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 Google 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.
Letter from ACM-W chair
One of the rewarding things about serving as ACM-W Chair is the opportunity to meet so many people who have a real interest in supporting women in computing. Thanks to the many SIGCSE attendees who came by our booth in Baltimore and told us about many happening in Student Chapter and ACM Celebrations literally worldwide – it was exciting to hear from you! In just a few weeks, ACM-W, in partnership with CRA-W, will sponsor groups of faculty from Brazil, France, Greece, India and the United Kingdom to attend the 2018 Grad Cohort Workshop for Women in San Francisco, CA. I look forward to meeting all of these women and to assisting them in realizing their goal of creating a similar program of support in their home countries.
The International Gender Gap Project Continues
As was announced in the November 2017 newsletter, ACM-W has been participating in the International Gender Gap Project with the International Council for Science and several other partner organizations. In this newsletter, we bring a report from Larry Lubowa, who attended a Gender Gap workshop in Cape Town, South Africa and will be an active participant of the ongoing project efforts in Africa. You may recall that Larry is also key in leading ACM-W’s outreach efforts through Stawa University to women in Uganda.
Other ACM-W News
This newsletter also includes the following from our project committees:
- ACM-W Europe announces important deadlines for womENcourage 2018, which will be held in Belgrade, Serbia next fall. The report also includes an invitations to attend Informatics for All, the ACM Celebration in Spain and the ACM Celebration of Women in Computing in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- Tech Intersections: Women of Color in Computing, an ACM Celebration is highlighted in the Celebrations report.
- The Professional Chapters report shines a spotlight on the ACM-W Cyprus Chapter and the programs it is doing to support students and young professional women in computing.
- A reminder of upcoming Student Chapter award opportunities appears in the Student Chapters report alongside a welcome to our two newest ACM-W Student Chapters.
- The Scholarship Program announces the recipients of the latest round of awards that will enable students to attend the ACM CHI Conference in Montreal, Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) in Portugal, and the 39th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Francisco, CA.
Call for Volunteers
The ACM-W Council is very grateful for the hard work of the many volunteers who keep our projects successfully running. But there is always room and need for “more hands on deck”. We continue to need assistance in the area of social media. So if Facebook and Twitter are among your favorite pastimes, please consider joining our social media team to help us keep these avenues of communication active and relevant for those who follow them. If interested, contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll be happy to get you connected into this effort.
A Final Note
March through May are very busy times for our Celebrations project. Please check the list of upcoming events (https://women.acm.org/celebrations-2017-18/) and attend one near you, if at all possible. If there is not a Celebration in your general area, consider this an invitation to find some others near you who could explore the establishment of your regions’ ACM Celebration of Women in Computing.
Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.
ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program deadline is April 15.
The ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated at six occasions each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with usually between 3 to 6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM-W Scholarships are made possible due to the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle. For more information and to apply visit: women.acm.org/scholarships.
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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