The 2nd Regional Celebration of Women in Computing in the Upper MidWest
February 24-25, 2012
What is MinneWIC?
MinneWIC is a regional celebration of Women in Computing in the upper midwest. We have chosen to call it MinneWIC from the native american word "Minne" that means water. This regional meeting, modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, will bring together students, faculty, and technology leaders from across Minnesota and neighboring states to discuss the role of women in today's computing and technology fields, share experiences and strategies for success, and explore issues common to women working in these fields. Specifically, the goal is to provide an opportunity for young women to explore opportunities in computing, to network with other women from academia, industry and government, and to create friendship among women in the region who share the same interest and passion for computing. This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science professions.
What will happen at MinneWIC?
MinneWIC will start late Friday afternoon and continue until early afternoon on Saturday. Details will be listed in the Program once they are finalized.
Who can attend MinneWIC?
You should attend if you are interested in learning about the challenges and rewards of computing careers or in advancing technology through broader representation of women. We encourage undergraduate, and graduate students with interests in computing and information technology to attend and also to submit work in the appropriate categories (see Call for Participation). We invite faculty and technology leaders to come meet and mentor the next generation of computing professionals. High school students interested in computing are also welcome to attend.
Thanks to all the attendees for your participation and excitement. We had a wonderful time.
Let's congratulate the winners of the Best Poster Awards
The best graduate student poster award went to Jaya Kawale, CS&E Dept, University of Minnesota for her poster on "A Graph Based Approach to Find Teleconnections in Climate Data". The second place went ex-aequo to Vanja Paunic, CS&E Dept, University of Minnesota for her poster on "Discovery of Higher Level Structures from Biomarkers" and to Puja Das, CS&E Dept, University of Minnesota for her poster on "Discovery of Higher Level Structures from Biomarkers".
The best undergraduate student poster award went to Cecylia Bocovich, Macalester College for her poster on "Parallelizing a Lattice Reduction Algorithm on a GPU. The second place went to Maura Warner, Macalester Collge, for her poster on "Clusters in Computer Labs: The Effect of a Virtual Cluster on the Performance of the Physical Host Machines".
The winner of the best graduate poster and the winner of the best undergraduate poster will receive a scholarship to attend the next Grace Hopper. Thanks to all the students who participated in the poster session.
Look at MinneWIC 2010 at http://minnewic-2010.cs.umn.edu