Aspirations in Computing is a talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to aspiring technically inclined young women. Since 2007, NCWIT has inducted more than 2,500 young women into the Aspirations in Computing community and is helping to usher these women into technology careers.
Applications are open for the Award for Aspirations in Computing and the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award! Apply at www.aspirations.org.
NCWIT AspireIT – a component of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program – is a national initiative to increase girls' access to meaningful, inclusive computer science education during the middle school years. AspireIT dramatically widens the pool of middle school girls entering high school with computing experience, creates a community of peers engaged in technology exploration, fosters mentoring relationships with technical professionals, and increases girls' confidence in their technical abilities. Simultaneously, AspireIT supports high school and college women's persistence in computing by creating teaching and leadership opportunities.
The goal of NCWIT Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs is to furnish change agents with evidence-based resources for recruiting and retaining women. We advocate changing the system, not the women (read about Systemic Change.) Resources for accomplishing reform can be found here. The National Science Foundation has generously funded the development of these resources.
The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund awards NCWIT's Academic Alliance members at non-profit, U.S. institutions with start-up funds (up to $10,000 per project) to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting or retaining women in computing and IT. To date, 39 member organizations have received a total of $465,450 over the first ten rounds. We thank Microsoft Research for their support of the Seed Fund.
The NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award is given in memory of Mary Jean Harrold and David Notkin, in honor of their outstanding research, graduate mentoring, and diversity contributions. The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit, U.S. institutions who combine outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields.
The NCWIT Student Seed Fund has awarded $63,250 to 90 student-run programs with funds to recruit, retain, and support women in computing. These groups have provided outreach, mentoring, peer support, training, and professional development opportunities to more than 3,700 elementary middle-school, high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students.
The NCWIT Symons Innovator Award promotes women’s participation in information technology and entrepreneurship by honoring an outstanding woman who has successfully built and funded an IT business. By recognizing women IT entrepreneurs, the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award hopes to inspire others to pursue IT entrepreneurship, and increase awareness about the importance of women’s participation in IT innovation and business.
The annual NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes Academic Alliance representatives at non-profit, U.S. institutions 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.
Sometimes you have to sit to take a stand. Sit With Me invites you to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in a red chair and share your story. Pull up a chair and listen to stories from others; men, women, technical and non-technical, as they sit in the red chair.