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Who We Are

WICSE was founded in 1977 by CS graduate students Paula Hawthorn, Diane McEntyre, Barbara Simons, Mary Ann Niemat, Susan Eggers, and Deborah Estrin and celebrated its 40th anniversary in March of 2018. This robust networking and advocacy organization has been successful in attracting and sustaining womxn students through sponsoring pre-college outreach and hosting activities from weekly lunches to national conferences. Sheila Humphreys, academic coordinator for student matters in EECS, credits WICSE's success to its continuity, its ongoing contact with successful alumnae and other prominent womxn in the field, and to the support it receives from EECS for staff, space, and funding. Enjoy HERE a detailed history of WICSE from founding to present day, thanks to Sheila!

What We Do

WICSE aims at building a community of graduate student womxn and creating a welcoming and supportive environment for them throughout their graduate studies. WICSE is highly involved in outreach programs to develop interest in science among young girls throughout their childhood and teenage years. WICSE has important ties with industry partners and research institutions. The association organizes workshops to develop professional skills and hosts networking events with industry representatives, researchers, and professors. We are committed to developing a strong professional network to provide advice and professional opportunities for our members.


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