Previous NCWIT Student Seed Fund Winners

NCWIT Student Seed Fund: Round 6 Winners (April 2013):

  • Boston University: will organize a resume/interview workshop, 3 “Lecture Series” events involving professors and outside speakers, and a Bowling “Bonding/Orientation” event for new members.
  • Columbia University: will host a mentorship program to support the CS community and share the knowledge and experience that WICS members have to offer to their peers.
  • Cornell University: will host a mentorship program, organize a talk with Cornell alumna, and conduct a student panel, as well as a faculty talk and mingling event to help women build their network.
  • Georgia Gwinnett College: will implement a Women in IT community within the campus focusing primarily on women who are majoring, minoring, or interested in the field of Information Technology.
  • Indiana University: will create awareness on campus about CEWIT and WESIT by hosting an “Amazing Race” type competition for IU students around the fall launch of the center.
  • Livingstone College: will establish an annual event at the Livingstone College on the Green event to recruit participation and majors into FiT and help women become CIS majors.
  • Oregon State University: will provide a middle school and a high school weekly hands-on electronics activities at the Corvallis Boys and Girls Club Teen Center using kits they prepare.
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College: will involve the local students, through an Expanding Your Horizons program in which local middle school girls are taught the basics of technology.
  • The College of New Jersey: will be developing a book trading/selling web application to enable college students to decrease the exorbitant expenses typically incurred by textbooks.
  • The University of Texas at Dallas: will host the first Geeky Girls Summer Camp, a two day camp for girl entering their junior year of high school to become exposed to computer programming.
  • Tulane University: will promote and maintain technology-related workshops throughout the academic year focusing on topics such as Graphic Design, SPSS, Wikipedia editing, Drupal and Wordpress.
  • University of South Alabama: will host the 1st Annual ACM-W Back to School luncheon to bring together female faculty members, industry partners, alumni, and students for networking.
  • Villanova University: will hold a “Women in Technology” workshop for undeclared science females to explain what computer scientists do and show them CS women are not the stereotypical “geeks.”
  • Virginia State Universitywill have an all day workshop to have some CS Unplugged activities, such as Error Detection: Card Flip Magic, Binary Numbers: Count the Dots, and chalk drawings.

NCWIT Student Seed Fund: Round 5 Winners (November 2012):

  • Indiana University Purdue University: will support their first big event- Women in Technology Networking Event.
  • James Madison University: will invite girls from local middle schools and Girl Scouts troops to James Madison University for a "Technology Day."
  • Massachusetts Academy of Science: will hold three meetings in the Boston area with the SISE Catalyst Team members from across Massachusetts.
  • Northwestern University: will enlist members, as well as allow increased participation for events in the greater Northwestern campus.
  • Purdue University: will fund their mentor program where each freshman, and occasionally sophomores, are paired with an upperclassman in their major that serves as their mentor.
  • Seattle Central Community College: will host a Get Hired! seminar from LadyCoders on campus that is geared toward women and the resume/interview process as well as the working environment of the IT industry.
  • Tennessee Technological University: will host a series of three mini-retreats for 1st year female students in CS/CE/MIS called Tweet Retreat: Mini-Retreat Series for Technical Women Empowering Tech.
  • University of California-Irvine: will host 3 workshops for girls at different middle schools, where they will teach them how to use Scratch (a visual programming software for children) through a simple project.
  • University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign: will host the TapIn Academy, an after school program supported by the Champaign Public School district.
  • University of Puget Soundwill sustain their expanding community by organizing a joint ACM-W chapter with Pacific Lutheran University.
  • University of Texas-Pan Americanwill promote the organization of the new ACM-W chapter, support their outreach activity for local elementary/middle school girls, and assist with travel costs to visit a computing/information technology organization within the region.
  • Western New England Universitywill host the "Women in Technology Day," a High School Outreach Project, and a "Hackathon for Women."

NCWIT Student Seed Fund: Round 4 Winners (June 2012):

  • Ball State Universitywill support their upcoming conference for the 2012-2013 academic year, which will include both high school students and college students.
  • Fort Valley State Universitywill host a two day Computer Enrichment Workshop for middle school girls to spark their interest in technology, which will introduce the students to the SCRATCH programming language and robotics.
  • Loyola University Marylandwill have an off-campus leadership retreat for members of the executive board and committees and members of the SWE Baltimore/Washington professional section will participate in mentoring at the retreat.
  • Michigan State University: will be expanding their Girl Scout programs to include all interested middle school girls as well as invite other universities and colleges to come observe and participate in our workshops.
  • Ohio State Universitywill get female students who are interested in computing to attend Grace Hopper conference, bringing a minimum of 10 female students who are majors or minors in computer science.
  • Santa Clara University: will develop a new program called "Sisters in Engineering,"  a mentorship program between female incoming and upper-class students in the engineering school.
  • University of Delaware: will conduct a pilot workshop and contest of educational videos on introductory computer science topics to enable freshman student teams to creatively design, role-play, and shoot short videos that bring down to earth abstract concepts of CS and tie them up with fun and insightful real-life situations.

NCWIT Student Seed Fund: Round 3 Winners (March 2012):

  • Fisk University: will organize High School visits during which students will be able to develop mobile apps, use Scratch software, as well as participate in the demonstration of healthcare apps in order to gain hands-on experience.
  • Purdue University: Women in Technology (WIT) will use this grant to support their annual three day program Discovering Opportunities in Technology (DOiT).
  • University of California-Berkeley: WICSE will implement a focused peer mentorship program called "Big Sisters" in order to make new students feel more comfortable during their first two years.
  • University of California-San Diego: Women in Computing will apply this grant towards an event that they will host that allows high school students to visit the UCSD campus to participate in lab hours, listen to guest speakers and enjoy food and games.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Women in Computer Science will use this grant towards their annual Chic-Tech retreat which is a recruiting event for them, as well as an opportunity for high school and middle school students to gain hands-on experience.
  • University of Pennsylvania: Women in Computer Science- Living and Learning Community (WICS) will use this grant to help sponsor the tech workshops and field trips organized by WICS.
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Association of Women in Computing will use this grant to set up a group of two or four mentees with a graduate and undergraduate mentor over an academic year and provide them with an opportunity to do extracurricular research and programming project.

NCWIT Student Seed Fund: Round 2 Winners (July 2011):

  • Arizona State University: Women in Computer Science will provide gas and food money to members of their organization that volunteer to visit high schools to promote the awareness of Computer Science and recruit students.
  • Brown University: Women in Computer Science will use this grant toward funding their ongoing social, mentoring, and outreach programs. 
  • Florida A&M University: African-American Women in Computer Science (AAWCS) will assist its members with outreach and recruitment efforts such as traveling road shows and hosting high school students for workshops using this grant.
  • Fort Valley State University: Association for Computing Machinery FVUS Student Chapter will host a two day Computer Enrichment Workshop for middle school girls to spark their interest in computer science. 
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: Women @ College of Computing will use this grant in order to to attend The Grace Hopper Conference in Portland, Oregon.
  • Livingstone College: Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) will be working with a local high school to promote and develop an interest in information technology amongst females through career discussions and college preparatory discussions.
  • Michigan State University: MSU Women in Computing will use this grant to support and improve the technology workshops that they organize in order to introduce girl scouts to basic programming and web design, as well as help them earn a computers badge.
  • Michigan Technological University: Women in Computing Sciences (WiCS) will develop and implement fun and effective outreach programs for high school students that will consist of presentations, discussions and, additional hands-on activities.
  • Murray State University: Women in Computing will participate in a university-wide STEM Girls Day and will use this grant to supply the girls with gift bags, information about computing careers, and information about the CSIS major at Murray State University.
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College: Building Future Experiences of BFE will use this grant to purchase new supplies to jump-start the group’s activities, and towards recruitment efforts to attract new members.
  • Savannah State University: SWE Savannah State a proposed chapter of the Society of Women Engineers will use this grant to support outreach activities involving developing a FIRST LEGO League for female middle and high school students in their community.
  • University of California-Davis: C-STEM Outreach Club at UC Davis will use this grant to cover transportation and food costs that are necessary in order to move forward with the workshop that they are organizing called “Programming the Amazing World of Robotics”.
  • University of Central Arkansas: University of Central Arkansas's Women's Computer Science Club improve and expand their organization by organizing more events and recruiting members in order to create awareness about their cause.
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst: CS Women's Groups at UMass Amherst use this grant to fund visits to academic/industrial institutes, their Grad-to-Undergrad Mentoring Program, and activities that increase the awareness of the CS department at their university.
  • University of Tampa: University of Tampa Student Chapter of ACM will organize an event on their campus to promote interest in Information Technology specifically targeted at female students. 

NCWIT Student Seed Fund: Round 1 Winners (March 2011):

  • Colorado School of Mines: ACM-W Student Chapter at the Colorado School of Mines will expand their organization, using this grant, by hosting computing events and outreach activities.
  • Columbia University: Center for Computational Learning Systems organize workshops that to help female undergraduates better understand the variety of career options available for Computer Science graduates.
  • DePaul University: ACM-W, HerCDM, and Digital Divas will organize the first DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) Women in Computing retreat.
  • Indiana University: uWIC (Undergraduate Women in Informatics and Computing) will organize an event for undergrad students who are currently not majoring/minoring in Computing in  order to introduce them to the advantages and opportunities available in this field.
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI): Women in Technology at IUPUI will sponsor a networking event to bring together students and faculty from the many technology related programs on campus. 
  • North Carolina State University: Women in Computer Science is going to organize a panel discussion for both undergraduate and graduate female students at the Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University.
  • Purdue University: Women in Technology will use this grant to support their Women in Leadership Conference which focuses on the achievements, challenges, and working relationships that women face in the workforce and in leadership roles.
  • Seattle Central Community College: Ignite-Central will use this grant to support their 6th-annual GLITTER (Get Launched In Technology Through Education and Resources) event on May 20, 2011.
  • Stanford University: Women in Electrical Engineering will organize a three part event series for women in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments.
  • University of California-Berkeley: Association of Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (AWE) plans to participate in the College of Engineering (COE)’s exciting Engineers Week (E-Week) in March, as well as host a Welcome Luncheon for women who have been accepted into Berkeley’s undergraduate EECS program.
  • University of California-Irvine: Women in Information and Computer Sciences will hold a conference that will highlight the female professors and grad students currently affiliated with the University of California, Irvine and showcase their past and/or current research projects. 
  • University of Colorado-Boulder: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will use this grant to cover conference registration fees for four multicultural women in order for them to be able to attend a five day national conference. 
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County: CWIT Student Council will use this grant to fund their 1st Annual "Women in Technology: Unleash Your Inner Leader" networking and dinner event. 
  • Utah State University: ACM-W at Utah State University will use this grant to fund a "Bug Stomp" event that allows students to practice their software testing skills by examining several problems to identify the bugs.
  • Virginia State University: Walter Johnson Mathematics and Computer Science Club plans to use this grant to be able to invite 30-35 minority girls from local middle and high schools to their campus for an all day Saturday program.

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