Mission Statement

ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Our Corporate Supporters

We are very grateful for the support of several corporate sponsors. At present, ACM-W has funding from both Oracle (through Oracle Academy) and Google for our scholarship program, and continuing support from Microsoft Research for the Celebrations. Thanks to their generosity in helping us to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing.

Letter from ACM-W chair

Last month we announced the first ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing (which is happening later this month). Continuing with exciting news in 2015, we are delighted to announce a new effort, in collaboration with NCWIT and funded by Google, that will see significant growth in ACM-W student chapters. Please read the blurb and click the link to see the full announcement.

This month’s issue of Connections also includes very interesting reports from the Ohio Celebration event and from an event held jointly by ACM-W India and the Madras Management Association. Please check these out and see what our ACM-W volunteers are pursuing!

Finally, just a personal note. Last week I spoke to two CS classes at Bard High School Early College in New York City. Of the 60 total CS students, 44 are young women! That was very exciting to see. Let us know where you’ve been advocating for CS and for women in computing!

~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair

What's NEW for 2015

It is time to plan for 2015. Check out news from chapters, celebrations and our international partners in Europe and India in the March 2015 issue of ACM-W Connections.

The Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing – a Post-Celebration Report

by Bettina Bair, The Ohio State University, OCWiC Publicity Chair

OCWiC was held at the spacious Lodge at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio on February 20-21, 2015. The nearly 200 attendees ranged from freshmen to graduate students, from faculty to women working in IT jobs in industry. There were 29 colleges and universities from Ohio represented. The event was highly successful, as was evident in some of the comments of attendees.

“Seeing other women achieve so much helps me to positively see my future in the field, and what I can potentially do to impact it.”

“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share what I've been working so hard on. I was also very encouraged that the audience had excellent questions.”

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Career panels focused on either industry or academic careers. In the industry career panel, the audience was able to hear from professionals from companies like Microsoft, Marathon, OE Connection, GE and Cardinal Health. Academic career panelists from Wright State University, Allegheny College, Case Western Reserve University and University of Dayton spoke about their decision to pursue research and how they balance the demands of career with personal life.

Undergraduate students had the opportunity to showcase their research with a poster session that kicked off the conference on Saturday morning. The professionally executed posters showed everything from the benefits of hackathons to a methodology for finding transcription factor binding sites. Two students, Christine Antonsen of Oberlin College and Kiera Dobbs, College of Wooster, were awarded $1000 to attend the international Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston, TX later this year. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Samantha Mater, Krista Lafentres, Stephen Checkoway, Cynthia Taylor of Oberlin College and Alexandra Coman, Victoria Kerr, Thomas Bowersock, Yuki Matoba, Andrew Warren, of Ohio Northern University.

paper presentations were made by faculty and graduate students alike. The diversity of the topics illustrated the breadth and scope of opportunities in computing. There were presentations on cracking binary analysis, performance versus quality of responses in online systems and internships.

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the two day conference, the women had many opportunities for informal socializing and networking. Besides the informal meal arrangements with seating at large tables, there were interactive workshops and a dance party that ran late into the evening.

[photo credit: RockRollExpress.com]

The highlight of the conference was the keynote speech by Dr. Lynn Andrea Stein, a founding faculty member at Olin College of Engineering, Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, and Associate Dean and Director of the Collaboratory. Stein's research spans the fields of artificial intelligence, programming languages, and human-computer interaction. Dr. Stein’s inspiring talk wove together themes of artificial and human intelligence to explore the biological and cultural foundations of diversity and bias.

Most attendees left the conference with new professional and academic goals, and strategies for achieving them. For example,

“I plan on taking a slightly different approach to acquiring a job, and internship.”

“[I plan to] take into consideration the pursuit of a higher education past what I am currently pursuing.”

“I found out that some grad schools that people were attending had a more universal approach to artificial intelligence and robotics than others, so I will look for a grad school that takes this approach.”

The OCWiC conference represented a rare opportunity for women in computing to interact and share experiences in a collegial and collaborative environment.

Featured article

Fran Berman, the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Chair of the Research Data Alliance / US, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, is interviewed by Sarah Loos, a senior Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University and former Student Trustee of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Berman's gives advice all reader's can apply, with a special focus on early career development. Read the full interview here .

Why You Should Join ACM-W

If you think it is important to recruit and retain as many women as possible in the computing field, you should join ACM-W! Together, we will help celebrate, inform and support women in computing:

  • Celebrate: One of the most popular ways to celebrate women in computing is by starting and/or attending an ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing; the accomplishments of women in computing are at the heart of ACM-W's e-Newsletter and Blog. And ACM-W encourages its members to celebrate the work of prominent women by nominating them for Awards -- such as the Athena Award & Lecture -- as well as ACM Advanced Grade Membership.
  • Inform: Via ACM-W's student scholarship program, young women are informed about the research going on, and become acquainted with the researchers, in their field. Members of ACM-W Student Chapters are informed about the educational and career opportunities available to them.
  • Support: Lend your enthusiasm, inspiration, and support to ACM-W, and help make a difference in the global computing community!

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