Celebrating Technology Leaders – Women in UI/UX

Thursday, December 10 at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT, a panel discussion featuring Evren Holland (Head of User Experience and Design, MotiveMetrics), Eunjoo Kim (UX Design Lead, Google), and Iram Mirza (UX lead for Play Store and Monetization), with host Bushra Anjum [on demand]

ACM-W North America News

Despite at times feeling like we are at a standstill in 2020, we are excited to see that four new ACM-W Student Chapters have formed. This recognition that needs still remain for women to support other women in the field of computing is important. Since we are starting to hear more and more that the pandemic has impacted women more than men, we can think of no better way to support women at this critical juncture than now.

We are delighted to be able to highlight six women in computing in this newsletter. These women are from various sectors, including a high school student, Lillian Peterson, who won the prestigious ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize, and Saiph Savage, the co-director of the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s (UNAM) Civic Innovation Lab and one of MIT’s 2018 35 Innovators Under 35.

We’ve also recently launched our newest subcommittee, the Empowerment of Marginalized Communities Subcommittee. This team is forming in order to specifically address the unique needs of those who do not identify as men and who face additional challenges placed on them within the culture of the computing community. Through this subcommittee, we will work to ensure all of our services are meaningful and relevant to all women in our community.


Volunteers Needed

ACM-W North America volunteers are the best! We are committed to celebrating, advocating, promoting, and supporting women in tech. Care to join us? We are in particular need of volunteers outside of the United States. If you live in North America and have experience with communications (e.g., interviewing, editing, preparing social media), forming student chapters or advocating for marginalized groups, we would love to hear from you. Reach us at acm-w-na@volunteer.acm.org.

New Chapters

Welcome to the four newest ACM-W Student Chapters, including one from Mexico! Say hello to:

  • Universidad Panamericana ACM-W Student Chapter in Mexico City, Mexico with shout outs to Sarahi Aguilar Gonzalez, inaugural chair, and faculty sponsor Dr. Lourdes Martinez Martinez.
  • Christian Brothers University (CBU) ACM-W Student Chapter in Tennessee, USA, with shout outs to Wendy Almendares, inaugural chair, and faculty sponsor Dr. James McGuffee.
  • University of New Orleans ACM-W Student Chapter in Louisiana, USA, with shout outs to Huong Nguyen, inaugural chair, and faculty sponsor Dr. Farjana Z Eishita.
  • California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) ACM-W Student Chapter in California, USA, with shout outs to Mariana K Duarte, inaugural chair, and faculty sponsor Dr. Chandrika Satyavolu.

Thank you all for your time and commitment supporting women studying computing.

ACM Celebrations in North America

We are now accepting registration for Celebrations in North America. Visit this link to complete the registration form. Additional information relevant to 2020-21 Celebrations (including virtual Celebrations) is available here.

ACM-W North America Profiles

We have recently interviewed six women in North America:

Saiph Savage
  • Saiph Savage. Saiph is one of MIT’s 2018 Latin American Innovators Under 35, talked about how she got into computing, her work studying the intersection between tech and activism, and what work she’s most excited about right now. Her interviews are recorded in both English and Spanish.
Lillian Petersen
  • Lillian Petersen. Lillian is a young researcher and the winner of the 2019-20 of the ACM/CSTA Cutler Bell Prize for creating a tool to help aid organizations increase food security in sub-Saharan Africa. She has been doing a research project every year since 7th grade on topics ranging from predicting weather patterns to studying cancer.
Clara Yuan
  • Clara Yuan. Clara Yuan is a senior research science lead at Convoy Inc, a digital freight network startup. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech. She has a bright intensity that she brings to everything from the world of transportation to her dog, Donut.
Sydney O’Connor
  • Sydney O’Connor. Sydney O’Connor, a fifth year student at the University Of Cincinnati and president of the school’s ACM-W chapter talks about her path to computing, her inspirations, firmware development, and why it’s important to find community in computing.
Karina Mariela Figueroa Mora
  • Karina Figueroa. Dr. Karina Mariela Figueroa Mora is a professor and researcher in the Physical-Mathematical Science Department of Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. She’s focused in the study of algorithms, information retrieval, metric databases, as well as software development for math education. Her interviews are recorded in both English and Spanish.
Mary Baker
  • Mary Baker. Working in 3D print is the first time Mary has been able to apply programming, design, mathematics, and artistic license all at once. She talks about her experiences in this interview.

Eight Unexpected Ways to Connect with ACM-W


by Bettina Bair, ACM-W Communications co-Chair

Did you know that ACM-W has more than 40,000 ACM-W members, all over the world? I love looking at this map! It looks like we built a circuit with flashing lights, but the lights are awesome people! But without our in-person celebrations on hold, we are finding new ways to stay connected. We believe in supporting, advocating and celebrating women in computing, across the whole circuit, even when we can’t see your face.

What’s new in your world?

Personally, my morning routine involves checking email, checking my newsfeeds and finishes with Facebook. (I know. I’m not immune to Facebook struggles, but apparently I have minimum daily requirement of outrage, sunsets, and kitten photos.)

ACM-W is posting updates on all of these media channels

If you want to keep up with what’s happening with ACM-W, you have choices. It’s just like an all-you-can-eat buffet.

  1. Facebook: ACM-W, Chapters, Celebrations for announcements and stories
  2. LinkedIn for career tips and discussion
  3. Twitter for announcements and chat
  4. YouTube for recorded webinars, workshops and more
  5. Check out student chapters near you. They may have their own newsletter, Twitter and Instagram.
  6. Say Hello at our virtual event booth
  7. Subscribe to the email Newsletter
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    Lets get together soon. I miss your face.

    ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences

    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 six times each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences. The ACM Scholarships are made possible nowadays by the generous support of Google and Oracle. The program was started in 2013 by Elaine Weyuker and has been run without any funding interruptions since then.

    The scholarship exposes students to prominent researchers in their field, introduces students to new research, and excites them about doing research by themselves. We ask students to share with us some of their thoughts on the conference they attend, preferably with a picture, so that we can show our readers and funders the diversity of our winners. The full collection of previous reports from the students awarded scholarships  can be found now at https://women.acm.org/scholars/acm-w-scholars/.

    This month, almost eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to introduce the two winners of the Scholarship Awards last round. Yes, academia is still trying to cope with the new reality of the pandemic, and many conferences decided to hold virtual meetings only. Many conferences have decreased their fees, some have not. As we mentioned in our last newsletter in September the Committee has decided to keep judging and granting scholarships, if students need them. In  the last newsletter, the committee has also communicated its decision to open the application process to women students working on computing on interdisciplinary environments.

    Thus we are pleased to announce the award granted in the last round of discussions to Bhavya Peapully Shroff, from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) to attend ICIS,  the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2020 and to Jiayi Li from UCLA, Dept of Statistics, to attend NeurIPS 2020, the Thirty-fourth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.

    We hope all of you and yours are healthy and well!

    The next application deadline is December 15 for conferences taking place February, 1st—March 31st, 2021.   For more information and to apply visit: https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

    If you have any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, bono@di.unito.it