Previous NEXT Award Winners

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.

2016 NEXT Awardees

  • Grand Prize winners 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 winner 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 winners 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 winner. The 2016 NEXT Award Second Place winners 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.
 

2015 NEXT Awardees

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 Manager, Emmy Soyka.

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