The Department of Computer Science provided scholarships for 45 women to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston, Texas. Each scholarship was worth $1,050, covering the conference price, travel, and accommodations.
The Grace Hopper Celebration, which begins September 26, is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists with over 18 thousand participants. The conference offers technical and non-technical workshops, keynote speeches from leaders in industry and academia, and career networking opportunities.
The scholarship application was open to all women in the undergraduate and graduate computer science programs, and 45 scholarships were allocated for 2018. The 45 women who were funded by the department will be joined by an additional 10 UNC computer science students who received other funding or purchased their own ticket, as well as three computer science staff members and the Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion.
Grace Hopper Celebration scholarships are one of many ways that the department supports women in computer science. The department also sponsors two women in computer science clubs and a Girls Who Code club, as well as Pearl Hacks, an all-women hackathon. During the spring semester, the department hosts Women in Tech Week to raise awareness of the gender gap in computer science and technology and to foster an environment of inclusion at UNC.
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