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Gold Sponsor of NCWIT-WI Affiliate Aspirations

Silver Sponsors of NCWIT-WI Affiliate Aspirations


Bronze Sponsors of NCWIT-WI Affiliate Aspirations




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MARK YOUR CALENDAR for our NCWIT-WI Award for Aspirations Award Recognition Event.

Our NCWIT-WI Award for Aspirations  Award Recognition Event will take place VIRTUALLY on Sunday, May 16, 2021 from 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.


The Award for Aspirations in Computing  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. Here is a flyer, a poster and two videos (video1 and video 2).  To apply, please click on the green Apply for the Award button on the upper right.


The Aspirations in Computing Educator Award identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary to explore their interests in computing and technology. Here is a flyer.  To apply, please click on the green Apply for the Award button on the upper right.


The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact.  Here is a flyer and a videoTo apply, please click on the green Apply for the Award button on the upper right. 


NCWIT Aspirations Program Information


AiC Key Dates

For 2020-2021 school year:

9/1/20 - 11/5/20: Application period - Early Deadline: 10/15/20 - AiC High School Award (2020-2021 season)

9/1/20 - 12/7/20: Application period - AiC Educator Award (2020-2021 season)

9/1/20 - 10/15/20: Application period - AiC Collegiate Award (2020-2021 season)

10/1/20: AspireIT application deadline for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 grants (round 14)

11/1/20: Aspire IT recipients notified (round 14)

1/11/20: National AiC HS award recipients notified

2/12/21: Wisconsin AiC HS award recipients notified; Educator Award recipients notified

3/15/21:  Aspire IT Application period for grants for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 closes (round 15)

4/15/21: Aspire IT recipients notified


Statement from the Aspirations in Computing (AiC) staff to the AiC community (condensed)

Like many of you, the NCWIT staff of the Aspirations in Computing Program are grieving and angry. As we reflect on the ongoing pain, suffering, and violence against Black men and womxn, we cannot remain silent. The AiC team reaffirms our commitment to supporting womxn in tech; we can do more to support Black womxn in tech and have put together NCWIT resources that address racism and intersectional injustices and that highlight the accomplishments and experiences of Black womxn as well as a list that advocates for Black tech companies and organizations. We plan to continue the conversations in our community (on our Facebook group!), and work to continue making this a safe space for all community members, particularly our Black womxn and other members of color.

For the FULL STATEMENT, go to:  https://mailchi.mp/ncwit/black-lives-matter


The NCWIT-WI Affiliate Aspirations in Computing Award Student Recognition Booklet for 2020 is now available.

Our recognition booklet this year includes not only photos and bios of all 101 student honorees and 2 educator honorees, but commentary from our planned keynote speaker, comments from our Gold Sponsor, comments from our planned student panelists.  In addition there is extensive information about our Academic Community activities including our NCWIT Academic Alliance members, our Academic Partners in K-12, the work of our honorees with Aspire IT, Counselors for Computing and the NCWIT Collegiate Award.

interactive booklet software (issuu)

Paged printing format (pdf)

Academic Alliance Collegiate Flyers (pdf)


Wisconsin Members of the NCWIT Academic Alliance


The following 13 Wisconsin post-secondary institutions are registered members of the NCWIT Academic Alliance.  As members, they are committed to providing an inclusive culture and environment for women in computing and related disciplines on campus and through their K-12 Outreach programs to support the next generation of female technologists. Thank you very much for your efforts. Please refer to the link associated with each alliance member name and/or their related flyer to better understand the options available women in technology at each campus.

Alverno College (flyer)
Carthage College
Gateway Technical College
Marquette University
Milwaukee Area Technical College
*Milwaukee School of Engineering (flyer)
*UW-Madison (flyer)

*UW-Milwaukee (*CEAS-CS (flyer) , Data Science Institute (flyer), *SOIS (flyer))
UW-Stout (flyer)
Waukesha County Technical College (flyer)

= institution provides scholarships to some/all NCWIT honorees
       Contact NCWIT-WI@gmail.com for details


Contact Information

Email:  ncwit.wi@gmail.com
Twitter: @NCWIT_WI
LinkedIn: NCWIT Wisconsin


NCWIT-WI Affiliate Board of Directors


Joe Kmoch - JK Consulting (ncwit.wi@gmail.com)


Vice Chair:

Cheryl Nowak - TAPCO



Aspirations in Computing Applications and Review

Joe Kmoch - JK Consulting


Aspirations In Computing Awards Event

Cheryl Nowak - TAPCO (chair)

Sharon Skinner - Alverno College 

Sharyn Warren - Alverno College 


Academic Engagement - Collegiate

Laura Schmidt - Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition


Academic Engagement - K-12

Molly Schuld - Northwestern Mutual


Academic Engagement - AspireIT

Tina Gleason - Golda Meir School


Alumnae Engagement

Rachael Wiley - Guardian Software Systems/WCTC student

Megan Choy - Northwestern Mutual/UW-Madison student


Community Outreach

Megan Cindric - Refinitiv


Diversity Engagement

Lita Mallett - Milwaukee Excellence Charter School



Christine Gay - Advocate Aurora Health Care


Marketing and Digital Presence

Steven Hartl - PDS Inc

John Miller - PDS Inc

Joan Nordick - PDS Inc

Shalisha Porter - IT Contractor



Mary Acuna - UW-Whitewater

Dele Ojelabi - Comcentia


At Large Directors:

Kathy Lang - Kathy J. Lang & Associates

Tina Rock - Advanced Hires

* In addition to those that serve on the Board of Directors, a wide variety of volunteers are leveraged to support all aspects of NCWIT-WI programming and operations.

last updated: 1/21/2021:jk:7:00p.m. CST