Congratulations to all of the 2020 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award winners!
We are extremely proud that the National AiC Committee selected 12 Michigan women to receive national awards—1 Winner, 7 Honorable Mentions, and 4 Certificates of Distinction. Additionally, from a pool of 117 outstanding applicants, the Michigan AiC Committee selected another 73 Michigan women to receive regional awards—30 Winners, 30 Honorable Mentions, and 13 Rising Stars.
Two Michigan Outstanding Educators also deserve a hearty 'Congratulation!' and even hardier "Thank you!!" for all they have done for computing education in Michigan secondary schools:
- Holly Corbett, Fenton High School
- Richard Lamb, Cranbrook Schools
2020 Michigan AiC Award Ceremony: Thank you to all who attended the virtual award ceremony on May 9! We counted 80 participants, including about 35 award recipients. Read more about it here . . .
Preparing for AiC 2021: Most past AiC award winners applied because an adult they respected explicitly encouraged them 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 2021 will open September 1, 2020. 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
Aubrey Baker, CQL Corp.
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, Ford Motor Company
Kathleen M Kalata, Ferris State University
Erin McLaughlin, Auto Owners Insurance
Linda Ott, Michigan University of Technology
Jayashree Ravi, Mobi Boot Camp Corp.
Amy Rutledge, Oakland University
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