NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides technical girls and women with ongoing engagement, visibility, and encouragement for their computing-related interests and achievements from high school through college and into the workforce. AiC Community members are supported by their peers, volunteers, and NCWIT Alliance member organizations who offer exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and professional work. Community members also give back to others by planning and leading computing experiences for middle school girls and high school women. These opportunities allow women of the Community to strengthen their leadership, technical, and entrepreneurial skills, further preparing and motivating them to participate in the computing workforce.
NCWIT AspireIT partners NCWIT member organizations and Aspirations in Computing high school and college community members with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, AspireIT Leaders share their passion skills, and journey to teach participants fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments. The relationship between the AspireIT Leaders and their AspireIT Partner Organizations fosters mentoring with technical professionals, increases young women’s confidence in their computing abilities, and develops valuable leadership skills. To help, NCWIT provides grants to AspireIT Leader-AspireIT Non-Profit Partner Organization teams of up to $3,000 to aid with program costs.
NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) provides professional school counselors with information and resources they can use to support ALL students as they explore computer science education and careers. Download the one-page information sheet to learn how C4C offers counselors professional development.
NCWIT Extension Services (ES) partners with undergraduate departments of computing to tackle a national crisis. In 2017-18, only 19 percent (or 12,561) of the 65,382 Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate degree recipients were women. NCWIT ES addresses this severe gender imbalance in undergraduate computing by equipping computing departments (“clients”) with evidence-based strategies and resources to attract women to their majors and retain them through graduation.
Since 2011, the NCWIT Student Seed Fund has invested $316,250 in more than 157 student-run programs for women in computing at non-profit, U.S. Academic Alliance member institutions nationwide (excluding U.S. territories). Programs have included programming workshops, tech summits, peer mentoring and support, professional training, after-school programs, and the creation of multimedia materials — all aimed at increasing recruitment and retention of women and other underrepresented groups in computing.
The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund awards NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) members at non-profit, U.S. institutions (excluding U.S. territories) with start-up funds (up to $10,000 per project) to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting or retaining women in computing and IT. [NOTE: Those applying for Track 2 do not need to be AA members and they can be international.]
To date, 66 member organizations have received a total of $735,450 to grow their technology-related outreach program. A huge thanks to Microsoft Research and other generous sponsors for their support of the Seed Fund.
The NCWIT EngageCSEdu Engagement Excellence Awards, funded by Google, recognize faculty who are making a difference in their introductory computer science classrooms through excellent and engaging curriculum, contributing the best of the best to the EngageCSEdu collection.
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 (excluding U.S. territories) 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 at both a local and national level.
The NCWIT Symons Innovator Award promotes women’s participation in information technology and entrepreneurship by honoring an outstanding woman who has successfully built and funded an IT business. By recognizing women IT entrepreneurs, the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award hopes to inspire others to pursue IT entrepreneurship, and increase awareness about the importance of women’s participation in IT innovation and business.
The NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring (URM) Award recognizes Academic Alliance representatives at non-profit, U.S. institutions (excluding U.S. territories) 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.
The Reel Women in Technology (Reel WiT) Award recognizes the best portrayal of leading women in technology from a program (e.g. documentary, tv show, film, YouTube, etc.) who serve as role models for girls and women with computing aspirations while disrupting the stereotypes of female ingenuity in technology fields.