NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

The NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes Academic Alliance representatives at non-profit, U.S. institutions (excluding U.S. territories) for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields.  

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award!


AT&T and NCWIT are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award.  The winners will be congratulated at the 2016 Summit.  See below for a list of the winners:

  • Dr. Bonita Sharif (Junior Faculty member at a B.S. or M.S. granting university): Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems in the College of STEM, Youngstown State University. Dr. Sharif is a part of the organizing committee for the Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing; she has held several chair positions and will be the program chair in the upcoming year. She has mentored 14 students, over 40% of which were women and almost 30% of her students have gone onto grad school.
  • Dr. Amy Hurst (Junior Faculty member at a PhD granting university): Assistant Professor, Human-Centered Computing in the Information Systems Department, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Hurst believes that mentoring is one of the best ways to support students as they grow intellectually and make their career choices. In her 5 years at UMBC she has mentored 41 students, 61% of which belong to underrepresented groups in STEM. Of her 41 students, 27% of them have gone on to graduate school.
  • Dr. Daniel Garcia (Senior Faculty member at a B.S. or M.S. granting university): Teaching Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Garcia has mentored 500 students in his 16 years at UC Berkeley, and has created a well-known name for himself. When the undergraduates gave a presentation to the faculty, their only request was to have more groups like Dan Garcia’s. 100 of his mentored students have gone onto graduate school and over 40% of his students belong to underrepresented groups in STEM.
  • Dr. Tiffany Barnes (Senior Faculty member at a PhD granting university): Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University. Dr. Barnes encourages students to apply for awards, honors, fellowships, and attend graduate school, scaffolding that experience with talks on how to write applications in addition to offering in-lab reviews for applications. Barnes has mentored 83 students with 73% of her students belonging to minority groups in computing. 55% of her mentored students have gone onto graduate school.

2016 URM Group Photo
The 2016 URM award winners pictured. From left to right: Luz Gonzalez (Senior Vice President of Solutions Delivery for sponsor AT&T), Bonita Sharif, Daniel Garcia, Tiffany Barnes, and Amy Hurst.

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People Involved: 

Robert Beck

Co-chair Liaison

Christine Alvarado

Project Team Co-leader

Anne Ngu

Project Team Co-leader