Programs

The Maryland Center for Women in Computing seeks to bring extraordinary women into computing through our support of current and future women in computing.

Professional Development

Peer Mentoring Program

Are you interested in meeting other women in computing and building a sense of community in your major? We are revamping the peer mentoring program this Spring.

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

Students will participate in group mentoring meetings on specific computing and professional development topics. Students will also have the opportunity to sign-up for 1:1 mentoring each semester. 

Students are expected to attend monthly MCWIC  mentoring meeting and at least once additional event per month. Students will gain access to professional development events, talks, and social activities.

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.  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.

 Summer 2019 Applications are currently opened. Learn more and apply here: https://go.umd.edu/SummerAmbassadors19   View the flyer here.

MCWIC Conference Funding

The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing will be providing scholarships for students to attend diversity based conferences. Fall 2019 scholarships will be given to students interested in AfroTech, the Grace Hopper Celebration, and the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. The deadline to apply is May 23rd at 11:59pm EST.

To apply, you must:

For more information about the scholarship process, please view this presentation.

Aside from scholarships provided by the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity, the Department of Computer Science has professional development funds available to UMD students interested in traveling to conferences, workshops, hackathons, and other professional development events. Applications are typically reviewed within two weeks of submission.

A partial professional computing conferences list can be found here.

To apply, you must:

Questions about the scholarship processes can be directed to inclusion@cs.umd.edu

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 131A, 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.
 
Guided Study Sessions are held in IRB 1104 (near the elevators) and the schedule is below: 
 
Guided Study Session times for each class are listed below for Spring 2019:
CMSC 131: Tues 9:30am & Wed 5:30pm

CMSC 132: Mon 6pm & Wed 11am
CMSC 216: Mon 5pm & Thur 6:30pm
CMSC 250: Mon 3:30 & Tues 5pm
CMSC 330:  Wed 1pm & Thur 5:30 pm
CMSC 351: Tues 4pm & Wed 3:30pm

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 was 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

 

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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 1st floor of the The Brendan Iribe Center for Computing Science and Engineering (1106) for underrepresented students 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