Relevant Organizations

Organizations are a great way to build community and gain professional development. Many organizations offer scholarships, conferences, and additional resources to help women succeed professionally. 

UMD Student Organizations

Partners in Promoting Diversity in Computing

NCWIT - National Center for Women in Technology

WIT - Women in Technology

WSC - Women's Society of Cyberjutsu

Sonya Kovalevsky Day

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland STEM 

Cornerstone  - Technology Training for Immigrant Women

Additional DC based organizations are listed in this collection by WomenWhoTech

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Computing Machinary- Women (ACM-W)

    ACM-W is the ACM committee on Women in Computing. It celebrates, informs and supports women in computing, and works with the ACM-W community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policymakers to improve working and learning environments for women.

  • Anita Borg Institute

    The Anita Borg Institute seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world's women.

  • AWIS

    AWIS is the Association for Women in Science. They are a non-profit association that works to promote women's activities in all scientific fields, from mentoring to scholarships to job listings.

  • CRA-W

    The goal of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is to take positive action to increase the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels.

  • EdTechWomen

    EdTechWomen is a network of educators, technologists, and business experts focused on leadership development for women in education technology. Its mission is to create an inclusive community of women and their supporters from all aspects of the education technology industry in order to build and enhance the leadership capacity of women.

  • IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)

    WIE mission: Inspire, engage, encourage, and empower IEEE women worldwide. WIE vision: A vibrant community of IEEE women and men innovating the world of tomorrow.

  • National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT)

    NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action. NCWIT is the only national organization focused on women's participation in computing across the entire ecosystem: K-12 through college education, and academic to corporate and entrepreneurial careers.

  • The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

    SWE is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more.

  • Women’s Coding Collective (WCC)

     WCC is a web development community with a mission to narrow the gender gap in technology. The community cultivates environments where women can learn, build and code together.

  • Women in Technology International (WITI)

    WITI is the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities.

Topics for Women in Computing

Below are resources and hot topics to encourage discussion and further support women in computing. 


    • Women 2.0- A Look Back at Mentoring- a collection of mentoring articles and best practices
    • NCWIT- What makes electronic mentoring effective?- a review and case study of how and why to use electronic mentoring
    • MentorNet- the award-winning nonprofit e-mentoring network that addresses the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and other underrepresented groups.
    • Systers- a technical forum by the Anita Borg Institute( ABI) used to build community across all women in computing. 
    • ABI Curriculum Series- explore modules in these series to grow professionally as a women in computing

    Imposter Syndrome

    Workplace Culture

    Building the Pipeline

    • Engage CSEdu- NCWIT's effective ways to teach computer science
    • CSMatters- initiative to develop computer science curriculum and train teachers
    • CS for All- initiative of the White House to encourage all students to explore computer science

    Facts and Figures on Women in Computing

    Women Faculty in Computing at UMD

    UMD is proud to support female faculty in computing. Faculty represented here come from a variety of disciplines including Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Information Studies. Female faculty and graduate students often meet and collaborate through the group CS Women. 

    Female faculty listed below represents faculty at the University of Maryland Computing from the Department of Computer Science, UMIACS, Computer Engineering, and the iSchool.


    Dr. Jan Plane (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Director, Center for Women in Computing
    Associate Director of ACES
    Principal Lecturer

    Dr. Ming Lin (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science

    Dr. Marine Carpuat (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor, Artificial Intelligence & Data Science

    Dr. Michelle Hugue (CMSC)


    Dr. Michelle Mazurek (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Leilani Battle (CMNS)
    Assistant Professor

    Furong Huang (CMNS)
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Bonnie Dorr (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Professor Emerita

    Dr. Dianne O’Leary (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Professor Emerita
    Distinguished University Professor

    Dr. Marshini Chetty (iSchool & UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Dana Dachman-Soled (UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Rita Colwell (UMIACS)
    Distinguished University Professor

    Dr. Marie desJardins (UMIACS)
    Professor, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

    Dr. Vibha Sazawal (CMNS)

    Dr. Allison Druin (iSchool & UMIACS)
    Professor Human-Computer Interaction Lab

    Dr. Naomi Feldman (UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics

    Dr. Cornelia Fermüller (UMIACS)
    Associate Research Scientist, CfAR & CVL

    Dr. Leila De Floriani (UMIACS)

    Dr. Leah Findlater (iSchool, UMIACS, & CMSC)
    Assistant Professor, iSchool
    Affiliate Professor, CMSC

    Dr. Catherine Plaisant (UMIACS)
    Senior Research Assistant, UMIACS
    Associate Director, HCIL

    Dr. Louiqa Raschid (UMIACS)
    Professor, Smith School of Business

    Dr. Min Wu (UMIACS)
    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Dr. Vanessa Frias-Martinez (iSchool)
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Jennifer Goldbeck (iSchool)
    Associate Professor

    Dr. Kari Kraus (iSchool)
    Associate Professor

    Dr. Katy Newton Lawley (iSchool)
    Doctoral Program Coordinator


    Dr. Jennifer J. Preece (iSchool)
    Dean Emerita

    Dr. Jessica Vitak (iSchool)
    Assistant Professor




    Scholarship Opportunities

    Name Organization Date Notes
    AAUW Scholarships AAUW N/A
    ACM-W Scholarships ACM-W N/A
    Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: USA Google N/A
    CRA-W Scholarships CRA-W N/A
    Scholarships SAE International N/A geared toward engineering students
    SMART scholarship Department of Defense N/A
    STEM majors scholarship AFCEA N/A
    Technical Minority Scholarships Xerox N/A geared toward minority students
    Women in Technology Scholarship Palantir August 19, 2016

    Conferences, Events and Workshops