RIT’s Women in Computing Group Awards Five Scholarships

Scholarships funded five students’ trip to a national conference

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Women in Computing at RIT, a new association in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences designed to broaden women’s participation in the computing discipline, recently awarded five scholarships for students to attend the 2008 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.

The October conference, which was held in Colorado, is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

“It was very fascinating to see women working in so many different areas of computing that I didn’t even know existed,” says software engineering major Jen Goldbach, a scholarship recipient. “There were many big name companies recruiting at the conference who were very committed to diversity and recruiting women for co-ops and full-time jobs.”

Applicants were asked to write an essay describing why they wanted to attend the conference and how they planned to share the experience with others.

The other scholarship winners were Deana Brown (information technology), Monica Hirst (software engineering), Maegan Stanek (security and information assurance), Cynthia Strong (networking and system administration).