NCWIT’s Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP) provides customized consultation to academic departments to help improve their strategic recruitment and retention of women students in their majors. To recognize the achievements of these outstanding departments, NCWIT has established the NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards. These awards are funded by Google.
The NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award is given in memory of Mary Jean Harrold and David Notkin, in honor of their outstanding research, graduate mentoring, and diversity contributions. The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit, U.S. institutions who combine outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields.
NCWIT has supported student groups for women in computing for several years. Since 2011, the NCWIT Student Seed Fund has invested over $83,250 in more than 110 student-run programs for women in computing at Academic Alliance member institutions nationwide. Programs have included technology-related learning and advancement opportunities, including programming workshops, peer mentoring and support, professional training, after-school programs, and more. This fall, we are expanding the Student Seed Fund to offer tiered levels of awards to support the needs of Women in Computing (WIC) groups at different stages of development and varied institutional sizes.
The annual NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes Academic Alliance representatives at non-profit, U.S. institutions for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields.
Everyone is talking about the underrepresentation of women in computing – corporate diversity and inclusion statistics, K-12 computer science education, societal bias – yet conversation is only a first step towards solving the underrepresentation issue.