NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards

  • NEXT Award
  • NEXT Award
  • NEXT Award

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 -- with funding from --the NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards.

These awards recognize ES-UP client departments that have shown significant positive outcomes in women’s enrollment and graduation rates, and have excellent potential for building on these gains. The awards reflect and reward practices that NCWIT recognizes as having the most significant impact on our long-term goal of increasing the number of women in information technology and other computing-related fields.

We are pleased to announce the 2015 NEXT Awardees!


Department of Computer Science & Engineering


School of Informatics and Computing
Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering


University of Pennsylvania
Departments of Computer and Information Science, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Texas at El Paso
Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Civil Engineering


Applications for the 2016 Awards open on August 3, 2015.

Find out more about the NEXT Awards program and the application process by visiting our Learn More About the NEXT Awards webpage.


For questions about the NEXT Awards, contact the ES-UP Program Manager, Emmy Soyka.

Learn more about Extension Services for Undergraduate Programs (ES-UP) and about NCWIT promising practices and other resources.



People Involved: 

Lucy Sanders

CEO and Co-founder

Beth Quinn

Director of Extension Services

Emmy Soyka

Extension Services Program Manager

Lecia Barker

Senior Researcher
University of Texas

Joanne M. Cohoon

Senior Researcher
University of Virginia

Leisa Thompson

Extension Services Director of Research & Consulting