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  • Status
    In progress
    Ed Lazowska

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    September 21, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    Would it be worthwhile creating an "Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Program in a Box" under the NCWIT banner that would describe procedures, best practices, and pitfalls related to establishing a program in which undergraduates serve as TAs? Many universities do this, but many others are wondering whether and how to establish such a program. (A key advantage is that the one thing that scales with burgeoning enrollment is the pool of potential undergraduate TAs!)

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    Organization
    University of Washington
    Department
    Computer Science & Engineering
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Eni Mustafaraj

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 21, 2015

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    Organization
    Wellesley College
    Department
    Computer Science
    Goal tag(s): 
    Teaching
  • Status
    In progress
    Tracey Lanham

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    AspireIT Camps are affordable to host and a great opportunity to build relationships with local middle and high schools! Experience growth from year to year from easy advertising techniques. One classroom for a couple of hours on a weekend can provide young girls a wealth of opportunity.

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    Organization
    Hodges University
    Department
    Fisher School of Technology
    City
    Fort Myers
    State
    FL
    Additional Activity Info

    Un-Poster Session for the NCWIT Summit

    Goal tag(s): 
    OutreachMentoring
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    In progress
    Byong Lee

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 11, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 19, 2016
    Goal statement: 
    To double the number of majors by the end of AY 2015-2016 and to increase the graduation rate.

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    Organization
    Bennett College
    Department
    Mathematics and Computer Science
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingAdvising/CounselingTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Other
  • Status
    In progress
    Giuseppe Sena (Tony)

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 21, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    We will present our experiences doing undergraduate research in the area of parallel computing and distributed systems on a multidisciplinary environment with STEM students. We show that community college students can also do basic research that can be published at well-known computer science and engineering conferences. We are currently doing research in the areas of networking, computer security, bioinformatics, DNA analysis, computational biology, digital image processing, computational science, etc.

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    Organization
    Massachusetts Bay Community College
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Wellesley Hills
    State
    MA
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOutreachMentoringTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Associates degrees and certificate programs only
  • Status
    In progress
    Jim Caristi

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 9, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 13, 2017
    Goal statement: 
    Describe an outreach activity that works well with girls in grades 3-8.

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    Organization
    Valparaiso University
    Department
    Computing and Information Sciences
    City
    Valparaiso
    Additional Activity Info

    We held this Scratch Day a week ago. Competition with the robot groups kept numbers low in our group. But it was very successful with the people who came.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Pamela J. Silvers

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 16, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 16, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    In identified STEM programs the number of female students at A-B Tech increased from 12% to 19%. This "unposter" shares strategies A-B Tech implemented for developing marketing materials that appeal to all students.

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    Organization
    Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
    Department
    Computer Technologies
    City
    Asheville
    State
    NC
    Goal tag(s): 
    Recruiting
  • Status
    Completed!
    Shira L. Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 15, 2015

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    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Goal tag(s): 
    Outreach
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Charlie McDowell

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 15, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    Spread the word about pair programming in case there are any hold outs.

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    Organization
    UCSC
    Department
    Computer Science
    Additional Activity Info

    In 2002 we published the results of a study of pair programming showing that using pair programming in an introductory programming course dramatically increased retention. Pair programming is now an NCWIT “Promising Practice” (http://tinyurl.com/pairprogrammingNCWIT).

    In 2011, Salleh, Mendes, & Grundy published “Empirical Studies of Pair Programming for CS/SE Teaching in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review” in which they reviewed 73 studies (all but 4 published since our first report). One conclusion was that “Almost all studies’ findings reported that students’ satisfaction was higher when using PP compared with working individually.”

    Just do it. I firmly believe any pair programming method is better than making them work alone and live in fear of being accused of copying if they talk to anyone about their program. You don’t need a complicated system. At the VERY least, make pair programming an option for those that want to use it.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Retaining
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Laura Dinsmoor

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    December 13, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 13, 2014
    Goal statement: 
    Work with outside organizations such as Girl Scouts, to let them manage the advertising, registration, etc. of your outreach event to greatly reduce your workload, and hold more events during the school year.

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    Organization
    Oakland University
    Department
    Computer Science and Engineering
    City
    Rochester Hills
    State
    MI
    Additional Activity Info

    Every year you come home from the Summit, inspired and excited about reaching out to your local community to recruit more young girls into Computer Science, but when you return to your office, your research, your classes, your papers, and your life, all of those ideas are put on the back burner. You feel overwhelmed on how you can advertise, register, and organize events to show girls why and how CS can be in their future.

    If you want to hold an hour event, a day-long event, or visit a school, call your local Girl Scout council and let them do all the work for you. They can help with:

    • Advertising – They will advertise it in the schedule of council events for the year.

    • Registration – They already have a formal process in place to register girls for events. They have established rules in place to maintain the proper adult to child ratio, photo release forms, etc. On the day of the event, they may even provide people to register the girls as they arrive. With my council (Girl Scouts of South Eastern Michigan) they charge the girls a small fee. This ensures the girls actually show up, and the girls are provided with a badge and other goodies from Girl Scouts.

    • Evaluation – Girls Scouts may run the evaluation after the program for you.

    • Volunteers – For larger events I typically recruit students from my university to help out because they are always looking for ways to get volunteer hours. Girl Scouts work with other groups like Society of Women Engineers, (who also look for volunteer hours), and they find me women from engineering and computer science fields to volunteer. This means the K-12 girls can see and talk with both college women, and women from the STEM field during the event. Other potential groups to contact would be Society of Women Engineers, ACM, IEEE, and local FIRST Robotics High School teams. If these teams want to win the large FIRST awards they need to demonstrate outreach so they are willing to help you out.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoringRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Sangeeta Gad

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    July 24, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    Houston PREP is a four summer’s mathematics-based program that is six weeks long, directed at middle and high school students. We provide our students with a unique, high quality experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designed to prepare them for precollege classes and college programs. Students who successfully complete the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Year are invited back to apply for the next year.

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    Organization
    University of Houston-Downtown
    Department
    college of Sciences and Technology
    City
    Houston
    State
    TX
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOutreachMentoring
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's and master's degrees only
  • Status
    In progress
    Leen-Kiat Soh

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 7, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 7, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    I want to inform about computational creativity, share lessons learned, disseminate materials, and encourage others to adopt the computational creativity exercises. I also would like to recruit adopters to widen our continuing evaluation of these exercises.

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    Organization
    University of Nebraska
    Department
    Computer Science and Engineering
    City
    Lincoln
    State
    NE
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachEvaluatingTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    John Paxton

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    September 5, 2012
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2017
    Goal statement: 
    Montana State University's Computer Science Department is systematically remodeling its student spaces. Three rooms have been remodeled to date. Two rooms provide students with a Japanese-themed, aesthetic, comfortable environment in which to work, collaborate and seek assistance from other students. The third room provides students with a startup-like environment in which to work on semester-long projects that are overseen by industry. The remodeled rooms receive heavy use and reinforce many important ideas such as the importance of interdisciplinary thinking, the importance of understanding our global world, the importance of collaboration and the importance of creating a beautiful future. We believe the rooms help us attract, retain and graduate increasing numbers of students and faculty. Female students, who never used the rooms before the remodels, are now some of the heaviest users.

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    Organization
    Montana State University
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Bozeman
    State
    MT
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOrganizational ChangeOutreachMentoringAdvising/Counseling
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Cindy S. Tucker

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    April 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    April 21, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    Work with our local ACM-W student chapter, Bluegrass Women in Technology, to host Hour of Code activities for K-12 students during the 2014-2015 academic year. Reach 200+ students and introduce them to programming. Celebrate the accomplishments of women in computing, including high school women.

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    Organization
    Bluegrass Community and Technical College
    Department
    Computer & Information Technologies
    City
    Lexington
    State
    KY
    Additional Activity Info

    Bluegrass Women in Technology (BWiT) a student chapter of ACM, used funding from an NCWIT seed grant to sponsor outreach programs to K-12 students to participate in Hour of Code seminars and include high school women pursing computing disciplines to Kentucky Community Colleges – Women in Computing (KYCC-WiC), an ACM-W Regional Celebration.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreach
    Organization Type: 
    Associates degrees and certificate programs only
  • Status
    In progress
    Phil Sands

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 18, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 8, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    Outreach goal to engage more young women in computing; retention goal to build a community of undergraduate women that can interact both as part of our program and independently.

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    Organization
    Purdue University
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    West Lafayette
    State
    IN
    Additional Activity Info

    Program is designed to develop college undergraduate mentors to work with after-school computing clubs for young women.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOutreachMentoringRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    K-12 Serving Organization
  • Status
    In progress
    Cathy Hawley

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 21, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    April 22, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    Find hidden talent and help women who have been out of the workforce for >1 year get back into work.

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    Organization
    Return Path
    Department
    Product Management, Software Engineering, Marketing, Project Management
    City
    Broomfield
    State
    CO
    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Corporation/Startup Company
  • Status
    Completed!
    Sarah Brown

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    December 9, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 9, 2014
    Goal statement: 
    500 Startups' Rainbow Round & Flatirons LGBTQ Tech Meetup will be co-hosting a Diversity In Tech panel at Galvanize. The event will feature diverse CEOs, entrepreneurs, and prominent techies in the Boulder-Denver area discussing their experiences with diversity in tech. Galvanize's gSchool will do an open house at 5:30p prior to the main event (starting at 6p) to bring awareness to their programs and diversity-focused scholarships. Refreshments will be served during a reception after the panel. This should be a great event uniting several amazing organizations in Boulder and Silicon Valley working towards increasing diversity in tech.

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    Organization
    Flatirons LGBTQ Tech Meetup
    City
    Boulder
    State
    CO
    Goal tag(s): 
    Raising Awareness
  • Status
    In progress
    Maureen Biggers

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 18, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 1, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    To increase awareness of unconscious bias and its impact on retention in technical environments. To encourage the development of Champions of Inclusion for our classrooms and labs.

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    Organization
    Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing
    Department
    Diversity and Education
    City
    Bloomington
    State
    IN
    Additional Activity Info

    We have three steps this year related to this initiative:
    1. Catherine Ashcraft came to the IU campus to give talks on unconscious bias in technology environments.
    2. We designed and implemented a "required for all" workshop for our 250+ teaching assistants. It is permanently in place for all new teaching assistants each semester.
    3. We have a group of students developing an eBadge on this topic to be used in classrooms, training and more.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingReducing Unconscious BiasRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Ambareen Siraj

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    March 27, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    March 28, 2015
    Goal statement: 
    To bring together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring. Website to regsiter and participate: www.wicys.net

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    Organization
    Tennessee Tech University
    Department
    Computer Science
    City
    Atlanta
    State
    GA
    Additional Activity Info

    Despite the growing demand and tremendous opportunities in the job market, cybersecurity remains an area where there is significant shortage of skilled professionals regionally, nationally and internationally. Even worse, women’s representation in this male-dominated field of security is alarmingly low.
    Through the WiCyS community and activities we expect to raise awareness about the importance and nature of cybersecurity career. We hope to generate interest among students to consider cybersecurity as a viable and promising career option.
    With support from National Science Foundation, Award #1303441 (Capacity Building in Cybersecurity: Broadening Participation of Women In Cybersecurity through the Women in Cybersecurity Conference and Professional Development), WiCyS is an effort to bring together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring. Any individual or organization interested in supporting recruiting and retention efforts for women in cybersecurity is encouraged to participate.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOrganizational ChangeOutreachReducing Unconscious BiasMentoringAdvising/CounselingRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Seanice DeShields

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    November 12, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    November 20, 2014
    Goal statement: 
    IBM introduced a new Cloud solution earlier this year, IBM Bluemix. This solution is geared towards developers, but because of it's ease of use, and the ability to run with our Softlayer product, also easily to develop and deploy your solution on, we are focusing our efforts on individuals, startups, and students.

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    Organization
    University of Connecticut
    Department
    Office of Diversity Initiatives
    City
    Storrs
    State
    CT
    Additional Activity Info

    Are you a woman who is passionate about new technology? Bluemix Girl’s Night is for women, with all levels of IT experience and knowledge, coming together for a couple of hours to provide career mentoring, spur creativity and have some fun.

    Hear from other women leaders on "Lessons Learned" in their journey to the top in the IT industry.

    Have an idea for an app? You bring the idea and we will help you deliver it! .Experience live demos of IBM Bluemix. Take part in some hands-on labs. Learn the fundamentals of building and deploying an app in the cloud. Even better - take Bluemix for a test drive by registering for your trial version before the event www.ibm.biz/bluemixgirls and create your own app.

    Bring your laptop, grab a drink, make some new friends and contacts, and listen to some of the coolest women in technology share their views & experiences. This event is free and open to everyone. Everyone who registers will be eligible for a free trial of IBM Bluemix.

    Goal tag(s): 
    OutreachMentoringRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees

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