Press Release

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.

About NCWIT

The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund awards NCWIT Academic Alliance members at non-profit, U.S. institutions (excluding U.S. territories) with start-up funds (up to $10,000 per project) to grow their technology-related outreach program. To date, 59 member institutions have received a total of $665,450 to kick start initiatives including professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities, hands-on training, workshops, and more. Find out more at www.ncwit.org/seedfund. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,100 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase girls’ and women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

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SCRF - a festival for all students in computing
March 1, 2021


Funding for the Event Provided By

National Center for Women and Information Technology

Microsoft Research


Other Sponsors

Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin is a Platinum Sponsor
IEEE
IEEE Fort Worth Section is a Gold Sponsor
Rotary
Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club is a Gold Sponsor


Of Interest

OurCS@DFW is also happening at UTA. Learn more about it.


Computer Science and Engineering at UTA