NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund

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The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund awards NCWIT's Academic Alliance 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. To date, 51 member organizations have received a total of $585,450 to grow their technology-related outreach program. We thank Microsoft Research for their support of the Seed Fund. 

NCWIT 2017 Seed Fund Winners Announced!

  • Claflin University will host a four week, full-day computer science summer program for 20 middle school girls taught by one faculty mentor and three female computer science majors, with the long-term goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and female representation in computing. Project Principle Investigator: Cheryl Swanier. Round 13 (February 2017)
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University hosts a Community College Partnership Program which has brought bachelor’s and master’s degrees to underrepresented students throughout New Jersey, making the transfer process seamless, as advisors from both institutions help students stay on track for associate and bachelor’s degrees. They plan to expand this process and bring computer science education within reach of women and minorities who are vastly underrepresented in our nation’s computer workforce. Project Principle Investigators: Laila Khreisat and Neelu Sinha. Round 13 (February 2017)
  • Green River College will give computing students the opportunity to apply their technical skills toward building software for a non-profit organization, in order to increase the relevance of the material and therefore their commitment to the discipline, as well as provide an opportunity for collaboration and communication with other students, faculty, and a real-world customer. Project Principle Investigator: Tina Ostrander. Round 13 (February 2017)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte will start the Mobile Maker Space outreach program, a program designed to excite community college students’ interest in computing and recruit them into the CCI’s 2+3 degree pathway. Project Principle Investigators: Manuel Perez Quinones, David Wilson, and Audrey Rorrer. Round 13 (February 2017)

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People Involved: 

Robert Beck

Co-chair Liaison

Maureen Biggers

Co-chair Liaison

Maureen Doyle

Co-chair Liaison