
Helen Fellows are women and gender non-binary undergraduates within Georgia Tech’s College of Computing who participate in a one-year paid fellowship in computing research and educational outreach. Fellows are particularly interested in exploring careers in computing research in academia or industry.
Helen Fellows work with Georgia Tech BridgeUP STEM faculty and their graduate student teams on real world research projects; serve as mentors to small groups of BridgeUP STEM Scholars; participate in professional development workshops; and engage in BridgeUP STEM community activities. Fellows also have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants for the June BridgeUP STEM Scholars coding course if the Fellows are not participating in an off-campus summer internship.
Fellows’ Opportunities that Enhance Computing Research Careers
- Work with BridgeUP STEM computing Faculty Mentors and their graduate student teams on real world research projects.
- Enhance their knowledge about qualitative and quantitative research methods via Research 101 orientation.
- Participate in professional development workshops focused on preparing Fellows for research careers in academia or industry.
- Serve as teaching assistants for the June BridgeUP STEM Scholars coding course if not participating in an off-campus summer internship.
- Gain mentoring experience through interactions with small groups of high school students who are BridgeUP STEM Scholars.
- Engage in fun community activities with others interested in STEM.
- Interact with computing researchers in academia and industry to gain an awareness of the career opportunities and the pathways to achieve their career goals.
- Join NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing Community, a network of nearly 20,000 technical women in computing and engineering.
- Be recognized for their research accomplishments by applying for the NCWIT Collegiate Award.
- Complete the online application (Applications opening soon).
- Participate in an interview with BridgeUP STEM team members if selected for an interview.
- Submit additional paperwork, as well as participate in a background check and minors on campus training if selected.
Summer 2023 (varies depending on Fellows’ summer internship plans):
- TA BridgeUP STEM Scholars coding class from June 5-30, 9am-3pm, M-F with coding instructors (if a Fellow does not have a conflicting off-campus summer internship).
- Attend summer Research 101 orientation workshops (dates TBD taking into consideration Fellows’ off-campus internship schedules; virtual option possible for those interning outside of Atlanta).
- Mentor BridgeUP STEM Scholars (virtual mentoring possible for Fellows with internships outside of Atlanta).
- Work with BridgeUP STEM computing faculty mentors and their graduate student teams in their research labs (if a Fellow does not have a conflicting off-campus summer internship).
Fall 2023 – Spring 2024:
- Work with BridgeUP STEM computing faculty mentors and their graduate student teams in their research labs.
- Assist with the facilitation of the BridgeUP STEM Scholars research class led by BridgeUP STEM faculty mentors and their graduate student teams on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 pm and virtually on Sundays from 2-4:30 pm during the academic year.
- Mentor BridgeUP STEM Scholars via both in-person and virtual activities.
- Participate in two to three community events per semester.
- Attend up to seven professional development workshops during the academic year.
- Identify as a woman or non-binary individual.
- Be a rising second or third year student pursuing a major within Georgia Tech’s College of Computing when submitting the application. (For example, if an application is submitted in the spring semester, the applicant will need to be either a second or third year student at the beginning of the next academic year.)
- Have an interest in computing research and mentoring high school students who are interested in STEM.
- Be available to assist with the facilitation of the BridgeUP STEM Scholars research class led by BridgeUP STEM faculty mentors and their graduate student teams on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 pm and virtually on Sundays from 2-4:30 pm during the academic year.
- Participate in other program components including Scholar mentoring, community events, research 101 orientation, and professional development workshop series.
- Considered to be a student in good standing at Georgia Tech.
Interested in Being a Helen Fellow?
Funding for the BridgeUP STEM program is provided by a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.