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 Oracle (through Oracle Academy), Microsoft Research, and Google for our scholarships, from Two Sigma for the Athena Lecturer Award, and continuing support from Microsoft Research for the Celebrations and for community college-related activities. Thanks to their generosity in helping us to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing.

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

ACM-W is kicking off 2020 with lots of exciting news!

It with great pleasure that I announce the official establishment of ACM-W Asia-Pacific.  Following a successful workshop in Chengdu, China last May, women from Australia, China, Jakarta, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand continued to collaborate and work to establish this new regional committee.  Jacqueline Tate, Education Partnerships Manager at Coder Academy in Melbourne, Australia has accepted the role of inaugural chair of the group.  Other members of the leadership team include Deputy Chairs Pornsiri Muenchaisri (Thailand) and Jane Yang (China) and Events Chair Hiri Meidia (Indonesia).  The group has plans to convene another meeting in the coming months and explore the launching of a Celebration in the region as their first major event.  Look for more information from this committee in the coming months.

I am also pleased to announce that Vivienee Sze, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the winner of the 2020 ACM-W Rising Star Award.  The award, made possible through the benevolence of Athena Lecturer awardee Andrea Goldsmith, was established to recognize a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline.  More about Vivienne and her research appears later in this newsletter.  Congratulations, Vivienne!

Over the next four months there will be thirteen ACM Celebrations held in seven countries including India, the Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  Visit the project web page (https://women.acm.org/2019-2020-celebrations) for more information about these events.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims

ACM-W Chair

Reminder: Applications for International Grad Cohort program are due – deadline extended!

For the past three years, ACM-W has been sponsoring teams of 2-3 people from countries outside of North America to attend the CRA-WP Grad Cohort workshop for women in hopes that this successful program replicates in areas around the world.  To date, events have been held in Greece, India, Ireland and Spain.  Additional events are being planned in Kuwait, the Philippines, and Turkey.  This year’s Grad Cohort workshop will be held April 16-18, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. We are extending the application deadline through January 22, 2020.  You can find the form to apply at https://bit.ly/34WQvaK

Other ACM-W News

  • The next deadline for the Scholarships Program is February 15th.  See the Scholarships web page (https://women.acm.org/scholarships/) for more details.
  • ACM-W Professional Chapters feature the ACM-W Ankara chapter
  • The ACM-W North America Committee highlights its Celebrations.
  • The ACM-W Europe report recognizes two women recently named as ACM Fellows.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

What’s NEW

Thank you, NCWIT!

ACM-W extends its sincere thanks to our longstanding partner, the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), for its commitment to provide $27,000 to sponsor US-based Celebration during the 2019-2020 academic year.  These regional conferences are so impactful to the young women who attend.  Thank you, NCWIT, for your generous support!

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 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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