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NCWIT: Mentor Students for the Collegiate Award

Org: National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

CISE researchers, and colleagues, can mentor undergraduate or graduate students. Young women are less likely than their male peers to receive mentoring from their teachers and professors throughout their STEM education (AAUW, 2015). Lack of mentoring is related to women’s reasons for leaving technical fields. CISE researchers can mentor undergraduate or graduate women in technology fields, including preparing them to apply for NCWIT’s Collegiate award. Winning this award offers technical women encouragement and recognition for their computing-related achievements.Your department must be an NCWIT Academic Alliance member for your students (any year of undergraduate or graduate) to participate in NCWIT Collegiate Award competitions. Your department may already be a member of our Alliance, which is over 600+ strong. The approximate time commitment: varies by level of involvement (~10-15 hours).

The NCWIT Collegiate Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC), sponsored by HP and Qualcomm, honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of collegiate women at all levels. Conferred upon up to six students annually, the Award recognizes technical projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential societal impact. Student applicants must be members of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community, currently attending an Academic Alliance Institution, and have a computing-related major. Awardees receive: $10,000 cash award, an engraved trophy, and a trip to the award ceremony at the annual NCWIT SummitBecoming part of this network can provide students with an increased sense of belonging, role modeling, and potential research opportunities and internships.

Departmental, Partnering

Intended Level(s)
Graduate, Undergraduate

Intended Population
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women

Program Costs

Program Matching Funds Available?
Not applicable

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