Boulder, Colo. (PRWEB) July 16, 2013
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Symantec are awarding $10,500 in seed funding to 14 student-run projects that work to increase the numbers of women studying computer science and information technology. Since 2010, the NCWIT Student Seed Fund, sponsored by Symantec, has distributed $43,250 in funding to 70 student-run projects at universities and colleges nationwide.
The winners of round six of the NCWIT Student Seed Fund will receive $750 each for projects that recruit, retain, and encourage girls and women in technology and computing. 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.
"Symantec is proud to support programs that help create an environment that attracts and retains a diverse technical pipeline of top talent,” said Norma Olmos, Senior Director of Global Diversity. “We recognize the business advantages of a diverse workforce and believe that women in tech play an integral role in that success."
"We know that support at the college level is essential in encouraging more young women to enter the technology workforce," said Lucy Sanders, CEO of NCWIT. "We’re proud to partner with Symantec on an initiative that sponsors both women in computing and the institutions that support them."
Following are the recipients of the NCWIT Student Seed Fund awards:
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 450 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.
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