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School of Informatics and Computing celebrates women in computing at national Grace Hopper event

November 6, 2012

The IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and nine of its female students recently participated in the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Baltimore, MD. This event, the largest technical conference for women in computing, is designed to increase the visibility of the research and career interests of women in computing while providing opportunities for professional networking and mentorship for junior women in the field.

The School of Informatics and Computing awarded six scholarships to top achieving female students to attend the conference. Recipients included Chelsea Bedel (B.S., Informatics), Ariana Casale (B.S., Informatics), Thint Cho (M.S., Media Arts and Science), Zhixiu Li (Ph.D., Bioinformatics), Afarin Pirzadeh (Ph.D., Human Computer Interaction) and Kathryn Thacker (M.S., Media Arts and Science).

Additionally, three School of Informatics and Computing students were awarded attendance scholarships through the Grace Hopper Celebration and funded by participating businesses and organizations. Those students included the following: Christina Dunbar (M.S., Media Arts and Science), funded by VMWare; Romisa Rohari Ghahari (Ph.D., Human Computer Interaction), funded by FactSet; and Nsikak Inyang (B.A., Informatics), funded by Google.

The event was a success for the IUPUI women, many of whom are also members of the campus’ Women in Technology (WIT) student organization. In addition to building professional contacts, some students procured internship and employment interviews and offers from leading companies such as Xerox and Apple.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a program of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and presented in conjunction with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). It was founded in 1994 in memory of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, an American computer scientist and Navy Officer who made important advances as a pioneer in computer programming.

To learn more about the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, please visit www.gracehopper.org.

To learn more about the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and its degree programs, please visit in-info-web2.soic.iupui.edu.

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