The Virginia Community is proud to host the Award for Aspirations in Computing in Virginia. Award recipients will be selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

This is an annual event at the national and regional level. We encourage women in grades 9-12 to apply each year.

The Virginia Celebration of NCWIT Aspiration Winners will be held on March 2, 2019 at The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  This will be the 8th annual Virginia affiliate celebration.

Tentative Agenda;

9:00 to 10:30 Tour and Exhibits

     9:15 to 10:15 Tour of Goodwin Hall - Campus Map

      9:00 to 12:30 Exhibits in foyer: Bank of America, Computer Science at Virginia Tech, Posters from previous Virginia Affiliate Winners

10:30 to 11:15 Presentations - 3 concurrent sessions to choose from

  • Dr. Danfeng (Daphne) Yao, Associate Professor Computer Science, Virginia Tech - "Data Breach and Multiple Points to Stop it"
  • Ms. Kavya Kopparapu, Freshman Harvard University, Previous Virginia Affiliate Winner, One of Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018 - Topic TBA
  • Dr. Kelly Shaw, Associate Professor Computer Science, University of Richmond - "Should you consider doing research?"

11:30 to 12:15 Presentations - 3 concurrent sessions to choose from

  • Dr. Cal Ribbens, Department Head Computer Science and Interim Director of Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech - CS and Science, CS at Virginia Tech "Inventing the Future with Computer Science"
  • Terina-Jasmine (TJ) Alladin, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community Engagement Manager - Opportunities with NCWIT
  • Michelle Dowling and Tianyi Li, PhD students Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Discovery Analytics Center - Topic TBA

12:30 to 4:00 luncheon, keynote, panel of previous winners, and award ceremony

12:30 Welcome and Ice Breaker "Mingle Like you Mean It" with Claire Childress, Associate Director - Career Network, Virginia Tech Career Services

1:00 Keynote

1:30 to 2:30 luncheon

2:30 Dessert and Panel of Previous Winners

  • Allison Collier - Senior, Computer Science at Virginia Tech - 2012 VA/DC Affiliate Winner, 2013 National Winner
  • April Fitzgerald - Senior, Computer Science at Virginia Tech - 2015 Virginia Affiliate Winner
  • Samhita Pendyal - Freshman, Computer Science at William & Mary - 2018 Virginia Affiliate Winner, 2019 Collegiate Award Finalist

3:00 Award Presentation

Keynote speaker: Dr. Bev Watford, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED); College of Engineering at Virginia Tech

All applications submitted have been reviewed and scored by educators and industry representatives across the country.  After the applications are scored, each affiliate then selects winners and honorable mentions. Winners and honorable mentions are high achieving young women, who are being recognized for their excellent academics, volunteer activities, and plans for post-secondary education. 

The goal of the national and regional affiliate programs is to honor girls who are “interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.”  We are fortunate to have the resources to include all Virginia affiliate winners, honorable mentions and 12W students at our event, as well as our two state National Aspirations winners and two NCWIT Collegiate Award finalists who attend school in Virginia. We are excited to offer this opportunity to all of our Virginia winners so that they can all start networking with other students, educators, and industry partners. 



Pictured above are our 2018 Virginia Aspirations winners, Virginia Affiliate Honorable Mentions, Virginia Affiliate Ones to Watch and NCWIT National Honorable Mentions who attended the celebration with their families and teachers. Representatives of our supporting companies and our organizing committee members also attended the celebration.  Read more in our press release for the event.

Allison Collier, a 2012 VA/DC regional winner and 2013 national winner, is now a junior studying computer science at Virginia Tech.  She made a video about what aspirations means to her. 

Please contact with any questions about the Virginia & Washington DC community.

Chair: Libby G. Bradford, Virginia Tech,

Organizing Committee:

Melinda Cloyes, Bank of America,

Marjorie Hash, Bank of America,

Tonya Johnson, Bank of America,

Kamaljeet Sanghera, George Mason University,

Kelly Shaw, University of Richmond,

Marietta Woodward, Bank of America,