The ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing in the Upper MidWest

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What is MinneWIC?

MinneWIC is the ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing for the Upper MidWest. We call it MinneWIC from the Native American word "Minne" that means water.

This year we will be gathering at the University of Minnesota - Duluth for the 5th MinneWIC meeting, which will bring together students, faculty, and computing professionals from across Minnesota and neighboring states to share experiences and strategies for recruiting and retaining women in computing fields, and explore issues common to women working in these fields. Specifically, the goal is to provide an opportunity for young women to explore career opportunities in computing, and to network with women from academia, industry and government. This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science professions.

What will happen at MinneWIC?

Saturday, Feb 16th

8:30-9:15 Breakfast
9:15-9:30 Opening remarks
9:30-10:30 Undergraduates: group wrap up
9:30-10:30 Graduates: "My journey to a career: finding passion and purpose through engineering" by Katherryn Rasley
10:30-12:00 Undergraduates: group presentations
10:30-11:15 Graduates: "Research and writing methods", by Dr. Alexis Elder
11:15-12:00 Graduates: "Preparation for academic careers", by Dr. Shana Watters
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Registration / career fair
3:00-4:15 Poster session
4:15-4:30 welcome remarks by Dean Wendy Reed
4:30-5:30 Academic keynote speaker Dr. Tawanna Dillahunt
5:30-6:30 Dinner
6:30-7:30 Talk by Yang Song, from Google
7:30-8:00 Lightning talks


Sunday, Feb 17th

8:00-8:45 Breakfast
8:45-9:45 Industry keynote speaker Dr. Tonya Custis, from Thomson Reuters
9:45-10:45 Career panel
11:00-11:30 CyHER talk by Dr. Pam Rowland, Dakota State University
11:30-12:30 Graduate school panel
12:30-2:00 Lunch and conclusion


Who should attend MinneWIC?

You should attend if you are interested in learning about the challenges and rewards of computing careers, in advancing technology through broader representation of women, and in sharing your experience. We encourage undergraduate and graduate students with interests in computing and information technology to attend to learn about graduate school and career opportunities; faculty and academic advisors to attend to learn and share best practices to recruit and retain students in computing fields; computing professional to share best practices, and help students understand career options. Companies will have an opportunity to do informal interviews of students for internships or jobs. High school students interested in computing are also welcome to attend to discover the opportunities in computing.

Everyone is invited to submit contributions in the appropriate categories (see Call for Participation). Best poster awards will be given.

Thanks to the sponsors!



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