The University of Texas at Arlington Receives NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund to Bring More Women Into Computing
Arlington, Texas. April 15, 2019 – The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is among four institutions to receive the 2019 NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund. Powered by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) with support from Microsoft Research, the Seed Fund provides start-up funding to academic programs focused on recruiting and retaining women in computing. As a Seed Fund recipient, UTA receives up to $10,000 to launch outreach initiatives focused on encouraging female students to pursue computing. Specifically, UTA plans to host a Student Computing Research Festival where students will learn from professionals and engage with industry leaders with research competitions, student work exhibitions, speed mentoring, and panel sessions.
“These Seed Fund programs leverage effective recruitment strategies to attract women to computing,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “Ultimately, increasing women’s participation will lead to a more innovative and competitive technology workforce.” In the U.S. in 2016, women earned 57 percent of all bachelor's degrees, but only 19 percent of bachelor's degrees in Computer and Information Sciences. Engaging tech-related activities and opportunities can help to reverse this trend, reducing entry barriers by appealing to a variety of students and building on their existing interests and competence.
Computer Science & Engineering at UTA
UTA’s Computer Science and Engineering Department offers focus areas in biocomputing and health informatics, artificial intelligence and robots, networks, computer vision and multimedia, database and information systems, embedded systems and mobile computing, software engineering, sustainable computing, security and privacy, machine learning and data mining, and big data and large-scale computing. Students gain valuable experience working alongside faculty researchers, completing senior projects, and working internships.