Women In Computing

This year, six graduate students and 14 undergraduate students attended the Grace Hopper conference.

Earlier in the semester, a group of female undergraduate students from the Department of Computer Science, along with faculty members, attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference held in Houston, Texas.

Co-founded by Anita Borg and Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women In Computing Conference is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

For the last three years, the Department of Computer Science has supported and encouraged students to attend the event. This year, Rensselaer undergraduate students who made the trip include: Caitlin Connerney, Sarabeth Jaffe, Cameron Mine, Sarah Schattschneider, and Monika Verma. Chuck Stewart, head of computer science, and Francine Berman, Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, and chair of the Research Data Alliance/U.S., also attended.

Overall, the conference results in collaborative proposals, networking, and mentoring for attendees. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia, and government. The conference also offers professional development through a variety of activities.

Currently, there are 720 students who are pursuing study in the Department of Computer 
Science at Rensselaer.