ACM-W Scholarships Update

Attending conferences in person allows young and upcoming researchers to make meaningful human connections leading to strong collaborations, sometimes life-long ones, and to aspire to be more than they might otherwise do. The pandemic is still not over, and its impact and consequences have been felt across the world. We, the ACM-W scholarship committee, feel sorry especially for those female students who are at the beginning or in the middle of their PhD, when attending a conference in person can be a true life-changer. 

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences Program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. This program was started in 2013 by Valerie Barr.

The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated on 6 occasions each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible due to the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. ACM-W has helped students attend a wide range of meetings including SIGGRAPH, SIGCHI, Women in Cyber Security, ACM EC, SIGCSE, IEEE Conferences, DIS, IPDPS, ICCC, ACM CHI, AAMAS, FLAIRS, WIMS, CSCW, GECCO, ICAPS, and ICSE, amongst others.

Scholarships Awarded – Congratulations to the Recent Winners!

This month we report the names of the five lucky winners who will be attending conferences in July 2021. In undergraduate; Majoring in Computer Science, Abigail Oppong from Ghana to attend Computing, Computational Modelling and Application in Ghana. Majoring in Mathematics, Hetvi Jethwani from India to attend The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) 2021. In Graduate School; The following students from Italy will also be attending GECCO 2021, Masters in Engineering, Giorgia Nadizar, Masters in Computer Science, Lara Dal Molin (studying in UK) and PhD in Engineering student, Erica Salvato.

 Apply for Next Scholarship

The deadline is October 15 for conferences taking place between Dec 1 – Jan 30, 2022. For more details and to apply visit:  https://women.acm.org/scholarships/

For any questions, please contact the scholarship committee chair Prof. Viviana Bono, at bono@di.unito.it.

 Other Awards that May be of Interest

Grant: Helmut Veith Stipend for Female Master’s Students in Computer Science – Scholarship for women in mathematics/computer science at http://www.vcla.at/helmut-veith-stipend/

Annual Deadline: November 30

Announcements from the ACM-W Scholarship Committee

We welcome Dr. Catherine Inibhunu, the new ACM-W Scholarship Committee Member. Catherine is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ontario Tech University in Canada. https://businessandit.ontariotechu.ca/ai4hw/researchers/post-doc/index.php.

We look forward to when some normalcy may suffice as we continue to advance science and technology in virtual settings.