NCWIT & ACM-W Student Seed Fund

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.


Congratulations to the Fall 2016 NCWIT & ACM-W Student Seed Fund Winners!

This 13th round of the Student Seed Fund offered tiered levels of awards to support the needs of Women in Computing (WIC) groups at different stages of development and varied institutional sizes:

  • Trailblazer Award (up to $15,000): Funding at this level is for well-developed groups with a history of institutional support that are interested in institution-wide projects such as funding large-scale events or academic course development.

    Trailblazer Award winners are Missouri University of Science and Technology ACM-W and University of Oregon Women in Computer Science (WiCS).
  • Amplification Award (up to $5,000): Funding at this level is intended for existing groups interested in expanding their impact through existing and new programs on their campus and in their geographic region. Recipients of this funding will also have the opportunity to mentor an emerging WIC group at another institution.

    Amplification Award winners are Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Women in Engineering, University of California Berkeley Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE), University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Graduate Women in Computing, University of Maryland Grad Women/Association of Women in Computing, and the University of San Francisco Women in Computer Science.
  • Start-up Funding (up to $3,000): Students looking to start a new ACM-W chapter on campus can apply for funds to help launch their group.

    Start-up Funding winners are Bryn Mawr College Sudo Hoot, Fisk University Computer Science Club, Kean University, Oregon State University ACM-W, Stevens Institute of Technology Stevens Women in Computer Science, Texas Tech University Extraordinary Women of Computer Science (EWoCS), University of Houston-Downtown ACM-W, University of Nebraska at Omaha ACM-W, and Valparaiso University ACM-W.

View the winning proposals from each of these student-run programs online.

Past Student Seed Fund Winners

View Previous Winners

Create and Expand WiC Groups on Campus

The NCWIT and ACM-W Student Seed Fund (sponsored by offers an opportunity to create or expand ACM-W chapters on college and university campuses. (Existing WiC groups will need to affiliate as an ACM-W student chapter in order to be eligible for funding.)

WiC groups on campus can increase women’s confidence and enjoyment of their technical studies, help reduce feelings of isolation, dispel common myths and stereotypes, and empower students to actively recruit and mentor other women. NCWIT offers a brief guide, which discusses how to get a group started and to build its structure, the importance of maintaining an open and public presence, possible activities, ways to build membership, and the value of affiliating with other groups. View the “How to Create and Sustain a Women in Computing Group on Your Campus” resource online.


View the Student Seed Fund FAQs for more detailed information about the award, eligibility, and other requirements.

For more information please contact Stephanie Weber, the Student Seed Fund Manager.


NCWIT would like to thank for its current sponsorship of the Student Seed Fund as well as previous sponsors; Symantec and ReturnPath.

People Involved: 

Stephanie Weber, MS STEM

Student Seed Fund Manager

Robert Beck

Co-chair Liaison

Maria Gini


Sandra Lavallee


Janyl Jumadinova