Women in Computer Science

ComputerScience.org was created to help meet the demand for qualified computer scientists in the workforce. They provide an in-depth overview of the field – including education – and serve as an introduction for the next generation of programmers, engineers and developers. Recently, they created a guide that covers the current state of women in computer science along with how to get more interested in the field. It also includes resources for women who want to get into computer science such as schools with the highest women graduates in the field and scholarships for women in computing. For more information, you can find the resource here: http://www.computerscience.org/resources/women-in-computer-science/

GSAS events happening this week!

Tuesday, November 17

Please join the Office of Academic Diversity for a free screening of Dee Rees’ powerful film, Pariah, on November 17, 2015.  The film will be shown at 8:00 pm in the Graduate Student Center (302 Philosophy Hall).

To view the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWAENR3eawM

Wednesday, November 18

University-Wide Event: Teach In/Speak Out: Race, Ethnicity & University Life

The event will feature a panel of faculty and students from across the University and will be moderated by Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Sciences.
Time:  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Kraft Center, Rennert Hall / 606 W 115th St

For more information, click here.

Thursday, November 19

C3/ Liberal Arts College Application Bootcamp: Hosted by GSAS Office of Academic Diversity

Sign up here!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Academic Diversity or Dean Geathers (igeathers@columbia.edu(212) 851-9851).

C3 Bootcamp

2015 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

Date:  Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Caspary Auditorium, The Rockefeller University, 66th Street at York Avenue

RSVP required

The Rockefeller University will host the twelfth annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize ceremony. This prestigious award was created by Rockefeller neuroscientist and Nobel laureate Paul Greengard, Ph.D., and his wife, sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, and recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding women scientists.

2015 Recipient: Helen H. Hobbs, M.D.:
Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics
Director, Eugene McDermott Centre for Human Growth and Development
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Special Guest Presenter: Rachel Maddow, D.Phil.:
Broadcast journalist, MSNBC

For more information about this event, please visit this link.


Women in STEM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, A NYAS Sponsored Event

The New York Academy of the Sciences is hosting an event with Wikipedia: Women in STEM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on November 22nd from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Space is very limitedbut there are spots reserved just for WISC members at the event. Please see the invite below.

Help Fill the Gender Gap at Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Nov 22

Many people know that Wikipedia has a gender problem. But not everyone knows how to help solve it. Join the New York Academy of Sciences onNovember 22, 2015 from 1-5pm for a Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

Join us at the Academy in Lower Manhattan and we’ll teach you how to edit articles if you’re new to Wikipedia, and we’ll also work together to create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of women scientists.

Learn more about the event on the Wikipedia page.

You must register for the live event as space is very limited.


Register here: http://bit.nyas.org/wikiwomensciedit

What to bring: yourself, laptop, any sources/publications you may have that include biographical information about women in science who don’t yet have Wikipedia articles or whose articles are in need to updates

Already a Wikipedia editor? Feel free to join the live event, or, if you want, you can also participate virtually from anywhere. Learn more on the Wikipedia page.

WISC Mentoring Event: Graduate School Application Tips

Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fairchild 700
RSVP recommended here

This event is geared towards undergrad, post-bac, & masters students who want to learn more about the process of applying to PhD programs in the sciences. There will be food!

Come hear from current PhD students in Biology, Chemistry, Psych/Neuro and moreabout how to put together a winning application.


Questions about this event? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact Katherine Zee (ksz2104@columbia.edu) or Michelle VanTieghem (mrv2115@columbia.edu).

Fellowship Writing Workshop


Applying for fellowships this fall and looking for a chance for peer review?

Please join the Women in Science at Columbia (WISC) for a Fellowship Writing Workshop on Thursday, November 5th from 5-7pm in 900 Fairchild. Bring your application statements at any stage of the writing process, for any fellowship. We’ll have previous fellowship winners** and writing consultants on-hand to help you with your applications.

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Location: 900 Fairchild

RSVP here if you’re interested.

Snacks will be provided!

**If you already have a fellowship, we’re also looking for volunteers! Please follow the link above to let us know you are interested, or email Lorelei at lcurtin@ldeo.columbia.edu. Thanks!

WISC Ask a Professor: Prof. Christine P. Hendon and Prof. Shipra Agrawal


Date:  Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM  – 3:30 PM

Location: Fairchild, Room 1000

RSVP required

Come and Discuss with Prof. Christine P. Hendon from Electrical Engineering and Prof. Shipra Agrawal from Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, about their experience in academia, work/life balance, and research over coffee and snacks.

Questions about this event? Please contact id2263@columbia.edu

Creating Connections Consortium (C3): Deadline Extended!!

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The C3/LADO Diversity conference and job search event is an incredible opportunity to speak with and engage with faculty and administrators from various liberal arts colleges about open positions at their institutions as well as network with people really committed to diversifying the professoriate.

Click on the link below to see this year’s faculty positions and fellowships.

C-3_LADO Faculty Positions Fellowships

To learn more about these positions, please register for the event here.

Date and Time:  From Monday, September 28 at 10:00 am through Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00 pm EDT
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus

For more information about the conference visit http://gsas.columbia.edu/diversity 
If you have any questions, please contact GSAS Office of Academic Diversity by sending an email to gsas-diversity@columbia.edu or by calling 212-851-9851.