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Female Students Majoring in Computer Fields Can Compete for $10,000 Award

November 11, 2015 -- CNM has been named a partner of Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), making female students majoring in Computer Information Systems or Computer Science eligible for a $10,000 cash prize.
Female Students Majoring in Computer Fields Can Compete for $10,000 Award

Nov 11, 2015

“This is a major award,” said Hye Clark, program chair for Computer Information Systems and Computer Science. “We are pleased that our students can now compete for it.”

The CNM/NCWIT partnership was forged after the community college hosted the Summer Technology Camps in July, funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the New Mexico Public Education Department. The camp sessions engaged local teens, especially underrepresented populations, with various technology pathways.

NCWIT works to affect the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing. The NCWIT Academic Alliance brings together more than 1,300 distinguished representatives from academic computing programs at some 400 colleges and universities across the country, including research universities, community colleges, women’s colleges and minority-serving institutions.

CNM female students studying Computer Information Systems or Computer Science can apply for the NCWIT Collegiate Award, sponsored by HP and Qalcomm. There are up to six $10,000 cash prizes that honor the outstanding technical accomplishments of college women in any year of study, recognizing technical projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential societal impact.

Besides the $10,000 cash award, the Collegiate Award winner receives an engraved trophy and a trip to the annual NCWIT Summit on Women and IT.

Another 12 women will be selected as honorable mentions and will receive $2,500 cash awards, framed certificates, a trip to the Summit and private receptions.

Students can apply on line at this site no later than 8 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 25.

CNM female students can apply for the Collegiate Award if they meet the following criteria:

  • Be a member of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community. Those interested should go to the website and create an account to be a member. It is free.
  • Be currently enrolled at an NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) community college, four-year college or university, or other AA higher education institution within the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or on any U.S. overseas military bases. CNM is a member.
  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in computing.

View the Collegiate Award Rules Sheet for a complete list of eligibility requirements.