The Academy for Women is a free virtual program young women going into their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. It is designed to dispel myths about computer science and intrigue young women with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving.
Please check back in February for a link to apply!
Where/when is the Academy?
The Academy for Women will be held virtually, wherever in the world you are! The schedule will be announced soon. Students will spend daytime hours working on projects and will have access to academy advisors who can answer questions and help them with their projects throughout the evening.
Who Can Attend?
The academy is open to young women students going into 10th, 11th and 12th grades in Fall 2021.
What will we be doing?
Participants will be introduced to the world of computer science, including gaining experience in programming. Participants will work in groups to program patterns into simulated strands of lights and create a virtual lightshow that “dances” to music.
Do I have to have previous experience with programming?
This academy is suitable for young women with all experience levels, from those who have never programmed before to those who already have some experience.
Dr. Norman is an Associate Professor of Instruction in The University of Texas at Austin Computer Science Department. She received both her M.S. in computer science and her Ph.D. in computer science from this department. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to spend her days teaching systems to undergraduates and performing outreach to underserved communities. Her research interests lie in the intersection of supercomputing and program analysis with a special interest in static techniques to improve checkpointing. She is also interested in large-scale simulation.
Angie Beasley is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Computer Science department at UT, where she teaches Data Mining. Prior to teaching, Angie worked for 15 years as a software engineer on projects for the US Navy, including submarine sonar systems, periscope systems, unmanned underwater vehicles, radar systems, and radio and satellite communication systems. Angie received her MS in Computer Science with a concentration in Machine Learning from The George Washington University and her BS in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin.
Academy Directors Tiffany Buckley and Mary Esther Middleton have worked for the Department of Computer Science for 15+ years on summer academies, admissions, enrollment, student organizations and diversity initiatives.
You must be a female high school student entering your sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2021.
Sophomore Texas CS 2017
First Bytes was my first real experience with CS outside of high school, and being in such a supportive environment with other girls from so many different backgrounds really made me believe I could succeed in the field and solidified my decision to pursue computer science. Creating a project with a team of other girls gave me the opportunity to understand that CS is a challenging but rewarding field. I also really enjoyed my visit to VMware, a software company in Austin, because it was the first time I was exposed to a working environment, and I was able to picture myself in a similar setting a few years down the road.
Junior Texas CS 2017
First Bytes is an amazing experience for high school girls interested in studying CS. As a former participant and later a Residential Assistant, I’ve been able to witness the transformative experience twice over. It’s amazing to see the ways that campers grow in confidence over the week, working together in teams to program and develop a project of their own. Girls have the ability to learn about the various facets of CS, learning from expert researchers and industry professionals. I can say confidently that First Bytes contributed to my decision to major in Computer Science and attend UT, and I am thankful to have participated in/worked with such a wonderful program.
Freshman Texas CS 2017
Before attending First Bytes, I knew I was interested in coding but was unaware of the applications of computer science as a career. In just one week, First Bytes exposed me to a multitude of career options involving CS including architecture, the CIA and game design. Being introduced to all these focuses got me thinking about my future occupation, and motivated me to do research in topics I found especially interesting like computational neuroscience. Learning about the variety of specialties within CS made me want to go into research and proved to be the most impactful part of First Bytes.