NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund

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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, 43 member organizations have received a total of $505,450 to grow their technology-related outreach program. We thank Microsoft Research for their support of the Seed Fund.

February 2015 (Round 11):

Microsoft Research and NCWIT were pleased to announce the 11th round of Seed Fund winners via Press ReleaseWe look forward to hearing the winners speak about their projects at the 2015 Summit in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–Daytona Beach will help fund a woman’s engineering institute to recruit and retain female undergraduate and graduate students. The program will provide female students with unique mentoring and networking opportunities and will connect them with industry partners who are looking to hire recent female graduates. Project Principle Investigator(s): Shafagh Jafer
  • University of Maryland-College Park aims to host five workshops for high school and undergraduate students to kindle interest in computing fields. The workshops include hands-on activities involving web development, app development, Internet protection, grad school applications, and job interview exercises. Project Principle Investigator(s): Jandelyn Plane, Anusha Gururaj
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro, in collaboration with Kennesaw State University, plans to host a three-day program that provides rising female sophomore students with an opportunity to get a head start on programming skills. The program aims to foster female students’ interest in information systems through engaging in hands-on projects, mentoring and networking with IT professionals, and socializing with their peers. Project Principle Investigator(s): Lakshmi Iyer, Sweta Sneha
  • University of Texas-Dallas (UTD) intends to facilitate a summertime, residential, overnight camp experience for incoming freshmen female students who have been accepted to UTD for the fall semester. The program will help develop a community for attendees to meet faculty, do hands-on activities, and network with career professionals. Project Principle Investigator(s): Janell Straach, Mary Partain

Left to Right: Krysta Svore (Microsoft Research), Elise Deitrick accepting for Benjamin Shapiro (Tufts University), Gondy Leroy (University of Arizona), Jennifer Rosato (College of St. Scholastica), Nannette Napier and Kristine Nagel (Georgia Gwinnett College), Stephanie Frazier, Salandra Bowman and Linda Heimburger (South Carolina Technical College System)

For complete program results and status of past Seed Fund rounds, download our Seed Fund Executive Report. See previous winners here.

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For further information about any NCWIT Academic Alliance opportunities, please contact the AA program manager, Kimberly Kalahar, at

People Involved: 

Sharon Mason

Co-chair Liaison

Charlie McDowell

Co-chair Liaison

Patricia Morreale

Co-chair Liaison