Washington: Eastern Washington
The Washington State University affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is proud to host the Award for Aspirations in Computing for students in Eastern Washington. Award recipients are selected for their aptitude and interest in IT and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.
Local winners and honorable mentions were chosen for the 2017 competition, and the Eastern Washington Affiliate Award Ceremony and Banquet honoring them as well as educator of the year awardee, Adam Smith of Cheney High School, was held at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center in Pullman, Washington, on Tuesday evening, March 28th. Our keynote speaker was Raeanne Marks, a Software Development Engineer for Isilon, a Seattle-based division of Dell EMC. Her talk, "Why Brave the Computing Field?," was inspiring! NCWIT Associate Director and CTO Terry Morreale also gave a great introduction to the audience on NCWIT and the AiC program. In spite of a little rain, a good time was had by all.
It's never too soon to start planning for next year's AiC competition. Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2017! Also, don't forget that all members of the Aspirations in Computing community are eligible to participate in the AspireIT program. Register your program by June 21st. For more information, see https://www.ncwit.org/project/aspireit-k-12-outreach-program.
If you have any questions, please send them to Shira Broschat, the AiC Coordinator and committee chair at the email address below.
Shira L. Broschat
AiC Coordinator, Eastern Washington
Director, Program Development Office
National Security Directorate, PNNL
Broadening Participation in Computing Club, WSU
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA