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CS Women's group selected for NCWIT's Return Path Student Seed Fund grant

Wed October 12, 2011

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has selected the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s CS Women's Group program to receive the Return Path Student Seed Fund grant. The CS Women's group will use the funding to support visits to academic/industrial institutes, support for their Grad-to-Undergrad Mentoring Program, and for activities that increase the awareness of the CS department.

According to NCWIT, the NCWIT Academic Alliance has partnered with Return Path to offer the NCWIT Student Seed Fund, a $500 award given to student-run programs and initiatives that promote increased participation of women in computing and IT programs. The award is eligible to student organizations residing in an institution that is a US university and a member of the NCWIT Academic Alliance. The award is given to organizations whose initiatives align with NCWIT's mission by proposing activities, events, or other programs that will recruit, retain, and support women in technology- and computing-related majors.


The CS Women's Group at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is an organization for all female students and faculty in the department. It is chaired by two female graduate students each semester. The group plans activities such as bi-weekly lunches with speakers from academia and industry, visiting institutions with successful female professionals, and mentoring programs pairing new incoming undergraduate with graduate students. The group's goal is to encourage an atmosphere that is dedicated to women and their professional needs and goals, as well as to promote a social climate.

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a 501(c)(3) coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing. NCWIT believes that greater diversity will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and promote the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves. NCWIT focuses on improving diversity across the entire spectrum: K-12 through college education, and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers.

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