History 2006-2010

2010

Spring
  • YWiC introduces LilyPad Arduino to middle school club.
  • YWiC sponsors 2 teams in the first regional New Mexico Botball Tournament. The Middle School team received the Outstanding Middle School Team award, and the High School team was awarded 3rd Place Overall in the competition and the Spirit Award.
Summer Camp

The Young Women in Computing program provides an amazing summer of education in a variety of Computer Science Topics over the course of 5 weeks during the summer

 

Middle School girls also joined YWiC for the first time, for a one-week camp! For more information on our summer camp activities, please visit the Outreach pages!

Fall
  • YWiC sponsors EXCEL (a high school, unpaid internship), adding a new high school research assistant to the program.
  • YWiC Undergraduate Research Assistants present in the 2010 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Student Poster Session in Atlanta, GA.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Nicole Ray, receives a research opportunity focusing on the Novint Falcon.
  • YWiC Undergraduate Research Assistants earn scholarships to present a poster at the Robert Tapia Conference, held in Puerto Rico.
  • 11 Roadshows are held on the NMSU campus and in middle/high schools around Las Cruces, reaching over 350 students!
  • YWiC gals present in Santa Fe, collaborating with Project GUTS and the Expanding Your Horizons Conference.
  • NM Celebration of Women in Computing is held in Albuquerque, and YWiC members present a poster and participate on a professional panel discussion.
Speaker Series

The success of the Speaker Series continued with speakers including: Dr. Kam Dalquist (Loyola Marymount University), Carla Romero (CRA), Dr. Roli Varma (UNM), Dr. Jeanine Cook (NMSU), Dr. Patty Lopez (Intel), and Dr. Nina Javaher (DACC).

 

2009

Spring
  • YWiC conducts its first middle school roadshow.
  • Preparation for middle school summer camp.
Summer Camp

For the 2009 summer session, the 17 chosen students out of 61 applicants had a surprise in store as YWiC had new changes to the curriculum. Similar to previous camps, the students attended classes including Bioinformatics (where morning sessions were used for lecture and research, while the afternoons were spent in a wet lab on campus), Alice animation programming, and NXT robotics, but instead of web design, LilyPad Arduino was introduced.

 

Fall
  • High school student Tasha Nesiba hired as undergraduate research assistant.
  • YWiC undergraduate research assistants present in the 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Student Poster Session in Tucson, AZ.
  • YWiC established first middle school club at Sierra Middle School.
Speaker Series

YWiC continued its monthly Speaker Series featuring prominent women in Computer Science including: Dr. Mary Ballyk (NMSU), and Dr. Harriet Fell (Northeastern University, Dr. Tina Hernandez-Boussard (Stanford), and Dr. Pamela Jansma (NMSU).

 

2008

Summer Camp
Young Women in Computing chose 17 female students out of the 58 applicants to participate in its third summer camp. The curriculum, alike the previous camps, consisted of Bioinformatics, animation with Alice Programming, Lego NXT robotics, and Frontpage wed design, where most courses were taught in a classroom/computer lab setting wit the exception of a wet lab during the bioinformatics portion. In addition to the classroom sessions, the students were exposed to other fun activities including climbing the NMSU Rockwall and High Ropes Course, and getting self defense training from the NMSU Police Department, while Thursday nights were reserved for bowling, games, or movies.

 

Fall
  • YWiC is reawarded the grant.
  • YWiC hires 3 undergraduate research assistants: Nicole Ray, Stephanie Garcia, and Mauri Jones. One of the program’s early success as all three students had participated in the summer program for at least two years.
  • Preparation for middle school roadshows.
Speaker Series
YWiC continued its monthly Speaker Series featuring prominent women in Computer Science including: Dr. Nishigushi (NMSU), and Dr. Karen Karavanic (PSU), Dr. Larisa Shwartz (IBM), and Dr. Pamela Jansma (NMSU).

 

2007

Summer Camp

Having had a successful 2006 summer camp, Young Women in Computing held its second camp in the 2007 summer. The program chose 13 students out of the 30 applicants to learn Bioinformatics, animation with Alice Programming, Lego NXT robotics, and Frontpage wed design. In addition to the classroom sessions, the students were exposed to other fun activities including climbing the NMSU Rockwall and High Ropes Course, and getting self defense training from the NMSU Police Department, while Thursday nights were reserved for bowling, games, or movies.

 
 
Speaker Series
YWiC continued its monthly Speaker Series featuring prominent women in Computer Science including: Dr. Mary O’Connell (NMSU), and Dr. Vicki Hanson (IBM).

 

2006

Summer Camp

YWiC began its first summer camp in 2006. The number of applicants is unknown, but 12 were selected to participate in the 5 week summer program. The 2006 curriculum consisted of Bioninformatics, robotics using Lego NXT, animation with Alice Programming, and Frontpage web design.

 
Speaker Series
YWiC also introduced a monthly Speaker Series, where prominent women came and spoke about their journey being a woman in a technical field, with the purpose of encouraging the students. Speakers included: Dr. Graciela Gonzalez (ASU-UTEP), and Dr. Patty Lopez (IBM).