The Corporate Liaisons organize and coordinate events with Corporate Sponsors and FoCS Companies. We host a variety of events with the companies, ranging from networking over succulent planting to demonstrating technical skills through coding competitions. We also work with these companies to provide workshops, judges, and prizes for our annual hackathon.
Outreach within WiCS organizes volunteer events with local schools teaching young kids about CS, participates in outreach events such as Explore UT, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, and Girl Scouts events. Wondering what it is really like to be a female computer science major at UT Austin? Follow the unique experiences of female-identifying UTCS students on our blog.
The Academic Team aims to help WiCS members feel prepared for their classes. We organize study groups with classmates, exam review sessions with upperclassmen, and lunches with our CS faculty. Geared towards academics, our programs ensure WiCS members are comfortable with their coursework. Feel free to contact us with any questions!
The social events in WiCS create a community within the department that helps students have a support system. Throughout the semester we have fun events such as kayaking and bowling. Once a month we organize brown bags in which girls can meet other members and an officer on a smaller scale.
WiCS organizes technical workshops to teach members new technical skills that they may not learn in class. Our workshops range from coding competitions, introduction to gaming, introduction to app development, and CTFs co-hosted with other student orgs.
WiCS hosts an annual all female hackathon to create a space in which women feel comfortable. This year we will be expanding our hackathon to two days. The first day will include technical workshops and talks to prepare you for the hackathon. The second day will be a 12 hour hackahon with prize categories hosted by our sponsors.
WiCS Nell Dale Families is an opportunity for members to connect with a mix of under and upperclassmen on a smaller scale. Each officer leads a family and members earn points for attending events. The family with the most points wins a prize at the end of the year! This program is a great way to receive support and develop a connection with other students in your classes and those who can offer advice.
WiCS Corporate Mentorship program, in partnership with UTCS alumni, is a unique opportunity for current and incoming members to establish a mentoring relationship with female employees working in the tech industry. We will match accepted students with a mentor who shares similar interests, both technical and non-technical. Incoming female-identifying UTCS students will be given more of a support system to navigate what might be their first forays into the corporate world, while upperclassmen will be able to build and expand upon their existing knowledge base.
WiCS Graduate Mentorship program is an opportunity for undergraduate women who are applying or considering applying to graduate school to connect with female graduate students. We will pair graduate students with two to three undergraduate students based on their interests. Grad student mentors can provide guidance on preparing for graduate school, including getting involved in undergraduate research, and applying to graduate school, whether for a Master’s or a Ph.D. Mentors will meet with their mentees at least once a month.