Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Women in Computing at Michigan

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The field of computing is redefining our world in real-time, but it is also one in which women have historically been underrepresented. CSE strives to expand opportunities for women in computing through outreach, education, and through connection to resources.

As enrollments in computer science at Michigan have risen in recent years, we have seen a growing improvement in our institution's percentage of female CS students. This is true for students who have declared in CS through the College of Engineering, and for students who have declared in CS through the College of LSA.


Student Groups for Women in Computing at Michigan

gEECS (Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

The student-run organization is dedicated to encouraging the professional, academic, and social development of women in technology-related fields of study. The organization reaches out to women ranging from middle school girls to graduate students to promote the education and success of technologically inclined women. gEECs organizes a variety of events, so please check their website for updates.

ECSEL (Ensemble of CSE Ladies)

This is a group to support graduate women students in CSE at the University of Michigan. ECSEL aims to foster a sense of community among graduate women, support members' academic and career development, help incoming graduate students adapt and thrive in CSE, and generally enable a great graduate experience for their members. They hold get-togethers, study sessions, talks, workshops, and other events.

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Student Profile: Grace Kendall
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Latest News

Ada Lovelace Opera and Lightning Talks Highlight Women's Contributions to Computing

A creative event designed to showcase women's contributions as computer scientists took place November 16. The Ada Lovelace Opera began with eight TED-style lightning talks by female faculty and students at UM who are engaged in cutting-edge computing research. The talks were followed by an opera on Ada Lovelace's establishment as the research partner of inventor Charles Babbage in the 1840s, which was performed by students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

CS KickStart Wants First-Year Women to Succeed in Computer Science

The second annual CS KickStart took place August 27 September 1, 2017, on North Campus in the Bob and Betty Beyster Building. CS KickStart is a free week long summer program for incoming first-year students that aims to improve the enrollment and persistence of women in U-Ms computer science program. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Women in Computing  

CSE Receives NCWIT Award for Recruiting and Retention Efforts of Women in Computing

The Computer Science and Engineering Division has received a NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Award for excellence in promoting women in undergraduate computing. Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Google, the NEXT Awards honor academic departments that show significant positive outcomes in increasing womens meaningful participation in computing education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Women in Computing  

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