Programs

The Maryland Center for Women in Computing seeks to bring extraordinary women into computing through outreach, professional development, and community building.

Outreach Programs

CompSciConnect 

Computer Science Connect is a summer camp designed to introduce middle school girls (as well as boys from underrepresented groups) to computing.  During the three-year summer program, students learn to program robots, Scratch, dynamic web pages, and basic virtual reality.  Students also learn number theory, cybersecurity, logic puzzles, as well as computer use and safety. 

Throughout the academic year, students are invited to continue the program during monthly meetings. They prepare presentations for parents and friends, donors, and the community at the Annual Showcase during the fall and at Maryland Day during the spring.

CompSciConnect's name invokes the new and exciting connections that students will make to Computer Science, with one another, and to a variety of fields in which computing is a significant part.

MCWiC teaching ambassadors lead camp sessions and provide intelligent, positive, and energetic role models for all participants.

This project is supported in part by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)-Bethesda Chapter. To learn more about CompSciConnect visit our website.

STEM/Robotics K-12 Outreach

Throughout the year, MCWIC Ambassadors take our curriculum on the road to visit local organizations and schools (ex. local Girl Scout troops) with a fun STEM activity. Activities last approximately 2 hours.  STEM options include LEGO Mindstorm Robots, cryptology activities and programming that provide an introduction to computing principles.  If your group is interested in learning more about these options, please complete this form to tell us more about your group and your interest. 

Weekly Elementary & Middle School Outreach

In a weekly after-school program, MCWIC Ambassadors provide weekly after-school programs in the local community to expose more students to computing through hands-on activities and real world problems. Much of the curriculum is adapted from CompSciConnect.  Schools can only be added to our current program between June- August and December- January. If your school is interested in this program, please complete this form.

JumpStart Computing Workshop at UMD

Elementary students are invited to the University of Maryland for an interactive learning experience  in computing, robotics, and cybersecurity! Undergraduate students lead workshops in topics such as Python Art, Robotic Challenge, and Cryptography. This event provides students with the opportunity to explore computing topics, and learn about additional resources to continue their learning. View the flyer here.

Previous
Date: May 5th, 2018

Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm
Cost: $15 (includes Lunch, materials, and goodie bag)

Audience: Current 3rd- 5th Graders.

Future workshops will be added. 

High School Computing Workshops at UMD

Each semester, the MCWIC host 1-3 one-day workshops geared toward exposing students to different types of computing. Workshops are opened to all students from 8th-12th grade.

Current workshops include: 

Stay tuned! 

Past workshops include:

Intro to Programming

Virtual Reality Programming

Find Your Niche: Creating Animations with Alice Programming

Find Your Niche: Intro to Python

Find Your Niche: Introduction to Interactive Web Development

Rise-Up 4 CS -Maryland

Project Rise Up 4 CS helps under-represented (female, Hispanic, African American,Native American) students pass the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A course and exam. You must be currently enrolled in an AP CS A (Java)  to apply.

Program Components:

  • Remote one-hour help sessions twice a week (only need access to a computer with an internet connection)
  • In-person help sessions with free food at the University of Maryland 
  • One-on-one online tutoring sessions taught by UMD CS Students

Program Benefits:

  • Deepen your knowledge of computer science and do well in your AP CS A course
  • Meet other high school students who are passionate about computing
  • Chance to win a prize if you send your AP score by the end of July

To apply, complete this application:  Go.umd.edu/RiseUp4CS

To view a printable flyer, click here

NCWIT Aspirations

In collaboration with National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT), Maryland-Delaware Affiliate Chapter, the Center recognizes  young women in high school who pursue their passion in computing in an award ceremony each Spring.  Both local and national award winners are invited to attend the event on campus. In the past women from companies including Northrop Grumman serve as table hosts to encourage these young women to pursue a career in computing. View past winners and events here.

Download Aspirations flyer here.

Women's Society Cyberjutsu

Each month the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu offer a hands on training to students and professionals on relevant issues in cyber in collaboration with MCWIC. 

Girls Who Code-UMD Chapter

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3%. Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. Join us on Sundays from 1-3pm at the University of Maryland to have fun, learn computer science, and meet awesome friends! To learn more and to register, please complete this form.

Cyber Girls Ambassadors

In partnership with WIT (the local professional Women in Technology), UMD Computer Science students go into the high schools to coach high school students to participate in the CyberPatriot competition through after school programs in local schools.

CompSciConnect Curriculum in a Box

Computer Science Connect “Curriculum-In-A-Box” is a series of hands-on curriculum modules, video lectures and other resources that will be available for free, online. The Curriculum-In-A-Box enables educators, parents, and universities interested in creating outreach programs to do so easily, with pre-packaged, pre-tested curriculum. This project is supported by the Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Special Projects Grant.

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MCWIC Outreach

Girl Scout STEM Outreach

Professional Development

Grace Hopper Celebration

With support of the BRAID initiative, Brendan Iribe, and other corporate sponsors, the University of Maryland and MCWIC provide funding for at least 60 students to attend the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing each year. Through this experience, students are able to gain valuable connections, resources, career opportunities, and advice on how to successfully navigate industry and academia as women in computing. Scholarship applications are typically avalible in May and awarded in June. View the current application here:  https://go.umd.edu/GHC18 Please note MCWIC Grace Hopper Scholarships are only avalible to current UMD students.

MCWIC Teaching Ambassadors

Each year undergraduate students are selected to be MCWIC Ambassadors each semester.  Through this program, students receive training on best practices for teaching and content. They then apply these skills to go into CompSciConnect, weekend, and after-school programs to teach others computing. Through this experience, Ambassadors create a community between themselves and support each other while teaching the next generation of computer scientists. Applications for this program are typically open in August, January (if needed), and March.  To learn more about the opportunity, view our  flyer.

MCWIC Professional Development Travel Scholarship Fund

The Center has professional development scholarships available to UMD students interested in traveling to conferences, workshops, hack-a-thons, and other professional development events. Applications are typically reviewed within two weeks of submission. Questions about this process can be addressed to mcwic@cs.umd.edu

To apply, you must:

MCWIC Tutoring

MCWIC tutoring is offered each semester from the third week of the semester to the last week of classes and includes Guided Studied Sessions and 1:1 tutoring. MCWIC tutoring began in Fall 2016 for CMSC 131 and expanded to include CMSC 132, 216, and 250. 
 
Tutors offer support on general concepts, practice problems, and theories. Tutors do not offer support on specific project or homework questions. Tutors will instruct students to visit their TA’s for help on specific projects.
 
To register for MCWIC tutoring, please complete this form: http://go.umd.edu/TutorRequest Please contact mcwic@cs.umd.edu if you would like more information on the current semester offerings.

Professional Development Series

Each semester the Center provides professional development opportunities for our students.  Events can range from insightful talks by industry leaders or faculty from other universities or panels and round-table discussions. The topics range from interview processes, graduate school preparation, adjusting to the work force, creating work-life balance, or finding a mentor.   Most events require an RSVP.  For upcoming events see our calendar.

Computer Science Matters and the Minority Student Pipeline

In Fall 2016, a new AP Computer Science Principles will be released. As part of National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, MCWIC participates in designing the curriculum for the course and training high school teachers on how to teach it. Over the summer, the Center and other partner organizations hold workshops in order to ensure teachers’ comfort with the content and active pedagogical methods needed to make this course successful. The program continues with support during the school year for those teachers. Learn more about CS Matters here

Peer Mentoring Program 

Are you interested in meeting other women in computing and building a sense of community in your major? The Maryland Center for Women in Computing is launching peer mentoring clusters this fall.

Peer Mentoring Clusters are open to all women interested in computing attending the University of Maryland.

Students are organized into clusters of 4-6 students across academic years based on computing interest.  Cluster Topics Include:
- Cybersecurity
- Data Science
- Bioinformatics/Computational Biology
- Artificial Intelligence
- Human-Computer Interaction
-Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
- Systems/Low Level and Networking
- Programming Languages
- Theory/Mathematical Basis of Computing
- General Computer Science

Clusters are expected to attend the monthly MCWIC meeting and meet at least once a month. Students will gain access to professional development events, talks, and social activities. The first kick-off meeting will be September 20th, 6pm in CSIC 1115, Dinner will be provided.

Complete the application below to confirm your participation. Applications are due by 12 pm on September 20th.
https://go.umd.edu/MCWICMentoring

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Grace Hopper Celebration

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Professional Development

Community Building

MCWIC Lounge

The Maryland Center for Women in Computing lounge is a community space on the 3rd floor of AV Williams (3147) for women in computing to meet, study, and connect. The MCWIC Lounge is open Monday- Friday from 8am-6pm. After hours access can be granted on a case by case basis by completing this form: go.umd.edu/MCWICLounge

Points of Contact

AWC (undergrad) and CS Women (graduate) both send individual notes to all incoming women majoring in computing fields.  Current students offer to answer questions before new students arrive, serve as resources and welcome new students to the department. If you are a new student and would like to be contacted, please contact mcwic@cs.umd.edu to be connected to a current student who has volunteered to provide support. 

Support of Student Organizations

The Center supports The Association for Women in Computing and GradWomen to build community and create events to empower and support female computing students across campus. These organizations actively recruit women in to technical majors, and work to retain women in the field.

Events and activities include:

  • Welcome Back Gathering
  • Professional Development Speakers
  • Graduate Women's Speaker Series
  • Casino Night
  • Tutoring Sessions
  • Social activities to build community

 

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Community Building

AWC General Body Meetings