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Sep 22, 2011 #161
Contact: Laura Byerley
UMKC and Northwest Missouri State University professors co-chair first regional conference on women in computing
Oct. 7-8 event addresses national decline of women choosing computer science professionsKANSAS CITY, Mo. - University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) Associate Teaching Professor Judy Mullins and Northwest Missouri State University Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Carol Spradling will co-chair the first Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Women in Computing (MINKWIC) conference Oct. 7-8 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City - Plaza, 220 West 43rd St., Kansas City, Mo. A career fair featuring 14 companies and 4 graduate schools is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 8, as well. For more information, visit http://minkcwic.acm.org/.
This regional meeting, modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, will bring together students, faculty and technology leaders from across the four states to discuss the role of women in today's computing and technology fields, share experiences and strategies for success and explore issues common to women working in these fields. Specifically, the goal is to provide an opportunity for young women to explore opportunities in computing, network with other women from academia, industry and government and create friendships among women in the region who share the same interest and passion for computing. This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science professions.
Representatives from Microsoft, Google, IBM, Cerner, Garmin, Monsanto, Hewlett-Packard, Booz Allen Hamilton and Principal Financial will speak at the event, and students can present their research and areas of study.
The MINKWIC regional conference is funded by a grant from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing, National Center for Women & Information Technology, National Science Foundation and Microsoft Research. Gold sponsors for the event are Microsoft, the Anita Borg Institute and Booz Allen Hamilton. The silver sponsor is Cerner Corporation.
SCE's internationally-recognized faculty prepare students for today's competitive job market by providing a curriculum that includes the latest technology and business trends, as well as a comprehensive education in each field's theory and fundamental practice. Our classes also build bridges to the professional world by partnering with local companies, organizations and engineers. To learn more about SCE, visit http://sce.umkc.edu/default.asp.
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