NCWIT Student Seed Fund

The NCWIT Student Seed Fund has awarded $53,250 to 80 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 1,750 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.)

Reviews are currently being done on the NCWIT Student Seed Fund proposals that were submitted by March 30, 2014. Winners will be notified by May 16, 2014. Check back on this page to learn who won and when the next round will open!

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 7 Winners

On November 21, 2013 the following organizations were notified they each had won $1,000 for the NCWIT Student Seed Fund, please see the press release here:

  • California State University, Long Beach will host a Circuit Workshop that will show girls how to make a blinking LED circuit and an HTML workshop teaching girls how to build their own website.
  • Hodges University will host a "Bits & Bytes" lunch and learn. Their lunch will include industrial leader keynote presentations and a programming workshop to introduce programming to moms and children.
  • Pellissippi State Community College will host an event and invite professionals from the community to share their experiences as IT professionals.  This event will cater to young women and guidance counselors from local high schools as well as women who are enrolled or interested in CSIT.
  • Princeton University will host various events including a Java workshop for high school students, a workshop for disadvantaged middle school students, and a hardware workshop for minority students.
  • Santa Monica College will host a semester kick-off event and open house for students which will highlight the array of career options available in the computer science field.
  • University of Nevada, Reno will host an introduction to computer science seminar for women to recruit students with undecided majors as well as students from various community colleges.
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte will conduct weekly outreach programs for local middle schools using Lego kits to promote interest in advanced robotics.
  • University of North Texas will host a book club based on "Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" by Sheryl Sandberg and host a Software Testing Competition using a web app called "Bug Catcher".
  • University of Texas at Austin will hold an AWIT-iSchool Showcase that will be a conference for female students.  At this conference, graduate and undergraduate students will present posters of their work from classes, internships, or volunteer experiences.
  • University of Texas at El Paso will organize an Engineering Mixer for Women with the objective to connect female engineering students to pre-professional opportunities.

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