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, 55 member organizations have received a total of $625,450 to grow their technology-related outreach program. We thank Microsoft Research for their support of the Seed Fund. 

Congratulations to the March 2018 recipients!

Recipients will be honored at the 2018 NCWIT Summit:

  • JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE will establish a yearly training program to equip faculty, counselors, and college recruiters with effective practices for recruiting and retaining women and underrepresented minorities in computer science classes, with the goal of increasing women’s participation in the Computer Information Systems department by 10 percent over three years. (Project Principal Investigator: Perla Weaver)
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SARASOTA-MANATEE will develop a summer enrichment program in which mothers, daughters, and high school teachers work together to program a NAO robot. Since parents and teachers are often influential in young women’s college and career planning process, this program aims to empower both parents and teachers to support and encourage high school women’s interest in AP computer science offerings. (Project Principal Investigators: Giti Javidi, Ehsan Sheybani, and Lila Rajabion)
  • OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY will create a two-week summer program to introduce middle school girls in the Native American community to STEM through engaging and relevant spatial design projects that incorporate Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 3D Printing applications. Recognizing that Native American women are among the most underrepresented groups in the tech industry, university faculty will partner with tribal representatives to create and model culturally responsive pedagogical practices. (Project Principal Investigators: Tilanka Chandrasekera and Gina Peek)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE will host a two-week residential “counselor-in-training” program to recruit and prepare high school women to become counselors in a program that introduces elementary school students to computing projects. This initiative supports ongoing efforts to increase girls’ participation in the elementary program by including more female role models with skills and interests in technology. (Project Principal Investigator: Karen Jin)

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For further information about any NCWIT Academic Alliance opportunities, please contact the AA program manager, Kimberly Kalahar, at

To join the NCWIT Academic Alliance, simply complete this Academic Alliance Membership Form to be sent further details regarding membership.

People Involved: 

Robert Beck

Co-chair Liaison

Cheryl Calhoun

Co-chair Liaison

Maureen Doyle

Co-chair Liaison