UR WIC Mission Statement

Our mission is to bridge the gender gap in computer science at the University of Rochester. We are dedicated to recognizing and supporting women in computing, both at our institution and all others around the world. We are taking measures to increase the enrollment of female computer science students through our multiple points of entry, specifically courses designed for students with various levels of programming experience. These courses can lead students to clusters, minors, our flexible BA and our more rigorous BS. (see CSC Curriculum Guide) Other measures include the creation of an inclusive community, regional outreach programs and recruitment at graduate and undergraduate levels. We are proud to say we graduated nearly 30% women students in May 2016, compared with the national average of 15.9%. Our efforts are having a positive impact on our community as a whole.

Looking to take a CS class?

Check out our introductory CS courses:

  • CSC 161: Intro to Computer Programming
  • CSC 170: Web Design and Development
  • CSC 171: Intro to Computer Science
  • CSC 172: Data Structures and Algorithms
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UR WIC Visibility

As part of our community building for Women in Computing, we have distributed items with our UR WiC logo to anyone interested. The visibility of fleece jackets, stickers and notepads with the UR WiC logo on campus has raised awareness of the number of women who have already joined our ranks. Our "I look like an engineer" campaign also displayed the many faces of diversity among our population.

2015 I Look Like An Engineer Campaign

Grace Hopper Celebration 2016

The Grace Hopper Celebration celebrates women in computing and is the largest gathering of female technologists. We will be sending 22 UR CS and Data Science women to the conference in Houston, Texas this year, sponsoring a booth for recruitment of graduate and faculty and celebrating with alumnae. The application deadline has already passed for the 2016 conference. Click the buttons below to learn more about the celebration this year and in years past.

Past Trips Official GHC Site