2015 NCWIT Collegiate Award Recipients

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The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact.

  • Brianna Connelly, University of Texas at Austin, “Callscout”
    Brianna’s project “Callscout” is a mobile application for Android and iOS that presents an alternative to the national 2-1-1 information hotline, using cognitive computing to connect individuals to social services related to housing resources, rental assistance programs, food pantries, healthcare, and more. Originally developed with a team as a class project, “Callscout” is now the basis of a startup to launch in July 2015 in Austin, Texas. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFsc0B6DN8s)
  • Natalia Rodriguez, Southwestern University, “Mapping Instagram Data To Visualize Body Image Hashtags”
    Natalia’s project “Mapping Instagram Data To Visualize Body Image Hashtags” is a data visualization tool that allows users to reveal fundamental differences and similarities between hashtags #selfie and #blithe, a pro-anorexia keyword used by individuals suffering from eating disorders, on Instagram. Intuitive visuals created by merging computer science, data analysis, and various visualization tools shines light on the research surrounding the field of “body image” by closely analyzing all of the data linked to these images including likes, comments, and captions. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk-rORKBa94)
  • Angela Sun, Michigan State University, “YOU++: a Smartphone Battery Drain Study”
    Angela’s project “YOU++: a Smartphone Battery Drain Study” is a mobile application for Android that allows users to discover patterns that affect their battery life such as the amount of time spent on apps, most used apps, and the number of times a phone is accessed in a day. “YOU++” collects data anonymously and confidentially from more than 3,000 person-days. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW_WnMyhMj4)

Honorable mentions include:

  • Serena Booth, Harvard University, “SwimSwallow: An Abstract, Bio-inspired Robotic Fish”
  • Brooke Bosley, Wesleyan College, “Social Interaction: Robots and Apps Working Together to Educate Children”
  • Briana Chapman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Palette”
  • Caitlin Cowden, Purdue University, “The Volts Wagon: Exploring Microcontroller Peripherals”
  • Stephanie Djidjev, University of California, Berkeley, “Logi-gif”
  • Amanda Downs, Southern Polytechnic State University, “ICD-9 to ICD-10 Converter”
  • Roya Edalatpour, University of Texas at El Paso, “Impulse Oscillometry Improves Discriminative Capacity of the Detection of Asthma in Anglo and Hispanic Children”
  • Katherine Miller, University of Pennsylvania, “Tracking Gun Violence: Machine Learning, Human Computation, and Epidemiology”
  • Angela Sy, Stanford University, “Nomz: Building Communities Around Passions”
  • Antonella Wilby, University of California, San Diego, “Stereo Camera Rig for Nautical Cyber-Archaeology”


2015 NCWIT Collegiate Award recipients