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  • Status
    Not yet started
    Shira Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    May 22, 2017
    Target Completion Date: 
    May 22, 2018
    Goal statement 
    To enable the public higher education system in the State of Washington maximize the number of IT personnel to meet its needs. This will be accomplished via a web page that explains different degrees and institutions and a mobile app that allows students to navigate a flowchart.

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State Institutions
    Additional Activity Info

    We will contact the WTIA to establish connections with industry with the intention of requesting financial support from industry to implement our goals. We will contact all public institutions in the state to collect all the information we need.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingRetainingOrganizational ChangeOutreachMentoringAdvising/CounselingRaising Awareness
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira L. Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 1, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2021
    Goal statement 
    Increase the retention of female students in our EECS programs, especially in computing

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    This activity is led by our local student section of ACM-W. It pairs an upper-class student, preferably a female, with female students enrolled in our lower division computer science courses. The mentor must get in touch with her mentee at least once per semester, and the idea is for the mentor to be available for the students assigned to her (no more than 3) when they need her for advice, sympathy, or just someone to whom to turn. The mentoring program is meant as a way of supporting students who are a minority in our programs and to help them feel more a part of them as well.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RetainingReducing Unconscious BiasMentoring
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 20, 2014
    Target Completion Date: 
    June 1, 2015
    Goal statement 
    Create a recruitment video suitable for high school students, especially female students, and their parents

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    We created a recruitment video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDWfGPVnXdU which is meant to try to educate both students and their parents about computer science, what it is and what sort of job opportunities exist in the field. This video will be downloaded to thumb drives and distributed to all 150 high schools in Eastern Washington.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachReducing Unconscious BiasRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    June 1, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    July 31, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Develop a 2-hour per day, 4-day Programming for Girls summer workshop for middle school girls

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    We used NCWIT student seed funding to develop a Programming for Girls coding workshop for middle school girls http://eecs.wsu.edu/~gsprint/cougarquest/. The workshop is divided into four two-hour days and each day involves a different activity (see web page) and is offered through the Washington State University Cougar Quest program, which provides the necessary infrastructure (i.e., housing, food, chaperones, administration).

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoringTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2021
    Goal statement 
    Decrease the idea that computer science is not a creative field, increase the idea that everyone can take a programming course, and advertise a specific programming course that now satisfies a university-wide requirement.

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    Each year the entire university student population is invited to enter a competition to design a poster to advertise our introductory computer science course, Introduction to Algorithmic Problem Solving, CptS 111 http://bpc.eecs.wsu.edu/poster/. This course is taught in Python and now satisfies a university-wide course requirement in quantitative studies. Even awareness of the competition and its rules educates students that programming is not just for "nerds" and that it can be very creative. Amazon gift cards are offered to the winner and runner-up.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachReducing Unconscious BiasRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    October 15, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2021
    Goal statement 
    Generate interest in computing for female high school students

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    During my AiC visits, I realized that many high school students in Eastern Washington don't really know what computer science is or what a career in computer science might be like. One very open high school principal wondered whether he could visit WSU with some of his best female students. This was the start of the EECS High School Partnership Program that we're building. We're hoping to have female students from a total of 10 high schools within a 2.5-hour driving range come to the WSU campus annually. They would spend 4 hours on campus doing various activities, including a meet-and-greet; a tour of the EECS facilities; playing with robots in the robotics labs; learning about computing club and research activities; having lunch with female college students while learning about these students, how and why they got into computing, what their plans are, and asking them questions, and after lunch doing a "speed dating" event on a specific topic with these students in groups; and finally ending the visit with a 1-hour hands-on programming event.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoringAdvising/CounselingRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Not yet started
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    September 1, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    September 30, 2016
    Goal statement 
    Take advantage of my AiC visits to high schools to encourage any willing counselors to accept an NCWIT C4C kit

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    As part of my AiC activities, I'll be visiting high schools. I learned last year that many high school counselors don't really understand the difference between using Excel or Word and programming. When I mentioned this to my RAM, she told me about the Counselors for Computing kits. I've ordered 20 and will be taking them with me this year when I visit high schools in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. I'm hoping that any counselors with whom I meet will be willing to accept one.

    Goal tag(s): 
    OutreachRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 1, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Pacesetters Goal #2: Increase retention of female students post-CptS 223 and CptS 233, Advanced Data Structures C/C++ and Advanced Data Structures Java, from approximately 50% to 60% by fall 2017.

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    The Advanced Data Structures course (CptS 223 or CptS 233) is a key course in our CS curriculum. Our data for CptS 223 indicate that both female and male students exit the major at this point, i.e., either while taking or after taking CptS 223. The material is appreciably harder because they are learning many key concepts, and it is also the first course in which they do not have a structured lab. Our data also show that many more female students retake this course compared to male students.

    We believe that a simple intervention may help all our students with this fundamental course. While the instructor and teaching assistants are available for help, we will also add open tutorial lab sections with undergraduate teaching assistants so that students can see some actual code rather than just pseudocode, which seems to be their biggest complaint. We also think this may help some of our better female students improve their grades in this course so those who typically get high grades won't switch to another major because they received a C+ or even a low B.

    We will use enrollment numbers in CptS 223 and CptS 233 as well as enrollment numbers for the courses that follow them.

    Goal tag(s): 
    Retaining
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    January 1, 2016
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2017
    Goal statement 
    Pacesetters Goal #1: Increase female student enrollment in CptS 223 and CptS 233, Advanced Data Structures C/C++ and Advanced Data Structures Java, to 15% by fall 2017.

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    The Advanced Data Structures course (CptS 223 or CptS 233) is the third course in our computer science curriculum. It follows two consecutive programming courses and is either a prerequisite or co-requisite course for almost all other courses in the major. Thus, it is a key course in our CS curriculum.

    CptS 111, Introduction to Algorithmic Problem Solving, is a 3-credit course that is not required in the major, but it has served in a development capacity for students not yet ready to take the two programming courses that are required. Recently it has been approved to satisfy a university-wide requirement, and we are planning to use it to recruit as many female students into the computer science curriculum as possible. All female students who do well after the first exam will be contacted and encouraged to meet with select faculty, students, and advisors to learn more about computing majors. We believe this will send a very positive message to these students. We cannot know how successful we will be, but to form an estimate of the potential number of female students needed in CptS 111, we calculated the retention of female students starting in CptS 111 and progressing to CptS 223. Unfortunately, we cannot change the fall 2016 teaching schedule because it was determined in fall 2015, but based on our calculations, we will offer a minimum of 250 seats in CptS 111 in spring 2017 compared to 145 in 2014 on which our calculations were based. We will offer 200 seats in fall 2016.

    We will survey all students enrolled in CptS 111 and the two paris of programming courses following CptS 111 (CptS 121/122 C/C++ and CptS 131/132 Java, to be offered for the first time in fall 2016) at the beginning and end of each semester to keep track of what courses they have taken, what major they are in, and whether they have changed their major or are thinking of changing their major. We will also use enrollment numbers for each of the 7 courses of interest (CptS 111, CptS 121/122, CptS 131/132, CptS 223/233).

    Goal tag(s): 
    Recruiting
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    In progress
    Shira Lynn Broschat

    Dates

    Activity Start Date: 
    August 31, 2015
    Target Completion Date: 
    December 31, 2021
    Goal statement 
    My goal is to expand the AiC program to the nineteen counties in Eastern Washington, which has about 150 high schools.

    Meta

    Organization
    Washington State University
    Department
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    City
    Pullman
    State
    WA
    Additional Activity Info

    Form the Eastern Washington Affiliate of the Aspirations in Computing Awards program for female high school students and encourage all eligible students to apply for the program. Visit as many high schools as possible in order of the population densities: Spokane County in 2015, the Tri-Cities area in 2016, Yakima in 2017, and so on. Send email information to all high schools and publicize in other ways as identified. Organize annual award ceremony and banquet and raise funds for this and for awards. Also solicit companies for monetary and swag contributions.

    Goal tag(s): 
    RecruitingOutreachMentoringRaising AwarenessTeaching
    Organization Type: 
    Bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees
  • Status
    Completed!
    Shira L. Broschat

    Dates

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

    Meta

    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