Boulder, Colo. (PRWEB) January 15, 2014
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announced today the seventh round of winners of the NCWIT Student Seed Fund, sponsored by Symantec Corporation. Each winner will receive $1,000 for projects that recruit, retain, and encourage girls and women to participate in technology and computing career fields.
The NCWIT Student Seed Fund has provided $53,250 in seed funding for 80 student-run projects at universities and colleges nationwide since 2010. NCWIT Student Seed Fund projects include programming workshops, after-school programs, student mentoring, peer support, professional training, and other opportunities serving thousands of elementary, middle-school, high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students. With Symantec’s support, NCWIT was able to increase the grant awarded to recipients of the seventh round of the NCWIT Student Seed Fund awards.
“Symantec recognizes the business advantages of a diverse technical workforce and is proud to support programs that help attract and retain diverse technical pipeline,” said Charmy Ruparel, Program Manager, Global Diversity. “We look forward to hearing the success stories of the student-led chapters and congratulate the winners for taking initiative to encourage more young women to enter the technology workforce.”
“Fifty-seven percent of undergraduate degrees are earned by women, but only 18 percent of computing degrees are earned by women,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO of NCWIT. “We are proud to support innovative student-led programs that can help to maintain female students’ interest in the computing discipline.”
Following are the recipients of the seventh round of the NCWIT Student Seed Fund awards:
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 500 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT helps organizations more effectively recruit, retain, and advance girls and women in K-12 through college education, and from academic to corporate and startup careers. Find out more at http://www.ncwit.org.