What is Women in Computing?

Michigan State University Women in Computing (MSU WIC) is an organization of students and faculty (both men and women) who work to recruit, support, and retain women in computing fields. If you are interested in computing, we would love to see you at our next meeting! We host many events during the semester, including tech talks from visiting companies, Lean In Circles, Girl Scout workshops, web development workshops, social events, and more. Check out our calendar and events below to keep up to date or like us on Facebook by searching MSU WIC.

Get Involved

WIC's general meetings and Lean In Circles take place nearly every Tuesday from 6pm-7pm in 2243 Engineering Building. Whether you are a freshman or senior, we would love to see you at our meetings. WIC also hosts a number of social events every semester, so watch out for special announcements regarding those events!

Outreach

WIC members participate in a number of outreach programs, such as after school STEM clubs at local high schools and technology workshops. WIC members also participate in outreach initiatives hosted by MSU's College of Engineering. We hope that these outreach activities have impacted our local community by increasing interest in computing among girls and also increasing their confidence in their ability to learn. If you would like to get involved in any of WIC's outreach programs, please contact wic-outreach@cse.msu.edu.

Women in Computing E-Board

2017-2018

If you'd like to reach out to us for any reason, you can email our president, vice-president, treasurer, outreach chair, or corporate relations chair. To reach WIC's advisors, send an email to msuwic@cse.msu.edu.

Lauren Allswede

President

Sarah Fillwock

Vice President

Nayana Kodur

Treasurer

Erin O'Hara

Secretary

Harshita Das

Outreach

Camille Emig

Corporate Relations

Savanna Pinkoski

Webmaster

Meenu Sundararaju

Lean In Chair

Sasha Morford

Social Event Planner

Sarah Johanknecht

Outreach Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Check back next year for more events!

Calendar

WIC Extra Mile Leadership Award

The WIC Extra Mile Leadership Award is given each year to a member of the WIC Executive Board whose outstanding leadership in the last year has contributed towards improving the club. The WIC President and WIC Vice President nominate an awardee, who must be approved by the WIC Advisors. The WIC President, WIC Vice President, previous EMLA recipients, and students who could graduate in the current academic year are ineligible. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding leaders and encourage them to run for other leadership positions in the coming years.

2010 - Meghan McNeil

2011 - Cassi Miller and Kathryn Bonnen

2012 - Mairin Chesney

2013 - Chelsea Carr and Kaitlin Davis

2014 - Ashlee Deline

2015 - Neha Gupta

2016 - Courtney Irwin

2017 - Lauren Allswede

Corporate Sponsors

Become a Sponsor

Interested in giving tech talks, marketing your company, or helping students attend conferences? Consider becoming a corporate sponsor of WIC! For more information about sponsorship, contact wic-treasurer@cse.msu.edu.

Michigan State University Women in Computing 2016-2017 Annual Report

Michigan State University Women in Computing (MSU WIC) offers many ways for its members to connect with each other and the community. This past year, WIC members attended conferences, participated in outreach programs, and even assisted their fellow students with registering to vote. As president, I enjoyed participating and witnessing WIC evolve and offer new and different programs. This annual report highlights some of the opportunities WIC participated in to increase membership and engage current members.

MSU WIC is a community of women and men who are passionate not only about technology and computer science, but also about increasing the number of women and other underrepresented groups in technology. To foster and grow our community this year, we emphasized recruiting and retaining first-and second-year students. Senior WIC members purposely engaged junior members at WIC meetings, organized a meeting in which they advised junior members about courses, and encouraged junior members to attend MICWIC. We believe that establishing a strong support network early in a student’s college career aids the student in successfully completing her chosen degree program.

This academic year, MSU WIC members attended two different conferences: the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) and the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing (MICWIC). Thanks to the financial support from industry partners and from the University, 22 MSU WIC members attended GHC in Houston, Texas, and 45 MSU WIC members attended the MICWIC conference at MSU East Lansing campus. Our Lean In Circle (Birds of a Feather session) was one of the highlights of MICWIC with over 50 students, professors, and industry professionals in attendance from around the state of Michigan. For many, it was their first experience with Lean In Circles, and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

In addition to supporting women and underrepresented groups interested in computing at the college level, many MSU WIC members also participated in K-12 outreach programs. For our IgniteCS program, 17 MSU WIC members went to 5 different area schools to run after-school coding camps. The program involved about 75 secondary students from elementary to high school. Not only were younger students exposed to computing topics, but MSU WIC members learned how to convey computer science topics in a comprehensible manner by planning and executing lessons and activities. Many MSU WIC members also served as volunteers for recruiting and outreach events hosted by the University.

MSU WIC partnered with the following technology leaders in offering these opportunities to students:

Platinum: General Motors

Gold: Target | Vertafore | Whirlpool

Silver: Crowe Horwath | Union Pacific

On behalf of MSU WIC, I would like to express our gratitude to all of our industry partners, the Computer Science and Engineering Department, and the College of Engineering for their continued support this year. There are not enough words to express how much their support impacts and improves all of the programs and opportunities that MSU WIC offers its members. I would also like to thank our alumni for helping WIC become what it is today. For our current and future members, I hope WIC continues to be as significant to you as it was to me during my four years of college: a source of friendship, support, and countless memories.

Sincerely,

Paige Henderson

2016-2017 MSU WIC President

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