CS@VT and AWC well represented at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Publish Date: 11/30/2011

The Association for Women in Computing at Virginia Tech (AWC) and the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech made a huge impact at this year’s national Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The conference, held this year in Portland, Oregon, offers female computer scientists the opportunity to network with fellow students, researchers, and professionals, attend technical, academic, and professional sessions, and present their research to a general audience of computer scientists. As a conference aimed at computer scientists in general, Grace Hopper offers the opportunity for attendees to pick up tips for success in industry or academia. Some of the sessions offered included negotiating in the workplace, developing research proposals, and building personal brands. However, the conference was not limited to these general sessions. Sessions on mobile computing, security, and large-scale computing were just a few of the topics covered.

In addition to attending valuable sessions, Virginia Tech students and alumni ran panels and presented their research during the poster session. Stacy Branham led a panel on time management. Anamary Leal was a member of the panel for this session. Laurian Vega, a recent PhD graduate from Virginia Tech, served on two panels regarding motherhood and maternity leave. Lauren Bradel, Sarah Dotson, Shaimaa Lazem (scholarship winner), Anamary Leal, and Rongrong Wang presented their work at the poster session.

The AWC attendees volunteered their time at Virginia Tech’s sponsor booth. As a gold sponsor, Virginia Tech’s booth was located right in front of the entrance to the exhibitor and sponsor booth area.  Attendees who staffed the booth fielded questions from potential undergraduate and graduate students as well as current PhD students looking for faculty opportunities.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing was started in 1994 in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper and has expanded to hold an additional annual conference in India. Next year’s Grace Hopper Conference will be located in Baltimore, Maryland.

The CS Department and AWC wish to thank Freddie Mac and Northrop Grumman for their generous support.  Their financial support helped make this year's trip possible. 

Article by Lauren Bradel (AWC Public Relations)