Virginia Tech is an NCWIT Pacesetter. In October 2011, I sat to share that we've seen a 56% increase in the number of female high school students who have met with the school and show interest. We send visiting teams of CS faculty, advisors and students to interact with them as mentors and peers, including female role models from our undergraduate population. We also connect with uncommitted first-year College of Engineering students, with a focus on female students, through face-to-face programs in the first-year classes, during pre-freshman summer programs and at our on-campus engineering women’s dorm, Hypatia.
We also created "designer minors" that combine CS with other disciplines (ex. business, math, psych, bioinformatics), drawing on populations with higher female/male ratios than engineering. Our overall goal for Pacesetters will be attained when we double the number of women CS graduates at Virginia Tech from a baseline of our 2009 graduating class. We also have annual goals of visiting between 20-50 high school girls and graduating 10 women with CS minors. Go Hokies!
Hear Scott tell the Virginia Tech Pacesetters story: http://sitwithme.org/your-story/?story=1296.