Texas Computer Science is committed to increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in the field of computing. As we work to build a diverse workforce of highly trained computer scientists and engineers, we invite interested industry partners to partner with us to advance this mission.
Corporate gifts for Diversity @ Texas Computer Science initiatives are vital to the success of our programs and support the overall mission to recruit, retain and educate women and underrepresented groups in computer science. To participate or find out which tier is right for you, please contact Ana Lozano at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 471-9797.
TEXAS CS SUMMER ACADEMIES
The Texas Computer Science Summer Academies are free, one-week residential camps for female and underrepresented high school students. The program is designed to dispel preconceptions about computer science and to encourage young men and women from underrepresented populations to pursue computer science. The camp admits approximately 60 students each summer per academy and provides opportunities to learn a programming language, network with successful computer scientists from similar backgrounds in both the academic and corporate fields, visit research labs, explore careers in computer science, and experience life on a college campus. Through the Summer Academies, Texas Computer Science seeks to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering the computer science field and to build a talent pipeline for industry.
TEXAS CS STUDENT ORGS
The Association of Black Computer Scientists (ABCS) is a student led organization that provides mentorship, networking, and opportunities to Black students pursuing an education in computer science. The organization works to build and empower members of the Texas Computer Science and broader black community to pursue technology related education and careers. Additionally, ABCS is committed to providing resources and guidance to students who want to learn more about computer science through outreach.
The Hispanic Association of Computer Scientists (HACS) is an organization that seeks to empower and encourage Hispanic and Latinx students in computer science and the tech industry by providing opportunities through community building events, mentorship, and academic and career development. Through Diversity @ Texas CS, HACS will be able to build more meaningful connections and expand upon the organization’s goal.
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) is dedicated to building a community of undergraduate women in the field of computer science through outreach, professional development, academic initiatives, and social events. These events also include a mentor/mentee program, as well as networking opportunities with industry partners. Events take place throughout the academic year.
The Women's Hackathon is a 12-hour, all-female hackathon co-hosted by the WiCS student organization and the Department of Computer Science. The initiative invites women from Texas Computer Science and other technical majors at UT Austin to interact in a supportive community environment, in an effort to encourage more technical creativity while providing an opportunity for students to learn and advance their technical skills. The goal of the event is to give participants the opportunity to comfortably work in teams in order to increase the students' experience in building technical projects, grow their network of women in technical fields, interact with industry mentors, and encourage attendance at future technical events.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront, and more than 2,000 technical women attend. Texas CS is proud to send undergraduate and graduate women to the conference, which is held each fall. The conference results in collaborative proposals, networking, mentoring and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing.
Afrotech is the nation’s leading tech and entrepreneurship conference, connecting future leaders with the founders of top tech start-ups. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and build connections with the best and brightest in the world of tech entrepreneurship and while creating their own personal brand.
The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference provides a unique forum designed to inspire and encourage computing students and professionals from diverse backgrounds. Held every other spring, Texas CS sends a contingent of students to the conference where they participate in the research poster session, attend research talks, network and socialize with students and faculty from across the nation.
Scholarship support will be used to recruit and retain the brightest undergraduate students into computer science who have attended the Texas Computer Science Summer Academies and/or are members of the diversity student organization. Students receiving financial support through sponsorships are encouraged to pursue computer science education and have the opportunity to concentrate on their academic careers without the worry of financial burden.