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Women in Computing

With the help of departmental support, nine JMU students from the Engineering, Computer Science, and Computer Information Systems programs were chosen to attend the prestigious three-day Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Baltimore, Maryland.

With over 3600 in attendance, it was the world’s largest gathering of women in computing a conference unlike any other. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Prominent researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women today.
With over 250 speakers, students had the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions, network with others, and learn about the future of women in technology. Several students from the Computer Science program reflect on their first time experience at the conference.

“Just the fact that 3,659 people - mostly women - came together for three days to celebrate women in computing is incredible. It is nice to know that there is a community of technical women supporting me. I enjoyed meeting leaders in technology, listening to the keynote speakers, and attending the sessions.” Marissa K. Halpert (’14)

“Grace Hopper conference in Baltimore 2012 was the perfect opportunity for me to understand why should I still pursue the computer science major and stay in the field. It is true that many women are discouraged to be in the major or pursuit the career, however meeting so many inspirational women who stayed on the path really does pay off. Now more than ever I will be striving to do my best.” Evelina Voronina (’15)

“Grace Hopper was an excellent way to network with fellow women who are in our place or were in our place. Listening to their experiences allowed me to see where we, as women in IT, where and how far we have come.  I made great connections with companies across the nation and got to see the sights of beautiful Baltimore as well.” Stacey Walker (’13)

The annual conference is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery and is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

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