NCWIT Student Seed Fund

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. 

UMass CS Women's Group
The NCWIT Academic Alliance has partnered with Symantec to offer the NCWIT Student Seed Fund, a $1,000 award given to student-run programs and initiatives that promote increased participation of women in computing and IT programs. The award is available to student organizations residing in an institution that is a U.S. university and a member of the NCWIT Academic Alliance; free membership in the Academic Alliance can be obtained by having a faculty member complete this Membership Request Form. The award is given to organizations whose initiatives align with NCWIT's mission by proposing activities, events, or other programs that will recruit, retain, and support women in technology- and computing-related majors. (An institution can receive only one award per campus institution per year.)

Check back here to see when our next call for Student Seed Fund proposals will be accepted.

For more information about the NCWIT Academic Alliance and the Seed Fund Award program, contact the Academic Alliance Program Manager, Kim Kalahar. You can also download a copy of our Frequently Asked Questions.

Round 8 Winners

On May 14, 2014 the following organizations were notified they each had won $1,000 for the NCWIT Student Seed Fund.  Please read the press release for more information on the Round 8 winners.

  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College will use its funds to conduct outreach programs to local elementary, middle school and high school students.
  • Brigham Young University will use its funds to run an event targeted at freshmen women demonstrating that everybody can program.
  • Louisiana State University conducts regular outreach events to local middle schools and high schools and will use its funds to purchase reusable material for computer science outreach and workshop events.
  • Mount Holyoke College intends to initiate a mentorship program called 'Big Nerd-Little Nerd' that will pair freshman and sophomore students with upper-class women whom can share their experiences, knowledge and advice with their younger partner.
  • North Dakota State University will buy phones in order to add another workshop to their series of outreach events. They plan on teaching students simple app development.
  • Pacific University will host a conference for students interested in careers in computer science focused on the importance of the inclusion of more women in this male-dominated field.
  • University of California at Davis will hold a C-STEM GIRL camp follow-up meeting and also give a robotics demonstration at the Girl Scout STEM Sampler.
  • University of Delaware will mentor high school and grade school female students about bioinformatics and computer science careers.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will provide content for an after school program, teaching a variety of Computer Science topics ranging from programming to exploring the concept of pixels.
  • Virginia State University will engage students in hands-on activities to establish basic concepts of Computer Science.

See previous winners here.

We thank Symantec for its support for the Student Seed Fund.

People Involved: 

Charlie McDowell

Co-chair Liaison

Stephanie Ludi

Project Team Co-leader

Jennifer Rosato

Project Team Co-leader

Julie Mariga

Project Team Member

Linda Ott

Project Team Member

Cheryl Swanier

Project Team Member

Bo Sun

Project Team Member