NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund

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.

February 2015 (Round 11): 

The current round of the NCWIT Seed Fund proposal submissions has closed. Winners will be announced by 2/25/15 so be sure to check back here to see who won and when the next call for proposals is announced. We look forward to hearing the winners speak about their projects at the 2015 Summit in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

February 2014 (Round 10):

Microsoft Research and NCWIT were pleased to announce the 10th round of Seed Fund winners via Press Release

  • College of St. Scholastica will provide professional development for faculty teaching at The College of St. Scholastica, assisting them in instilling a growth mindset among students in the Computer Science/Computer Information Systems (CS/CIS) major and associated concentrations, as well as pre-engineering courses at the College of St. Scholastica. Project Principal Investigator(s): Jennifer Rosato
  • Georgia Gwinnett College will implement The Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) Women in IT Boot Camp.  The boot camp is a weeklong workshop that will provide 24 rising female IT sophomores with an opportunity to gain a head start in programming. Project Principle Investigator(s): Sonal Dekhane, Kristine Nagel, & Nannette Napier
  • South Carolina Technical College System will implement the Triple A (AAA) Academy for 10-14 females enrolled in IT programs.  The initiative is a one-week pilot program that promotes ability, acuity, and audacity in IT-related fields. Project Principle Investigator(s):  Salandra Bowman & Stephanie Frazier
  • Tufts University will design a curriculum and accompanying set of hardware and software tools that teaches computational thinking and engineering through the design and construction of tangible, programmable electronic musical instruments that youth can use for live performance. Project Principle Investigator(s): Benjamin Shapiro
  • The University of Arizona and their MIS department will team with industry to make students in CS and MIS aware of diversity issues, with a special focus on gender, preparing them to be leaders and managers who are equipped to both counter the problems and leverage the benefits of diversity. Project Principle Investigator(s): Paulo Goes & Gondy Leroy

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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People Involved: 

Sharon Mason

Co-chair Liaison

Charlie McDowell

Co-chair Liaison

Patricia Morreale

Co-chair Liaison