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Apply now for a scholarship to attend Grace Hopper!

We are happy to announce that the CS Department will again award several scholarships of approximately $1500 to help students attend this year’s Grace Hopper Conference. These scholarships are provided by generous donors, CSU’s Computer Science Department, and the College of Natural Science’s Dean’s Office.

2017 Conference details:

2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
DATE: Wednesday, October 4 – Friday, October 6
LOCATION: Orlando, Florida

How to apply for the conference scholarship:

Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, April 28

You must be a Computer Science or ACT major to apply.

Step 1: assemble the following application materials:

1. Your current resume
2. Personal essay addressing what you hope to gain from attending the Grace Hopper Conference and how you plan to share your experience with others if selected to attend and represent CSU. The essay should be 500 words or less.

Step 2: email your application materials to: Chris Wilcox by Friday, April 28

Awardees will be notified of selection by the end of finals week, May 13th.

About the Grace Hopper Conference

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is "the world’s largest gathering of women technologists." This year the conference expects 18,000 attendees from around the world. At Grace Hopper you will have the opportunity to attend sessions given by industry leaders and innovators, participate in professional workshops, go to a career fair, attend track sessions on technology and careers, and meet lots of people with a common interest in computer science and technology. Students who have attended in the past return from the conference very inspired and many call it "a life changing event."

For a report from the CSU computer science students who attended last year, please read the SOURCE article here.

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Accompanied by Assistant Professor Laura Moreno, 10 students attended this year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing - the world's largest gathering of women technologists.

Read more about it on CSU SOURCE here.

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Students and faculty from the Computer Science Department recently attended the Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing (RMCWiC). Graduate student Swapnil Sneham won 2nd Prize for best research presentation at this year's conference. RMCWiC is a biennial ACM Celebration event for the Rocky Mountain Region that encourages the career interests of women in computing.


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Girls Who Code, hosted by the department, is a free coding club for middle and high school girls. The club will meet every Tuesday starting Jan. 24 and run through May. Chris Wilcox will teach free lessons on the Python programming language and web design. For more information, contact Chris.

Our Girls Who Code Club and diversity efforts were recently featured in the Coloradoan.

Read more about Girls Who Code.

We host several successful, fun summer camps for middle and high school students. From data analysis, math, and programming to creating webpages and games, the camps exposed young students to the exciting field of computer science. We look forward to seeing our middle and high schoolers again in summer 2017!

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Math in Action in Computer Science (MACS)
Director: Shrideep Pallickara
Description: A weeklong residential camp for Native American middle school students from Cortez Middle School in Cortez, CO. Students and their teachers learn to apply middle school math concepts to real-world problems in computer science. This camp is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Read more about it in the Coloradoan.

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Summer STEM Camp for Women in Fort Collins (SWiFT)
Director: Sangmi Pallickara
Description: A weeklong camp for female high school students from Rocky Mountain High School and Fort Collins High School. Activity-based programming and hands-on experience in solving real-world problems using data science. Final projects involve working with social media data and performing sentiment analysis. This camp is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Read more about it on CSU SOURCE here.

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Programming Camp for Middle School Girls
Director: Chris Wilcox
Description: A weeklong camp for rising 6-9th grade local girls. Explore computing by creating personalized webpages and dynamic games using HTML, CSS, Scratch, and Python. The 2017 camp will be held from June 5 to June 9 at Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins. More details coming soon!

Read more about it on CSU SOURCE here.


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ACM-W Club, is an official ACM-W student chapter a dedicated to increasing diversity within our department. We support, celebrate, and advocate internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, provide a wide range of programs and services to ACM members, and work in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women. All are welcome at our weekly meetings! More details are available at our website.


The Computer Science Department offers several scholarships related to diversity, including scholarships designed to recruit and retain students in populations that are currently underrepresented. A complete list of all Computer Science Department scholarships can be found on the College of Natural Sciences webpage.

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Frances E. Allen Scholarship in Computer Science

Established by an anonymous donor in honor of Michelle Mills Strout, formerly in the Department of Computer Science at CSU. The scholarship is named for Frances Allen, the first woman to receive the Turing Award, which is the most prestigious award in Computer Science. For more information on Frances Allen, visit the Wikipedia page linked from the image.

Computer Science Inclusion and Excellence Scholarship

This fund was created to promote inclusion and excellence in the department by recruiting and retaining stellar underrepresented students in computer science. Awards are selected in March for students entering as Computer Science majors in the following August.

The Steven Boyd, Jr. Scholarship

This scholarship was created by alumnus, Steven Boyd, Jr., to support underrepresented students in the Department of Computer Science.

The Grit Scholarship in Computer Science

This scholarship was established by Dale and Lou Grit to encourage students to pursue Computer Science as a major.

Grace Hopper Sponsorship

In addition to recruiting and retention scholarships, the Computer Science Department has recently started sending students to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The conference is held each October. Refer to the news section of this webpage for more information on the most recent conference in Houston. Selection occurs during spring semester and is based on an essay from each applicant.


The diversity efforts in the Computer Science Department are part of the large effort at inclusive excellence at Colorado State University. The website of the Vice President for Diversity is here.


Our faculty and students are actively involved in advocating diversity in the department, university, and community. Members serving on our Undergraduate Operations Committee address diversity in the department and welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions. Please contact us here.

Committee Members 2016-2017: Chris Wilcox (Chair), Albert Lionelle, Debbie Bartlett, Indrakshi Ray, Laura Moreno, Russ Wakefield, Sudipto Ghosh, and Jess Cobb (student representative).