Previous NCWIT Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Recipients

2020 Recipients

  • Donghee Yvette Wohn, Junior Faculty member (Assistant or Lecturer rank—6 years or less) of research-track at PhD granting university
    Assistant Professor of Informatics, New Jersey Institute of Technology

    As the director of the Social Interaction Lab, Dr. Wohn successfully recruited and worked with 59 undergraduate researchers on projects related to human-computer interaction. Almost half of these students have been women. As a result of working with Dr. Wohn, undergraduate students have been co-authors on ten peer-reviewed publications, four of which listed an undergraduate student as the lead author. Students have also attended numerous academic conferences to present research they did in her lab.

  • Susan Rodger, Senior faculty member (Professor, Associate or Lecturer rank—more than 6 years) at Associate, BS, or MS granting university or teaching-track faculty at PhD granting university
    Professor of Practice in the Computer Science Department, Duke University

    Since 1990, Dr. Rodger has supervised 93 undergraduates in research, 36 of whom have been women. For the past 15 years, she has organized a weekly research seminar series for Computer Science undergraduates doing research in the summer. Research topics Dr. Rodger’s students have worked on include the development and evaluation of ways to integrate computing education into K-12 curricula and ways to visualize theoretical computer science concepts, in particular automata theory and grammars.

  • Dave Levin, Junior Faculty member (Assistant or Lecturer rank—6 years or less) of research-track at PhD granting university
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Maryland

    Dr. Levin is committed to creating opportunities for undergraduates to gain experience with research so that they can explore whether a research career is right for them. Recognizing that many undergraduates lack awareness of what computing research entails and the benefits it can offer, Dr. Levin reaches out to students through an "Introduction to Research" course and an all-women Tech+Research hackathon. He established Breakerspace, an undergraduate research lab, to help scale research opportunities for students.

  • Lenore Cowen, Senior faculty member (Professor or Associate rank—more than 6 years) of research-track at PhD granting university
    Professor in the Computer Science Department, Tufts University

    Many of Dr. Cowen’s 21 undergraduate research advisees have gone on to top graduate programs in computer science, including MIT, Brown, Princeton, University of Washington, and Rice. She has served as a mentor four times for the Computing Research Association’s Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) program, which matches undergraduate women with women faculty for a summer research experience. Three of these projects resulted in published papers, co-authored by the student(s).

(pictured from left to right): Donghee Yvette Wohn, Susan Rodger, Dave Levin, and Lenore Cowen

2019 Recipients

  • Dr. Anna Ritz (Junior Faculty member at an Associate, BS, or MS granting university): Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, Reed College. As a computer scientist working in a Biology department, Dr. Ritz brought computational thinking to her college. Nearly 60 percent of students in her programming-heavy introductory classes have been women or non-binary individuals. She has supervised several projects in which undergraduates researched applications of computer science to questions in the field of genetics, including a project extending the use of hypergraphs to represent cancer cell data, which won Best Poster at ACM-BCB 2016.

  • Dr. Tzu-Yi Chen (Senior Faculty member at an Associate, BS, or MS granting university): Professor of Computer Science, Pomona College. Dr. Chen approaches undergraduate mentoring as an opportunity to help students gain skills and confidence in all aspects of the research process, from contextualizing a problem to publicizing the findings. Projects she has supervised have led to 13 co-author credits for undergraduate students on conference and journal publications. She also utilizes research meetings as a chance to provide supplemental guidance and mentorship for students from underrepresented groups.

  • Dr. Natalia Villanueva Rosales (Junior Faculty member in research track at PhD granting university): Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Rosales has mentored 26 students in undergraduate research, 96.15 percent of whom have been members of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups. Her own research explores the ways diverse teams with membership spanning different disciplines, cultures, and geographical borders use and share knowledge. Her efforts have led to international exchange opportunities for undergraduate research students, as well as funding for more than 20 undergraduate Research Assistant positions.

  • Dr. Katie Siek (Senior Faculty member in research track at PhD granting university): Associate Professor of Informatics, Indiana University. Of the 52 students Dr. Siek has mentored in undergraduate research, 73 percent have been women. Her collaborations with undergraduates resulted in 13 highly competitive, peer-reviewed conference papers, with 22 undergraduates listed as co-authors. She started a yearly symposium where students can present their projects to the public, and co-organized a three-day research intensive for 92 undergraduate women called “Hello Research!” She also mentors other faculty in designing inclusive research projects for undergraduates.

(pictured from left to right): Anna Ritz, Natalia Villanueva Rosales, Tzu-Yi Chen, Katie Siek and award sponsor, Lisa Truppa, AT&T

2018 Recipients

  • Dr. J. Jenny Li (Junior Faculty member at a BS or MS granting university): Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, Kean University. Dr. Li’s undergraduate research mentoring has led to the publication of 20 co-authored papers, and several of her female mentees transferred into a computer science major as a result of working with her. Dr. Li has mentored more than 70 students, of whom 40 percent are women and 60 percent belong to minority groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields.

  • Dr. Gabriela Marcu (Junior Faculty member at a PhD granting university): Assistant Professor of Information Science in the College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University. With Dr. Marcu’s encouragement, undergraduate research teams with little prior experience have designed technological interventions to help breast cancer survivors and people living with HIV take advantage of best practices for improved health. She actively facilitates undergraduate women’s participation at national and international conferences through poster presentations. Of her more than 30 mentees, 40 percent have gone on to graduate study in computing fields.

  • Dr. Zoë Wood (Senior Faculty member at a BS or MS granting university): Professor of Computer Science & Software Engineering in the College of Engineering, California Polytechnic State University. Dr. Wood’s passion for mentorship leads her not only to support teams of undergraduates in conducting original research, but also to mentor undergraduate computer science students in developing curricula to introduce computing topics to elementary, middle and high school girls in fun and creative ways. She has mentored more than 80 students and advised more than 10 individual women on their senior research projects.

  • Dr. Lori Pollock (Senior Faculty member at a PhD granting university): Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Delaware. Dr. Pollock’s approach to mentoring undergraduate researchers begins with training them in the process and mindset of research, then coaching them toward refining their projects and publishing their results. She has mentored 55 undergraduates, 50 percent of whom are women, and her students have collectively earned more than 35 coauthor credits on software engineering research publications.

(pictured from left to right): Lori Pollack, Gabriela Marcu, J. Jenny Li (not pictured Zoë Wood)

2016 Recipients

  • Dr. Bonita Sharif: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems in the College of STEM, Youngstown State University
  • Dr. Amy Hurst: Assistant Professor, Human-Centered Computing in the Information Systems Department, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Dr. Daniel Garcia: Teaching Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, the University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. Tiffany Barnes: Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
2016 URM Group Photo
(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.

2015 Recipients

  • Dr. Renee Bryce: Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas
  • Dr. Margaret Burnett: Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University
  • Dr. Colleen Lewis: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College
  • Dr. Lorie Loeb: Research Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Dartmouth College
2015 NCWIT URM Winners
(pictured from left to right) Renee Bryce, Margaret Burnett, Mayim Balik, Colleen Lewis, and Patricia Morreale (accepting award for Lorie Loeb)

2014 Recipients

  • Dr. Robert Beck: Professor, Department of Computing Sciences, Villanova University
  • Dr. Marie desJardins: Professor, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • Dr. Silvia Figueira: Associate Professor, Department of Computer Engineering, Santa Clara University
  • Dr. Alan Jamieson: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Read more in this press release.

2013 Recipients

  • Dr. Margaret Martonosi: Professor, Department of Computer Science, Princeton University
  • Dr. Anne Ngu: Professor, Department of Computer Science, Texas State University
  • Dr. Fay Cobb Payton: Professor, Information Technology and University Faculty Scholar, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Cheryl Swanier: Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Fort Valley State University
URM Group Photo

2012 Recipients

Read more in this October 2012 issue of CACM (under "Milestones/CS Awards")

  • Dr. Diana Franklin: Tenure-Equivalent Teaching Faculty, Department of Computer Science, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Dr. Juan Gilbert: IDEaS Professor and Chair, Human-Centered Computing Division, School of Computing, Clemson University
  • Dr. Scott McCrickard: Associate Professor Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Mingrui Zhang: Professor, Department of Computer Science, Winona State University