Previous NEXT Award Recipients

The NEXT Awards celebrate past and present Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP) clients for excellence in recruiting and retaining women in computing education, falling into three categories: Grand Prize, Second Place, and Honorable Mentions. For detailed information about the eligibilities for each award, please visit www.ncwit.org/nextawards; for more information about ES-UP, please visit www.ncwit.org/extensionservices.

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2017 NEXT Recipients

2016 NEXT Recipients

2015 NEXT Recipients

 

2017 NEXT Recipients

  • Grand Prize recipients receive up to $100,000 for a strong commitment to and proven results in recruiting and retaining women into undergraduate computing programs. The 2017 NEXT Award Grand Prize recipient is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Computer Science for an impressive array of outreach and recruiting efforts, and has acted to identify and eliminate the effects of implicit bias in admissions. Additionally, efforts to improve culture and pedagogy include training for faculty and teaching assistants. The series of “CS+X” majors represents significant institutional commitment and has yielded notable success in attracting undergraduate women.

    The Collaborative Team includes Ms. Cynthia Coleman, Dr. Cinda Heeren, Dr. Susan Larson, Dr. Lenny Pitt, and Ms. Heather Zike; the Team’s Extension Services consultant is Dr. Elsa Macias.
  • Second Place recipients receive up to $50,000 for a strong commitment to and proven results in recruiting and retaining women into undergraduate computing programs but has not yet achieved the magnitude of results seen in the first place recipient. The 2017 NEXT Award Second Place recipient include the University of Michigan, Division of Computer Science and Engineering and University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Computer Science.
     
    • The University of Michigan, Division of Computer Science and Engineering was selected for focus on undeclared undergraduate students and include the redesign of the introductory class, bias training for course staff and students, and efforts to maintain gender diverse teaching assistants. Retention efforts include the use of relevant course content and department sponsorship of student groups for women. These initiatives have been rewarded by consistent upward trends for female majors and graduations.

      The Collaborative Team at the University of Michigan includes Dr. William Arthur, Dr. Mary Lou Dorf, Dr. Valeria Bertacco, Dr. Amir Kamil, and Dr. Laura Alford; the Team’s Extension Services consultant is Dr. Angela Arndt.
    • The University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Computer Science was selected in part on the strength of its partnership with the Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center, a College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) initiative. Recruiting events, coupled with improved messaging and frequent personal contact, have significantly increased the percentage of newly enrolled women in computer science. Important tools for increasing retention and graduation rates for undergraduate women include a new class for students without prior programming experience and CEAS-wide efforts to hire more female faculty.

      The Collaborative Team includes Dr. Rhonda Hoenigman, Dr. Sarah Miller, and Ms. Amanda Parker; the Team’s Extension Services consultant is Ms. Michelle Slattery.
    • Honorable Mentions include the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Computer and Information Science, and New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Departments of Computer Science and Engineering; Technology, Science and Culture; and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

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    2016 NEXT Recipients

    • Grand Prize recipients receive up to $100,000 for demonstrating a strong commitment to and proven results in recruiting and retaining women into undergraduate computing programs. The 2016 NEXT Award Grand Prize recipient is the University of California, Irvine School of Information and Computer Sciences for its extensive internal and external outreach efforts, as well as the commitment to evaluation of students to consistently ensure that efforts are properly directed. In addition, the focus on developing interdisciplinary courses for non-majors strengthened the application. The raw increase in women students along with the cultural changes described in the application are sustainable, impressive, and noteworthy. Finally, the effort to seek external funding from industry partners and share results via conference papers was particularly notable.

      The Collaborative Team at UC Irvine includes Dr. Sharnnia Artis, Ms. Antigone Blackwell, Dr. Amelia Regan, Ms. Neha Rewal, Dr. Debra J. Richardson, and Dr. Nalini Venkatasubramanian; the Team’s Extension Services consultant is Dr. Elsa Macias.
    • Second Place recipients receive up to $50,000 each for demonstrating a strong commitment to and proven results in recruiting and retaining women into undergraduate computing programs but has not yet achieved the magnitude of results seen in the first place recipient. The 2016 NEXT Award Second Place recipients include the University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Computer Science.
       
      • UT Austin was selected for its allocation of resources towards building a department-wide culture of support and community for women through a constellation of recruitment and retention strategies that rely on goals shared by administrators, faculty, students and staff. UT Austin has addressed the challenge of soaring enrollment and impacted classes head-on, relying on data to guide its efforts in a sustainable manner.

        The Collaborative Team at UT Austin includes Ms. Tiffany Grady Buckley, Dr. Lori McNabb, and Dr. Bruce Porter; the Team’s Extension Services consultants are Dr. Jennifer Goodall, Dr. Igor Ryabov, and Ms. Michelle Slattery.
      • Virginia Tech was selected for its efforts put forth given the constraints of the organizational structure (when and how students are admitted). The array of initiatives described in the application focusing on internal and external student recruitment and retention – such as peer mentoring; the CS minor; and outreach to high school students and teachers, first-year engineering students, and the College of Engineering's living learning communities – is impressive and notable. The support from the department head and the establishment and structure of the diversity committee were also notable. The raw increase in women students along with the cultural changes described in the application are sustainable, impressive, and noteworthy. The committee was also impressed by the strong effort to disseminate results from the work at a variety of professional meetings.

        The Collaborative Team at Virginia Tech includes Ms. Libby Bradford, Mr. Greg Farris, Dr. Scott McCrickard, and Dr. Barbara G. Ryder; the Team’s Extension Services consultant includes Dr. Cathy Brawner.
    • Honorable Mentions include the University of Pennsylvania Departments of Computer and Information Science, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and Electrical and Systems Engineering; and the University of California, Berkeley Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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    2015 NEXT Recipients

    GRAND PRIZE

    Department of Computer Science & Engineering
     

    SECOND PLACE (tie)

    School of Informatics and Computing
     
    Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering
     

    HONORABLE MENTIONS

    University of Pennsylvania
    Departments of Computer and Information Science, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and Electrical and Systems Engineering
     
    University of Texas at El Paso
    Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Civil Engineering

    For questions about the NEXT Awards, contact the ES-UP Program Director, Sherri Sanders.

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