More Women Entering Science Careers

We like to have girls in science and engineering. Here at UTEP, we make an effort to encourage women to pursue these degrees. The engineering department hosts a SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and the ACM adds its drop of water to the ocean by helping organize the NCWIT awards. Here is what people around the world are doing and how its helping!

Calgary Herald (Canada) (03/26/11)

The Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST) program has helped encourage young Canadian women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). University of Calgary professor and WISEST member Laleh Behjat believes that diversity is important in STEM fields because it leads to more innovation. In 2009, Behjat received an Imperial Oil STEM grant to find ways to promote engineering and science to females. “Our research showed a lot of girls–and boys, too–lose interest and think mathematics and science are too hard by grade four,” Behjat says. The researchers created a computer game that has applications in math and science as well as social and creative writing. Professional geophysicist Becky Cook credits the Alberta Women’s Science Network for being an “integral part of getting the word out to young women about career possibilities in science and engineering.” Margaret-Ann Armour, an honorary member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, was one of the 20 individuals involved in the creation of WISEST. Armour says that as a result of the WISEST program, the University of Alberta “went from about 30 percent women to 53 percent women entering first-year science and from 10 percent to about 25 percent in engineering.”

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The 2011 Competition of Game for 4 Girls is Here!

Hosted by Women in Computer Science at the University of Illinois
Sponsored by EA Games

Get ready to test your game building skills against teams of other college women.  Games4Girls challenges teams of up to 4 college women to create fun and creative computer games aimed at middle and high school aged girls.  Help inspire the next generation of women gamers and women in computing!  And win up to $2000!

Students from more than 30 colleges/universities have competed in G4G! See past winners.

The entries will be judged by high school girls during ChicTech 2011 retreat. Winners will be announced on April 25, 2011.


·         Win cash prizes, gifts, and other awards!

·         Get real-world, collaborative experience in software game development!

·         Provide new software toys for girl gamers!

·         Work with your friends on a fun creative project!

Important Dates

·         Registration Deadline for Competition – 6PM 3/11/2011

·         Game Submission – 11:59PM 4/10/2011 in your timezone

·         Judging at ChicTech Retreat – 4/16/2011 to 4/17/2011

·         Winners Announced – 4/25/2011


G4G this year is sponsored by EA Games.

·         First place – $2000 and $500 donated to the team’s CS Department

·         Second place – $1500

·         Third place – $1000

Need inspiration? Download Past Submissions here!

If you are interested, click here to register for your team!!

(No, you do not have to have four members in your team! and Yes, you can add more members to your team later as long as total # <= 4).

The registration deadline is 6pm March 11, 2011(Register early, spaces are limited!).

For more details, please visit G4G official website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email: or phone 217-819-1247.

Thank you,


Jing Zou
Director of ChicTech

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) awards young girls from local high schools for their achievements and interests in computing. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing has been awarded at both the local (“affiliate”) level as well as at the National level.



This fall is UTEP’s Computer Science Department’s second year sponsoring the affiliate award for the El Paso/Las Cruces region. In its first year sponsoring the award UTEP was able to reach about 20 girls and this year another 23 girls from schools in different school districts in El Paso such as Fabens Independent School District, Socorro Independent School District, and Ysleta School District, as well as a few New Mexico High Schools.

Winners will be announced on December 1st, 2010 and invited to the affiliate level awards ceremony in early February 2011. We would like to thank all those professors and students who helped out throughout the process this event has taken, from announcing the award by visiting or contacting local high schools, to revising the applications, and planning the affiliate awards ceremony. For more information you are welcome to visit the award page at:



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