Colorado Joins NCWIT in Hosting Awards for Tech-Savvy High School Women

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Sept. 15, 2010

The University of Colorado at Boulder has joined forces with the Colorado Coalition for Gender & Information Technology, the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Denver, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to offer the Colorado Award for Aspirations in Computing for high school women in Colorado.

Applications are being accepted now through Oct. 15 for this statewide competition, which is being held in conjunction with NCWIT’s National Award for Aspirations in Computing. The national award was created to encourage more women to pursue computing and technology careers, introduce young women to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s contributions.

Students can apply online at for both the national and Colorado affiliate awards. Information about the Colorado award is available at

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, sponsored by Bank of America, is a national competition open to any U.S. high-school-level female in grades 9-12. Eighteen affiliate competitions are sponsored by Microsoft, with additional support from Motorola and Google.

“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical ― our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, chief executive and co-founder of NCWIT. “This award helps us recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked.”

CU-Boulder Associate Professor of computer science Ken Anderson is the lead organizer of the Colorado affiliate award. “Both the national and affiliate awards encourage young women to get involved in computing and to use it to help their local communities. It is our hope that the participants of these competitions choose to pursue careers in technology, helping the U.S. to meet demand in an area that is predicted to account for 60 percent of all new jobs in science and engineering between now and 2018.”

Other organizers of the Colorado affiliate award are Julie Gacnik of the University of Denver, Cyndi Rader of the Colorado School of Mines, and Mary Ann Roe of the Colorado Coalition for Gender & Information Technology.

Approximately 25 Colorado winners will be selected based on their aptitude and interest in computing and technology, leadership ability, academic performance and plans for post-secondary education.  Each winner will receive a range of prizes provided by national and local sponsoring organizations, as well as a plaque for herself and one for her school. National winners will receive $500 and a laptop computer.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a coalition of over 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies and non-profits working to increase women's participation in information technology. NCWIT’s national headquarters is located at CU-Boulder within the ATLAS institute.



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