By PBN Staff
By PBN Staff
PROVIDENCE â€“ The National Center for Women & Information Technology is now accepting applications for the 2013 Award for Aspirations in Computing.
The award recognizes female high school students for significant achievements in computing. Awardees are selected on the basis of their aptitude for computing and technology, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.
â€śThis program is aimed at closing the gender gap in the technology workforce,â€ť said Ruthe Farmer, director of strategic initiatives for the center. â€śBy recognizing young women for their technical potential at this early stage, we are providing the vital encouragement and visibility needed to revolutionize the face of technology.â€ť
The Award for Aspirations in Computing offers opportunities for scholarships, internships, research experiences and other educational and employment opportunities provided by National Center for Women & Information Technology member organizations.
The center offers a local and national award each year to foster support and visibility for young womenâ€™s participation in computing. Each local award connects the winners with the centerâ€™s network of affiliates, which include Brown University, Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, and affiliate co-chairs Roger Williams University and Tech Collective.
This is the second year the local award will be available in Rhode Island.
â€śLast year, we honored three truly talented young women and were able to connect them with three equally inspiring women working in technology roles at Rhode Island companies,â€ť said JoAnn Johnson, manager of youth and education programs at Tech Collective. â€śWe are very much looking forward to this year as we continue to engage, support and recognize very talented students in the IT fields.â€ť
The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a nonprofit comprising over 450 universities, companies, nonprofits and government organizations. The organization strives to increase womenâ€™s participation in computing and technology by helping organizations to effectively recruit, retain and advance girls and women in grades K-12 through college education, and from academic to corporate and startup careers.
Young women attending Rhode Island high schools can apply for the award online through Oct. 31 at www.aspirations.org.