Friday, October 18, 2013
QoLT Participants Inspire Young Women in Computer Science Towards Research
Two of the QoLT Center's former Student Leadership Council (SLC) co-chairs lead QoLT-oriented sessions during this year's OurCS - Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science - Program.
OurCS is a weekend-long workshop program designed by Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science and Women@SCS for Undergraduate Women in Computer Science. The 3-day workshop is research focused and provides opportunities for undergraduate women from the USA and around the globe to work on exploratory problems in teams led by researchers from industry, academia and other computing related domains.
Participants gain the opportunity to:
- meet others who share their curiosity and interest in computer science
- explore the research experience in computing related domains
- work hands-on with researchers
- work in a team to tackle a research problem
- present a poster: great for first timers!
- broaden understanding of the possibilities of graduate school and the application process
Anca Dragan, incumbent SLC co-chair, and Portia Taylor, QoLT alumni and former SLC co-chair during the 2011-2012 SLC term, each lead undergraduate women teams to explore QoLT-infused research themes. Descriptions of their session topics follow:
Anca Dragan - Ph.D. Candidate - Robotics Institute
Portia Taylor - Hardy-Apfel IT Fellow, Social Security Administration
For more details, visit the OurCS program website.
Workshop participants also have a chance to learn about life in graduate school from the perspectives of faculty and current graduate students.