October 9, 2014
UNI CS Students Attend 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration
Prof. Sarah Diesburg and six UNI CS students are in Phoenix this week for the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world's largest gathering of women technologists. The goal of the GHC is to connect, inspire, and guide women in computing.
UNI students attending the GHC with Prof. Diesburg this year are seniors Abigail Beets, Michelle Ploof, and Ramya Varadaraju, juniors Michaela Leinen and Stephanie Smith, and sophomore Elizabeth Myers-Schmitt. Funding for the trip comes from sponsors of the GHC, an NSF EPSCoR grant for STEM education, and the generous donations of supporters of the UNI Department of Computer Science.
This conference experience is one part of efforts by the department to increase participation by women in CS, especially at UNI. We hope the students will be inspired to see so many accomplished women in their fields talking about their work and their professional lives.
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