The Maryland Center for Women in Computing

Mission and Goals

Mission

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

Support

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 

Foundations

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.

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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.
 

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Outreach

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.

Resources

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.  

    Mentoring

    • 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
    jplane@cs.umd.edu https://www.cs.umd.edu/~jplane

    Dr. Ming Lin (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science
    Professor
    lin@cs.umd.edu
    http://www.cs.umd.edu/~lin/

    Dr. Marine Carpuat (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor, Artificial Intelligence & Data Science
    marine@cs.umd.edu
    http://www.cs.umd.edu/~marine

    Dr. Michelle Hugue (CMSC)
    Lecturer
    meesh@cs.umd.edu
    http://www.cs.umd.edu/~meesh/

     

    Dr. Michelle Mazurek (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor
    mmazurek@cs.umd.edu
    http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~mmazurek/

    Dr. Leilani Battle (CMNS)
    Assistant Professor
    leilani@cs.umd.edu
    https://www.cs.umd.edu/~leilani/

    Furong Huang (CMNS)
    Assistant Professor
    furongh@cs.umd.edu
    http://www.cs.umd.edu/~furongh/

    Dr. Bonnie Dorr (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Professor Emerita
    bonnie@cs.umd.edu
    http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~bonnie/

    Dr. Dianne O’Leary (CMSC & UMIACS)
    Professor Emerita
    Distinguished University Professor
    oleary@cs.umd.edu
    http://www.cs.umd.edu/~oleary/

    Dr. Marshini Chetty (iSchool & UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor
    marshini@umd.edu http://marshini.net

    Dr. Dana Dachman-Soled (UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor
    danadach@ece.umd.edu
    http://www.ece.umd.edu/~danadach/

    Dr. Rita Colwell (UMIACS)
    Distinguished University Professor
    rcolwell@umd.edu
    http://cbmg.umd.edu/faculty/ritacolwell

    Dr. Marie desJardins (UMIACS)
    Professor, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
    mariedj@umbc.edu
    http://www.csee.umbc.edu/~mariedj/

    Dr. Vibha Sazawal (CMNS)
    Lecturer
    vibha@umd.edu
    https://www.cs.umd.edu/people/vibha

    Dr. Allison Druin (iSchool & UMIACS)
    Professor Human-Computer Interaction Lab
    allisond@umiacs.umd.edu
    http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~allisond/

    Dr. Naomi Feldman (UMIACS)
    Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
    nhf@umd.edu
    http://ling.umd.edu/~nhf/

    Dr. Cornelia Fermüller (UMIACS)
    Associate Research Scientist, CfAR & CVL
    fer@cfar.umd.edu
    http://www.cfar.umd.edu/~fer/

    Dr. Leila De Floriani (UMIACS)
    Professor
    deflo@umiacs.umd.edu
    https://www.umiacs.umd.edu/people/deflo

    Dr. Leah Findlater (iSchool, UMIACS, & CMSC)
    Assistant Professor, iSchool
    Affiliate Professor, CMSC
    leahkf@umd.edu
    http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~leahkf/

    Dr. Catherine Plaisant (UMIACS)
    Senior Research Assistant, UMIACS
    Associate Director, HCIL
    plaisant@cs.umd.edu
    http://hcil.umd.edu/catherine-plaisant/

    Dr. Louiqa Raschid (UMIACS)
    Professor, Smith School of Business
    louiqa@umiacs.umd.edu
    http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~louiqa/

    Dr. Min Wu (UMIACS)
    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    minwu@umd.edu
    http://www.ece.umd.edu/~minwu/

    Dr. Vanessa Frias-Martinez (iSchool)
    Assistant Professor
    vfrias@umd.edu
    http://www.vanessafriasmartinez.org

    Dr. Jennifer Goldbeck (iSchool)
    Associate Professor
    jgolbeck@umd.edu
    http://www.cs.umd.edu/~golbeck

    Dr. Kari Kraus (iSchool)
    Associate Professor
    kkraus@umd.edu
    http://ischool.umd.edu/faculty-staff/kari-kraus

    Dr. Katy Newton Lawley (iSchool)
    Lecturer
    Doctoral Program Coordinator
    katyn@umd.edu
    http://ischool.umd.edu/faculty-staff/katy-newton-lawley

     

    Dr. Jennifer J. Preece (iSchool)
    Professor
    Dean Emerita
    preece@umd.edu
    http://ischool.umd.edu/faculty-staff/jennifer-j-preece

    Dr. Jessica Vitak (iSchool)
    Assistant Professor
    jvitak@umd.edu
    http://jessicavitak.com
    https://umdprivacy.wordpress.com