NCWIT Student Seed Fund Winners: Winter 2016

Trailblazer Award Winners

  • Indiana University Bloomington will conduct research on campus to understand campus-specific experiences and systemic issues. The institution will also create resources for male advocates in academia.
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will create workshops that focus on using improv techniques to challenge covert sexism and racism. The school will also produce video segments that can be used as educational resources on other campuses.

Amplification Award Winners

  • The University of Pennsylvania will host an all-women hackathon for women who attend college in the Philadelphia region, implement a semester-long “WiCS Passion Projects” event, and will put a mentoring program into action for women and CS where freshmen/sophomores can pair up with a junior/senior mentor to aid in retention.
  • Renesslaer Polytechnic Institute will host a day-long “Women in Tech Summit” for all schools in Upstate New York area. The institution plans to invite both universities and interested high school students to participate in the event.
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities will create a campus-based mentoring program where upper-level women in CS will be able to mentor entry-level women in CS.
  • Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo will host a “Women in Computer Science Day” event for prospective students, focused on getting women and historically underrepresented students interested in CS majors.
  • Miami Dade College will host a four-hour recruitment “Technology is Everywhere” event, including a keynote speaker, a networking reception, and small interactive break-out sessions.
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology will create a mentoring program for high school students, using hands-on activities to get women interested in tech fields. They will track how many of these high school student participants pursue a computing major in college.
  • Villanova University will host a one-day conference for faculty, staff, and alumni that will be free and open to any students/employees in the region. The group is focused on networking across generations and disciplines.

Start-up Funding Recipients

  • Michigan Technological University plans to recruit members through meetings, social activities, and academic department outreach events. The school will also host a monthly meeting focused on recruitment.
  • Columbus State University plans to recruit members by emailing all registered CS majors, performing in-person visits to 100-level CS classes, and tabling in the lobby of academic classes during the first week of the term.
  • The University at Albany – SUNY will take trips to regional industry locations. The institution plans to recruit members through existing social media platforms, faculty referrals, posters in academic buildings, and announcements at other pre-professional groups.
  • Brigham Young University will use major-selection fairs, in-person visits to 100-level courses, websites, social media, and in-person visits to other pre-professional clubs to recruit members.
  • Santa Fe College will use social media and print media to recruit members for the group. They also plan to work with the admissions office to identify prospective students interested in newly created BS degrees for CS/IT majors.
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona will use social media, existing student groups, and visits to 100-level classes to recruit members.
  • Farleigh Dickinson University plans to recruit students by using email blasts, flyers in academic buildings, and in-person visits to 100-level classes. The school will also host an Hour of Code event to recruit prospective members.
  • The University of Pittsburgh is planning a campus screening of She++. They will recruit members through CS Activities Fairs, Student Activities Fairs, and with flyers on the benefits of membership.
  • The University of San Francisco plans to host a Hackathon and a campus speaker series. They will recruit members through visits to 100-level classes, tabling on campus, and emails to students registered in CS classes.
  • Monmouth University plans to host a regional celebration of WIC, using this event as a recruitment effort for new members.