The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) at Columbia University

August 4, 2010
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Hello from the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) at Columbia University! ESP is a peer-led workshop designed to encourage talented students to stay in the CS major after introductory classes. The goal of ESP is to show students that CS is necessarily a collaborative activity and that it involves much more than just programming. ESP's target audience includes students enrolled in Introduction to Computer Science classes who have not yet declared a major, but are contemplating CS.

Artemis Project

July 21, 2010
Artemis attendees

On June 28th, we kicked off the 15th year of the Artemis Project here at Brown University.  The Artemis Project is a free, five-week summer day camp for rising 9th-grade girls in the Providence area that teaches computer skills, programming, and computer science concepts through engaging activities, therby encouraging young women to join the field of computer science.

Search for Potential Research Study Participants

July 19, 2010

"Women hold 46.7% of the U.S. labor force -- but they account for only 3% of top executive positions (Catalyst, 2010). An even more alarming statistic, women account for only 1.1% of the average number of executive officers in the Information Technology industry."

Catalyst. (2010). Women in U.S. Management.

Catalyst. (2009). 2009 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500.

News Roundup

July 16, 2010

In the news this week ...

Do women shun STEM careers because they perceive these careers to be incompatible with “communal” goals, or engaging in work that helps others? 

2nd Annual GEM Contest

June 28, 2010
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This spring the University of Nebraska at Lincoln completed its 2nd Annual Girl Empowerment and Mentoring (GEM) contest.  Based on our introduction and exit surveys, we observed some interesting and encouraging results.  Overall, more than half of students who completed both surveys reported improved views towards computer science.  Participants also reported specifically inreased confidence in their CS knowledge and abilities and interests in majoring in CS.  They also reported that it does not make sense that there are more men than wo

News Roundup

June 25, 2010

We’re still buzzing about the article in The Wall Street Journal last week examining Best Buy’s new initiatives to attract women consumers.  It’s no secret that women influence purchasing decisions in the majority of U.S. households, even when it comes to electronics; and with its efforts to reach out to women, Best Buy is seeing an uptick in profits.

News Roundup

June 11, 2010

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a nice excerpt from Tuesday’s Astia We Own IT Summit explaining why venture capital needs more women in their firms, and why simply having one woman partner in a firm isn’t enough.  Take this anecdote from Cindy Padnos, founder of Illuminate Ventures and publisher of a whitepaper on women and entrepreneurship:

News Roundup

June 4, 2010

The Conference Board this week released its latest data on the number of science and engineering job openings across the U.S., as well as the ratio of job openings to job-seekers. (The Conference Board updates these data monthly, and many see them as a marker of economic health for particular industry sectors.)

This experience was amazing!

May 27, 2010
Award Winner

Polly is a winner of the Portland Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, our award recognizing outstanding high school women for their computing aspirations and achievements. Below she describes receiving her award at a ceremony during NCWIT's Portland, Oregon, Summit on Women and IT last week, and her thoughts on the award's impact.