Published: April 25, 2016 By

Group photoFaculty in the Department of Information Science and ATLAS joined the ongoing effort at the University of Colorado Boulder to run the awards event for the Colorado NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award, now in its seventh year.  The event, sponsored by the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), headquartered here on campus, has been run by Ken Anderson of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

This year, a team of faculty from across the the University of Colorado in computer science, ATLAS and information science came together to plan an even bigger and better event, hosting a half-day long program honoring and supporting high school women‹and their teachers‹who are excelling in computing.

Sixty-nine high-school women were honored from across Colorado. Faculty Casey Fiesler (INFO), Danielle Szafir (INFO), Ben Shapiro (ATLAS) and Ken Anderson (CS) were supported by Edie Cheng, Kaivi Kumar, Ammi Ludwick, Ruthe Farmer and Lucy Sanders of NCWIT for the day¹s activities, which included a pre-event workshop and a panel of technical women from industry and academia.

The event was a year in planning, with students, schools, and teachers from across the state applying to the program last fall.

Financial sponsors of the event included ViaWest, Twitter, the Zayo Group and Medtronic, who also contributed to the prizes that were given to the awardees at the event.

For pictures of faculty and students in action, see the Facebook photo album.