The Maryland Center for Women in Computing

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Mission and Goals


The Maryland Center for Women in Computing (MCWIC) works to increase diversity in all fields of computing by providing opportunities for individuals who identify as women to engage and contribute to the technical community through research, education, outreach, and partnerships. MCWIC envisions a vibrant community of scholars, researchers, students and others coming together to increase the involvement—and success—of all women interested in earning or currently pursuing a computing degree.

Why support Women in Computing?

  • While women have been at the forefront of many exciting moments in the history of computing only three women have ever won the prestigious Turing Award.
  • According to NCWIT, 57% of all 2017 bachelor's degree recipients were women. Only 19% of all computer and information science bachelor’s degree students went to women. (NCWIT- By the Numbers 2019)
  • At the University of Maryland in Fall 2019, 20% of our undergraduate students are women majoring in computer science. Currently, 48% of the undergraduate students at the university are women.

How Are We Bringing More Extraordinary Women Into Computing?

The Maryland Center of Women in Computing 

  • Supports, educates and mentors women majoring in computing fields at the University of Maryland
  • Collaborates with the K-12 community in order to to encourage all students especially those from underrepresented populations to participate in computing
  • Sustains a vibrant community of scholars, researchers, students and educators working together to increase the involvement—and success—of women interested in earning a computer science and other technical degrees
  • Fosters a supportive, collaborative community for current undergraduate and graduate women studying computing at the university through a dedicated learning and meeting space


The Center is supported by the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science, the University’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS). Additional support comes from our corporate sponsors.

Learn more about our specific programs below.

Fall and Spring Semester Outreach Programs

The Maryland Center for Women in Computing host a wide variety of programs to encourage underrepestned populations to pursue computing, and recruit these students to the University of Maryland. You can view more detail about these programs under the outreach tab.
  • STEM/Robotics K-12 Outreach (Returning Spring 2021)
  • Weekly Elementary & Middle School Outreach in PGCPS 
  • Ladies Navigate Computer Science- High School Recruitment Event for Women interested in computing
  • Ignite Computing Elementary Workshop at UMD 
  • High School Computing Workshops at UMD
  • Girls Who Code - UMD Chapter
  • Rise Up 4 CS - Maryland
    • Rise Up 4 CS - Maryland helps all high school students who identify as a woman or non-binary pass the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A course and exam. You must be enrolled in an AP CS A (Java) during the 2021-2022 school year to apply. 
    • Register at | Starts October 2021
  • Cyber Girls Ambassadors (Returning Fall 2021)


Girl Scout STEM Outreach

Current Students

Current Students

MCWIC supports women in computing through:
Learn more about our current student support through the current student tab.


Additional Resources

Below are resources and hot topics to encourage discussion and further support diversity and inclusion in computing. A full list of resources can be found under the resource tab.  


  • 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. 

Women 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