In a recent BU Educational Technology article, Professor Abbas Attarwala describes how...
Women in Computer Science
Nationwide, women students are underrepresented in computer science. To give women students in the CS Department at BU an opportunity to interact with each other, share experiences, and discuss and address concerns, Professor Margrit Betke organizes “Women in Computer Science” seminars. Information about career opportunities, scholarships, and other opportunities are provided. The CS Department has supported several women graduate students to attend the annual Grace-Hopper Conference and other career-building workshops. Women students have also been involved in various research projects in the department. Here are some examples:
- Emily Yu’s CRA Summer 2008 Project
- Sarah Dubauskas and Kenda Stuart’s CREW-2002–2003 Project
- Jessie Burger’s and Christen Ng’s CRA Summer 2003 Project
- Diane Hirsh started her research career with a CRA project and BA thesis
- Maria Shugrina’s project on empathic painting.
- Women in CS at BU
- Women in CS at BU Linkedin group
- CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-Women) The goal of the organization is to take positive action to increase the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels.
- ACM’s Committee on Women in Computing
- Association for Women in Computing
- The Society of Women Engineers
- IEEE Women in Engineering Committee
- The Promotion of Women in Computer Science
- The National Academies: Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM)
- MentorNet is the E-Mentoring Network for Women in Engineering and Science. Women who are studying engineering or science are paired with professional scientists and engineers working in industry, to help them form email-based mentoring relationships.
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The CS Department offers three $500 awards for students that want to attend. Please contact Professor Betke or Professor Snyder if you are interested in attending this conference so that they can help you apply for the award.
Fellowships, Grants, and Jobs
- NSF-STC Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
Boston University Ada Draper Award of Outstanding CAS Senior Women for travel or studying abroad after graduation (GPA at least 3.5). Contact CAS Academic Advising Center (CAS 105) by January.
- CREU: Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computer Science and Engineering
- CRA-Women: Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research – Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU).
- Scholarship Search Engine by “Adventures in Education”
- Sigma Xi: Grants in Aid of Research for Undergraduates. Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually.
- NSF fellowship for seniors applying for graduate school.
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science Awards. Application forms available in early August. Eligibility: citizens.
- Graduate Research Program for Women sponsored by Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories
- The National Academies Fellowship Programs
- Krell Institute: Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
- NPSC: National Physical Science Consortium: Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences (U.S. citizen, 3.0 GPA, deadline: Nov 5 annually)
- Sigma Xi: Grants in Aid of Research for Graduate Students. Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually.
Post-docs and Faculty
- Radcliffe Fellowship Program
- Boston University Clare Booth Luce Graduate Fellowships
- Women in Higher Education