Last year, the GHC 2015 conference was again in Houston, Texas on October 19 through October 21. Get a sneak peek of our interesting experience in the video below.
In 2014, we sent 15 students to the Grace Hopper Celebration in Phoenix, Arizona. A variety of sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduate students attended the conference. Many of our girls went prepared for the job fair and several returned from the event with interview opportunities and internship acceptances.
The University of Rochester is one of 15 schools selected by the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing women in computing, and Harvey Mudd College to participate in a new program designed to increase the percentage of undergraduate computer science majors who are female or students of color.
Through the Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative, the U of R will receive $30,000 per year for three years to implement programs that will help attract women and underrepresented minorities to the computer science program at Rochester. The 15 colleges and universities selected for the BRAID initiative have committed to implementing a number of approaches that have demonstrated success at Harvey Mudd College and other institutions with diverse computer science programs.
BRAID is supported by three-year funding commitments from Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd, and Telle Whitney, president and CEO of ABI, will lead the BRAID initiative.
Below is a list of the introductory courses we offer. Extensive course descriptions can be found on the UR CS website.
|CSC 170||This course is an introduction to Internet and Web technologies. Emphasis is placed on front-end web fundamentals, design concepts and industry standards without programming|
|CSC 161||This course offers a self-contained introduction to the programming language Python, which can be used for practical problem solving in the sciences and humanities. Although Python is significantly easier to learn and use than Java, the concepts learned in this course also provide a good background for students going on to learn Java in CSC 171. This course is a good choice for students who intend to pursue a B.A. in Computer Science, or who are undecided about their major.|
|CSC 171||This course introduces students to Java, a powerful programming language used in most of our advanced courses. Students who know from the start that they plan to complete a B.S. in Computer Science usually begin with this course.|
|CSC 172||This course introduces notions of abstraction and modularity in programming. Students who have had a strong course in Java programming in high school usually begin with this course. This course is required for both the B.S. and B.A. degrees.|
The B.A. curriculum is highly flexible, and can be customized to support students interested in the intersection of computer science with other disciplines, such as mathematics, digital media studies, financial economics or linguistics. The B.A. is good preparation for students aiming for an industrial career or graduate study in a computing-related discipline. Because it has fewer requirements than the B.S., it is also a good option for students who wish to double-major in computer science and another subject, or who wish to specialize in a particular area of computer science.
We sponsor and organize community outreach to local organization and school districts to inform students about the exciting work and opportunities in CSC. Some examples of previous outreach programs are Girl Scout Campus Events where students demonstrate and discuss their research and projects to visiting Girl Scouts. We have also had students go into local grade-school classrooms and introduce computer science as a discipline to students and answer questions about the field and their studies.
Through the creation of the 'UR Women in Computing' group as a subcommittee under the Computer Science Undergraduate Council, we are fostering the development of a community among the women in the CS Department. Through the organization of events, hackathons, potlucks and workshops among the members of UR WIC, we hope to instill a sense of bonding among the women in the CS department that is inclusive, welcoming and supportive.