The Maryland Center for Women in Computing

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 2014 bachelor's degree recipients were women. Only 17% of all computer and information science bachelor’s degree students went to women. (NCWIT- By the Numbers 2016)
  • There has been a 21% increase in the number of first-year undergraduate women interested in majoring in Computer Science between 2000-2015.  (NCWIT- By the Numbers 2016)
  • At the University of Maryland, 18% of our undergraduate students are women majoring in computer science. Currently, 46.1% 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.

View the MCWIC Flyer 


Our History

For over 20 years, efforts to support women in computing were apparent at the University of Maryland. Many of these programs centered around the formation of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC), Computer Science Women, and later our outreach programs. As each of these programs grew and expanded, it was clear a unified center was needed to capture the effort to bring more women into the field of computing and further grow the computing pipeline. As a way to formalize the important work being done by these organizations the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CNMS), The Department of Computer Science, and the University’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), worked together to form the Maryland Center for Women in Computing (MCWIC) in 2014.

Our Approach

We offer a series of outreach programs for K–12 girls aimed to spark an interest in computer science at an early age, showing them that it is both fun and accessible. These programs include an immersive multi-year curriculum for middle school girls, designed to catalyze and sustain their interest in technology. University of Maryland undergraduates  serve as student ambassadors and aspirational peers. Participants learn the mechanics behind social media, the importance of cybersecurity, and why computer science is essential to almost any career that demands critical thinking and decision-­‐making skills.

Retention programs specific to the University of Maryland that support female computer science majors throughout their undergraduate and graduate experience. This includes scholarships, mentoring and peer networking opportunities, along with workshops that allow female computer science majors to see firsthand the breadth and options available to them in industry and academia. The center also works to build community. The MCWIC lounge is availible for female computing students to gather, share ideas, and interact with peers and mentors.

MCWIC Launch

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.


Girl Scout STEM Outreach

Current Students

Tech + Research

Save the Date: November 8 - 10, 2019

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland and the Center for Women in Computing are pleased to present the second year of Tech + Research: Welcoming Women to Computing Research. This is a three day research workshop geared towards engaging undergraduate women in computing. Along with providing hands-on research experience in a dynamic hackathon setting, the weekend workshop will include sessions introducing attendees to the basics of computer science research (CSR) and highlight the exciting opportunities that come with pursuing a graduate degree in computer science.


You must also register for Technica:

Note: This workshop is not geared to or open to high school students. Check out our other high school opportunities on our website.

Questions about this workshop can be addressed to
Questions about Technica can be addressed to

Student Organization Support

Student organizations that have a mission and purpose related to diversity and inclusion are supported through the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing. If your organization can be classified as such, please email for next steps.

Student Organizations supported through the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing:


Apply to be a tutor today!

Applications for the tutor position for Fall 2019 are officially open. Please apply using the link below:

You will need to upload a copy of your transcript and your Fall 2019 class schedule.

Applications are due August 5th, 2019.


Tutors offer support on general concepts, practice problems, and theories in the computer science intro classes for ALL students. Tutors do not offer support on specific project or homework questions. To register for tutoring, please complete this form:

The form will give you access to a Google Calendar to sign-up for 1:1 appointments. Guided Study Sessions are group tutoring opportunities for each class. They are held twice a week for 1 hour in IRB 1104. Spring 2019 Guided Study Session times for each class are listed below:

CMSC 131:
Tues 9:30am & Wed 5:30pm
CMSC 132:
Mon 6:00pm & Wed 11:00am
CMSC 216:
Mon 5:00pm & Thur 6:30pm
CMSC 250:
Mon 3:30pm & Tues 5:00pm
CMSC 330:
Mon 1:00pm & Thur 5:30 pm
CMSC 351:
Tues 4:00pm & Wed 3:30pm

Spring 2019 tutoring starts February 11 and runs through May 15.

Peer Mentoring Program

The mission of the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing’s Peer Mentoring program is to facilitate community building, support academic success, and provide professional development for all students in computing. The program will foster peer-to-peer connections within the Department of Computer Science as well as involvement in the larger University of Maryland community.

Peer Mentoring is open to all students interested in computing and attending the University of Maryland.

The Peer Mentoring Program includes:

  • 1 on 1 mentor/mentee relationships
  • Monthly mentoring meetings
  • Technical workshops
  • Resources on professional, social, and academic events

Join us on September 3rd (at 5pm) or September 4th (at 4pm) in IRB 1104 for an informational session. 

Peer Mentoring Program flyer available here

Sign up for Peer Mentoring Program here.


Student Resources

CS-Related Student Organizations

On-Campus Resources

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Computing Machinary- Women (ACM-W)

    ACM-W is the ACM committee on Women in Computing. It celebrates, informs and supports women in computing, and works with the ACM-W community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policymakers to improve working and learning environments for women.

  • Anita Borg Institute

    The Anita Borg Institute seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world's women.

  • AWIS

    AWIS is the Association for Women in Science. They are a non-profit association that works to promote women's activities in all scientific fields, from mentoring to scholarships to job listings.

  • CRA-W

    The goal of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is to take positive action to increase the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels.

  • EdTechWomen

    EdTechWomen is a network of educators, technologists, and business experts focused on leadership development for women in education technology. Its mission is to create an inclusive community of women and their supporters from all aspects of the education technology industry in order to build and enhance the leadership capacity of women.

  • IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)

    WIE mission: Inspire, engage, encourage, and empower IEEE women worldwide. WIE vision: A vibrant community of IEEE women and men innovating the world of tomorrow.

  • National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT)

    NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action. NCWIT is the only national organization focused on women's participation in computing across the entire ecosystem: K-12 through college education, and academic to corporate and entrepreneurial careers.

  • The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

    SWE is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more.

  • Women in Technology International (WITI)

    WITI is the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities.

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

    Partners in Promoting Diversity in Computing

    • NCWIT - National Center for Women in Technology
    • WIT - Women in Technology
    • WSC - Women's Society of Cyberjutsu
    • Sonya Kovalevsky Day
    • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
    • STEM Cornerstone - Technology Training for Immigrant Women
    • Additional DC based organizations are listed in this collection by WomenWhoTech

    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