Congratulations to all of the 2021 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award winners!
The National AiC Committee selected 8 Michigan women to receive national awards—1 Winner and 7 Honorable Mentions. Additionally, from a pool of 131 outstanding applicants, the Michigan AiC Committee selected another 106 Michigan women to receive regional awards—30 Winners, 41 Honorable Mentions, and 35 Rising Stars. These women are helping change the face of technology in Michigan!
Two Michigan Outstanding Educators also deserve a hearty 'Congratulation!' and an even heartier "Thank you!!" for all they have done for computing education in Michigan secondary schools:
- Scott Obsniuk, Canton High School, 2021 NCWIT Michigan Affiliate Education Award
- Jason Canfield, Farmington High School, 2021 NCWIT Michigan Affiliate Educator Honorable Mention
Info for Award Recipients: Michigan recipients of 2021 AiC Awards will be celebrated in two events this May.
- Sit With Me/AiC Award Pickup Events: We invite recipients to drop in anytime within one of the 2-hour time windows at the locations below to pick up their award, be photographed with a "red chair," and enjoy a small treat. To ensure the safety of all who attend, masks must be worn and attendees must maintain a distance of 6' from others not arriving in the same vehicle.
- Olson Park Shelter, 1515 Dhu Varren Rd, Ann Arbor, from 3:30—5:30 pm on Friday May 7.
- Large Pavilion @ Memorial Park, 31050 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, from 2:00—4:00 pm on Saturday May 8.
- Milham Park Large Shelter, 400 E Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo, from 10:30 am—12:30 pm on Saturday May 8.
- Chippewassee Park B Shelter, 101 Golfside Dr, Midland, from 11:00 am—1:00 pm on Saturday May 8.
- We will honor Michigan's 2021 AiC award recipients in a virtual ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2:00–4:00 pm. The first 30 minutes will be for award recipients only. Guests are invited to join from 2:30–4:00 pm. The virtual award ceremony will be conducted by Zoom. The link to join will be sent by email to award recipients who are responsible to share it with guests.
About NCWIT AiC: The NCWIT Award for AiC honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, more than 17,000 students have received an Award for AiC.
Check back later to learn this year's affiliate award recipients and those selected for Certificates of Distinction.
Preparing for AiC 2022: Most past AiC award winners were explicitly encouraged to apply by an adult that they looked up to. Do you know a high school or college student who aspires to create technology to improve the world? If so, fill this form and NCWIT will let them know you think they are a great candidate for this award.
Applications for 2022 will open September 1, 2021. Please send questions about the Michigan Award to MIAspirationsAwards@cse.msu.edu.
About Michigan AiC
What we do: We empower youth in Michigan who self-identify as women, genderqueer or non-binary to pursue their dreams of effecting change by harnessing the power of computing and tech. In doing so, we are helping grow a larger, more resilient, and more diverse pool of technical talent in the State. An affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), we advance the NCWIT mission of increasing the meaningful participation of populations currently underrepresented in computing and tech through the Michigan Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Program.
Through AiC, we implement three initiatives, which increase learners’ persistence in computing by inspiring, encouraging, and advancing them at pivotal stages of their educational and professional development:
AspireIT — sparks early interest in computing by supporting K-12 computational-education programs
AiC Awards — recognize and celebrate high school and collegiate students’ technical aspirations and abilities and the educators who support them, at both the national and local levels
AiC Community — creates a sense of belonging and endless networking and leadership development opportunities for girls, women, and other-gendered students
How you can help: Please consider if you or an organization you represent can help in any of the following ways:
Spreading the word about AiC to communities and schools throughout Michigan, encouraging more applications, and broadcasting our successes.
Rating applications and selecting winners for the Michigan AiC Awards.
Planning the 2020 AiC Award Ceremony to be held March 21 in East Lansing.
Providing in-kind donations (e.g. printing services) or SWAG for the Ceremony.
Hosting or facilitating K-12 educational programs (e.g., coding workshop, tour).
Offering job shadowing and internship experiences.
Becoming a financial sponsor.
Michigan AiC is revolutionizing the face of tech in Michigan—we hope you will join us!
Michigan AiC Committee
Amal Alhosban, University of Michigan - Flint
Laura Dillon, Michigan State University
Laura Dinsmoor, Oakland University
Barbara Ericson, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Elizabeth Henderson, Jackson National Life Insurance Company
Taylor Jones, The Ford Motor Company
Erin McLaughlin, Auto Owners Insurance
Dawn Medley, Wayne State University - Detroit
Karen Morand, Cengage
Belinda Moses, Wayne County Community College District
Linda Ott, Michigan Technological University
Jayashree Ravi, Mobi Boot Camp Corp.
Amy Rutledge, Oakland University
Renee Smiddy, Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Elena Stegemann, McCreadie Group, Inc - Ann Arbor
Teresa Isela VanderSloot, Michigan State University
Linda Wittbrodt, Janco International
2019 National Collegiate Finalists from Michigan
- Tayebeh Bahreini | Wayne State University
- Joyce Chew | Calvin College
- Elizabeth Koning | Calvin College