NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards

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NCWIT’s Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP) provides customized consultation to academic departments to help improve their strategic recruitment and retention of women students in their majors. To recognize the achievements of these outstanding departments, NCWIT has established the NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards, funded by Google. 

 

The NEXT Awards celebrate past and present ES-UP clients for excellence in recruiting and retaining women in computing education. The awards reflect and reward practices that NCWIT recognizes as having the most significant impact on the long-term goal of increasing the number of women in information technology and other computing-related fields. Winning departments show significant positive outcomes in women’s enrollment and graduation rates, and have excellent potential for building on these gains. Both small and large departments are recognized and encouraged to apply.

Congratulations to 2017 recipients:

  • (Grand Prize winner) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Computer Science
  • (Second Place winner) University of Michigan, Division of Computer Science and Engineering
  • (Second Place winner) University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Computer Science
  • Honorable Mentions include the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Computer and Information Science, and New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Departments of Computer Science and Engineering; Technology, Science and Culture; and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Representatives from each institution will be honored at the 2017 NCWIT Summit, and you can read about their award-winning initiatives online.

What are the Awards?

Applications for the 2017 NEXT Awards have closed. Information regarding the application process for 2018 will be coming soon.

Current and former Extension Services clients are eligible.

  1. Excellence in Promoting Women in Undergraduate Computing ($100,000): This award is given to an ES-UP Client organization (department or departments, college) that demonstrates a strong commitment to and proven results in recruiting and retaining women into undergraduate computing programs. The Awardee is able to demonstrate: 1) an upward and sustained trend in admissions, enrollments, and graduations of women in the targeted majors over the previous five years; 2) a focus on institutional and structural change; 3) the effective use of NCWIT resources and strategies related to the ES-UP Systemic Change model and appropriate to the organization’s particular circumstances; and 4) that the work is the result of a team effort.
  2. 2nd Place Excellence in Promoting Women in Undergraduate Computing  ($50,000): This award is given to an ES-UP Client organization (department or departments, college) that demonstrates 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 Awardee is able to demonstrate: 1) an upward and sustained trend in admissions, enrollments, and graduations of women within the targeted majors over the previous five years; 2) a focus on institutional and structural change; 3) the effective use of NCWIT resources and strategies related to the ES-UP Systemic Change model and appropriate to the organization’s particular circumstances; and 4) that the work is the result of a team effort.

For questions about the NEXT Awards, contact es@ncwit.org.

View Previous Winners

People Involved: 

Lucy Sanders

CEO and Co-founder
NCWIT

Lecia Barker

Senior Research Scientist
University of Colorado Boulder

Leisa Thompson

Director of Research and Consulting for Extension Services
NCWIT

Gretchen Achenbach

Research Scientist
NCWIT

Zhen Wu

Research Scientist
NCWIT

Sherri L. Sanders

Director of Extension Services
NCWIT