Previous NCWIT Seed Fund Winners

  • Auburn University will promote Computer Science (CS) among girls, by creating the Computer Science for All Girls (CS4ALL - G), a collaboration project that builds upon the Auburn University (AU) and Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC)’s successful joint efforts in recruiting and retaining girls and special needs students in computing careers. Project Principal Investigator: Daniela Marghitu. Round 9 (February 2013)
  • Brown University will provide a summer day camp for girls in the Providence area who about science and technology, run by undergraduate women from Brown University. Project Principal Investigator: Amy Greenwood. Round 6 (November 2009)
  • CCGIT will develop and disseminate a DVD to recruit women, non-traditional age groups, and underrepresented minorities from community colleges into four-year computing and IT programs. Project Principal Investigators: Warren Kuehner, Tracy Camp, and Deborah Keyek-Franssen. Round 1 (June 2007)
  • Central Washington University will recruit and retain women and under-represented undergraduate students into the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) degree program through a faculty-mentored undergraduate research experience. Project Principal Investigator: Natalie Lupton. Round 7 (December 2010)
  • Claremont Graduate University will engage students, especially female and underrepresented groups, through teamwork, problem-based learning, and a socially relevant topic to cultivate an interest in IT. Project Principal Investigators: Gondy Leroy, Brian Hilton, and June Hilton. Round 4 (January 2009)
  • Claremont Graduate University will team with Scripps College Academy to provide workshops that provide high school, undergraduate and graduate students with mentoring and support to pursue careers in technology and computing. Project Principal Investigator: Gondy Leroy. Round 8 (January 2012)
  • Colorado School of Mines will study the effects that an introductory computer science course has on recruiting and retaining women in computer science. Project Principal Investigators: Julie Krause, Irene Polycarpou, and Keith Hellman. Round 7 (December 2010)
  • Columbia University will use its award to fund the Artemis Project, a five-week, full-day computer science summer program for 20 rising 9th girls attending local schools, taught by four female computer science and engineering undergraduate coordinators and one faculty mentor. Project Principal Investigator: Tal Malkin. Round 9 (February 2013)
  • Columbia University will increase the enrollment of female students in CS courses beyond CS1, and ultimately to increase the number of female CS majors, by creating a program that encourages active participation and discussion of CS-related topics in a more positive, relaxed and open environment. Project Principal Investigators: Christian Murphy, Kristen Parton, and Adam Cannon. Round 3 (June 2008)
  • DePauw University will engage first-year women students through role modeling, dispelling myths about computing, and showcasing a broad variety of computing careers and lifestyles in computing. Project Principal Investigator: Gloria Townsend. Round 1 (June 2007)
  • Fisk University will use its award to integrate software engineering into its GUSTO (Girls Using Scientific Tools for Opportunities) project, which introduces, encourages, and prepares low-income and minority girls for STEM careers. Project Principal Investigator: Ray Bullock. Round 8 (January 2012)
  • Hunter College will adapt the successful Emerging Scholars Project (ESP) in Columbia’s Computer Science Department for use at Hunter College. Project Principal Investigators: Susan Epstein, Virginia Teller, and Felisa Vazquez-Abad. Round 7 (December 2010)
  • Indiana University will develop and evaluate three to five team-based activities for high school students, incorporating basic computing concepts using sensors, robots, pervasive computing concepts. Project Principal Investigators: Kay Connelly, Suzanne Menzel, Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich, and Kamie McAtee. Round 2 (January 2008)
  • Livingstone College will provide students whose grades or SAT scores may not have earned them acceptance at other colleges and universities an introduction to technology, via a course that focuses on engaging, project-driven, hands-on activities. Project Principal Investigator: Kathryn Moland. Round 9 (February 2013)
  • Oregon State University will leverages its highly successful “Ambassadors in Engineering” program as the model for a new student-to-student recruitment initiative focused on attracting college-bound high school students to computing studies. Project Principal Investigator: Ellen Momsen. Round 1 (June 2007)
  • Purdue University will engage another influential layer, parents, with Pair Programming via 6 Workshops per semester. Project Principal Investigator: Mindy Hart. Round 3 (June 2008)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology will extend MUPPETS and Virtual Participatory Theatre to HS students in grades 10-12 and also create Golisano Scholars program. Project Principal Investigator: Susan Kurtz. Round 2 (January 2008)
  • Southern Illinois University will create a female-friendly learning environment by building a community in which female students actively engage in learning, research, and service activities. Project Principal Investigator: Nancy Martin. Round 9 (February 2013)
  • SUNY-Albany will develop a workshop that uses popular high school platforms, such as the NXT, to explore the idea of social robotics and introduce core concepts of robotics. Project Principal Investigator: Jennifer Goodall. Round 6 (November 2009)
  • Towson University will implement a multi-level mentoring model, which will combine elements of both intentional role modeling and peer-led team learning toward the ultimate goal of showing all female undergraduates in our programs pathways to success in computing. Project Principal Investigator: Shiva Azadegan. Round 3 (June 2008)
  • Union College will pilot a successful Seed Fund project from another institution: a social robotics outreach workshop in which female computing undergraduates serve as mentors and educators for middle and high school girls. Project Principal Investigator: Nick Webb. Round 8 (January 2012)
  • The University of California-Berkeley will build upon the best practices in computer science education research to inspire, empower, inform, connect, and mentor women who may pursue computer science. The program recruits UC Berkeley students who have expressed an interest in computer science and have not declared a major. Project Principal Investigator: Amy Tsai. Round 9 (February 2013)
  • University of California-Irvine will support the Girls Inc. Eureka! summer camp, building on experiences with the summer program to create a series of complimentary workshops for both the middle school girls served by Eureka! and high school girls as part of the College Bound effort. Project Principal Investigator: Gillian Hayes. Round 4 (January 2009)
  • University of Central Arkansas will build a female-friendly environment for computing majors by recruiting a first-year cohort of women and retaining them with opportunities for learning, research, service, and leadership. Project Principal Investigators: Chenyi Hu, Yu Sun, and Karen Thessing. Round 8 (January 2012)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln will establish a comprehensive statewide writing program and contest, including UNL women CS students as big sister mentors to HS students. Project Principal Investigator: Leen Kiat Soh. Round 2 (January 2008)
  • University of Pennsylvania will bring high school guidance counselors and teachers to the Penn campus for a day-long workshop on how to become better recruiters for women’s participation in computer science. Project Principal Investigator: Michele Grab. Round 5 (July 2009)
  • University of Pennsylvania will reach out to high school girls on a national level and culminate in a March 2008 conference, to target students from 2,500 high schools nationwide, and encourage their interest in computing. Project Principal Investigator: Rita Powell. Round 1 (June 2007)
  • University of Texas will develop the Breakfast Bytes, a Saturday Morning CS club to provide a continuous outlet for engaging middle/high school students, encouraging them to take HS CS classes. Project Principal Investigator: Tiffany Grady. Round 2 (January 2008)
  • University of Texas-Pan American will redesign an intro to computing course to make it more accessible to women and underrepresented groups, giving UTPA students, 85 percent of whom are Hispanic, the chance to work with LEGO® Mindstorms robots while learning programming concepts, teamwork, and computing in the context of real-world problems. Project Principal Investigator: Pearl Brazier. Round 5 (July 2009)
  • University of Virginia program will focus on actively recruiting computing graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups by providing enhanced exposure to graduate programs, facilities, faculty, and graduate student life. Project Principal Investigator: Carolyn Vallas. Round 8 (January 2012)
  • Virginia State University will increase female populations in computer science through a two week summer program targeted at sophomores and juniors from regional high schools. Project Principal Investigators: David Walter and Giti Javidi. Round 7 (December 2010)
  • Virginia Tech will provide a series of annual summer workshops offering networking and professional development opportunities to high school teachers of computing in co-ordination with members of the ACM-sponsored professional organization for high school teachers, CSTA. Project Principal Investigator: Barbara Ryder. Round 6 (November 2009)
  • Waukesha County Technical College will develop I Can Do IT!, a road show designed to engage elementary and middle school girls with hands-on activities including programming, wireless technology, and website development. Project Principal Investigator: Kim Elhert. Round 5 (July 2009)
  • Wilmington University will recruit women into computing through the higher-level concepts of analysis and design, such as computer forensic analysis techniques, human-computer interface (HCI) design concepts, gaming, media-rich computer applications, and computer-based graphic design. Project Principal Investigator: Edward Guthrie. Round 7 (December 2010)