EOD Innovation Awardee
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Awards at Southern Utah University
iUTAH provided funds to support the first National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) aspiration awards at Southern Utah University.
The award recognized high school women for outstanding achievements in computing and technology. Led by SUU Faculty member Dr. Shalini Kesar, the program received 39 high school applicants representing eight counties in southern Utah (Iron, Beaver, Washington, Garfield, Piute, San Juan, Wayne, and Kane). Eleven winners were selected from this group after undergoing a rigorous national blind review.
The award ceremony was hosted at SUU on March 29, 2014, and honored these aspiring young women for their computing-related achievement and interest along with their parents and educators. The event helped in increasing visibility of young women in computing, and also SUU’s ability to effectively recruit, retain, and advance girls and women in K-12 through college education, and from an academic setting to careers outside of the university.
In addition to student recognition at the event, one educator from Washington County was the recipient of an “Educator of the Year” award at a national level. Five graduates from the group of 39 applicants are enrolled at SUU in 2014.