2019 NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce the 2019 NEXT Award recipients!

Awards will be presented at the 2019 NCWIT Summit on May 15, 2019.

The NEXT Awards celebrate past and present Extension Services (ES) clients for excellence in recruiting and retaining women in computing education, falling into two categories: Grand Prize and Second Place. The Grand Prize ($100,000) and Second Place ($50,000) NEXT Awards for Excellence in Promoting Women in Undergraduate Computing are given to ES client organizations (department, departments, or college) that demonstrate a strong commitment to and proven results in recruiting and retaining women into undergraduate computing programs. 

For detailed information about each award, please visit www.ncwit.org/nextawards; for more information about ES, please visit www.ncwit.org/extensionservices.

Grand Prize Recipient

Colorado School of Mines, Department of Computer Science utilizes a noteworthy, research-based roadmap to create new (or connect with existing) institutionalized initiatives that are aligned with the NCWIT Undergraduate Systemic Change Model. Departmental faculty and students engage with a plethora of well-defined recruitment, retention, and evaluation strategies, including outreach programs called CS@Mines On Tour (in school) and DECtech (after school), multiple CS+X major and X+CS minor tracks, a near-peer mentoring program called U-CLIMB, and annual assessments to evaluate strategy effectiveness. CS@Mines students are attracted to the department for its welcoming culture and environment.

The Collaborative Team includes Dr. Tracy Camp, Ms. Lisa Maddux, Ms. Sharon Naylor, and Dr. Christopher Painter-Wakefield. The team’s Extension Services Consultant is Ms. Michelle Slattery.

Second Place Recipient

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (CS), Letters & Science CS Major administrators and faculty, as part of their efforts to better retain students from underrepresented groups, created the CS Scholars Program, in which cohorts of 30 students take classes together for three semesters. Other retention initiatives include a CS bootcamp for women, a mentoring program, and the Resiliency Project—a collection of video testimonials from faculty and students who struggled in CS, but persevered. Teaching assistants in the major also take an equity-based pedagogy course that equips them to foster an inclusive classroom.

The Collaborative Team includes Ms. Charlene Hughes, Mr. Christopher Hunn, and Ms. Audrey Sillers. The team’s Extension Services Consultant is Renee Houston.