Michigan State University Women in Computing (MSU WIC) is an organization of students and faculty (both men and women) who work to recruit, support, and retain women in computing fields. If you are interested in computing, we would love to see you at our next meeting! We host many events during the semester including tech talks from visiting companies, Lean In Circles, Girl Scout workshops, web development workshops, social events, and more. Check out our calendar and events below to keep up to date or like us on Facebook by searching MSU WIC.
WIC's general meetings and Lean In Circles take place nearly every Tuesday from 6pm-7pm in 2243 Engineering Building. Whether you are a freshman or senior, we would love to see you at our meetings. WIC also hosts a number of social events every semester, so watch out for special announcements regarding those events!
WIC members participate in a number of outreach programs such as organizing after school STEM clubs at local high schools and technology workshops. WIC members also participate in outreach initiatives hosted by MSU's College of Engineering. We hope that these outreach activities have impacted our local community by increasing interest in computing among girls and also increasing their confidence in their ability to learn. If you would like to get involved in any of WIC's outreach programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to reach out to us for any reason, you can email our president, vice-president, treasurer, outreach chair, or corporate relations chair. To reach WIC's advisors, send an email to email@example.com.
Lean In Chair
Social Event Planner
The WIC Extra Mile Leadership Award is given each year to a member of the WIC Executive Board whose outstanding leadership in the last year has contributed towards improving the club. The WIC President and WIC Vice President nominate an awardee, who must be approved by the WIC Advisors. The WIC President, WIC Vice President, previous EMLA recipients, and students who could graduate in the current academic year are ineligible. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding leaders and encourage them to run for other leadership positions in the coming years.
2010 - Meghan McNeil
2011 - Cassi Miller and Kathryn Bonnen
2012 - Mairin Chesney
2013 - Chelsea Carr and Kaitlin Davis
2014 - Ashlee Deline
2015 - Neha Gupta
2016 - Courtney Irwin
2017 - Lauren Allswede
Interested in giving tech talks, marketing your company, or helping students attend conferences? Consider becoming a corporate sponsor of WIC! For more information about sponsorship, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michigan State University Women in Computing 2016-2017 Annual Report
Michigan State University Women in Computing (MSU WIC) offers many ways for its members to connect with each other and the community. This past year, WIC members attended conferences, participated in outreach programs, and even assisted their fellow students with registering to vote. As president, I enjoyed participating and witnessing WIC evolve and offer new and different programs. This annual report highlights some of the opportunities WIC participated in to increase membership and engage current members.
MSU WIC is a community of women and men who are passionate not only about technology and computer science, but also about increasing the number of women and other underrepresented groups in technology. To foster and grow our community this year, we emphasized recruiting and retaining first-and second-year students. Senior WIC members purposely engaged junior members at WIC meetings, organized a meeting in which they advised junior members about courses, and encouraged junior members to attend MICWIC. We believe that establishing a strong support network early in a student’s college career aids the student in successfully completing her chosen degree program.
This academic year, MSU WIC members attended two different conferences: the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) and the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing (MICWIC). Thanks to the financial support from industry partners and from the University, 22 MSU WIC members attended GHC in Houston, Texas, and 45 MSU WIC members attended the MICWIC conference at MSU East Lansing campus. Our Lean In Circle (Birds of a Feather session) was one of the highlights of MICWIC with over 50 students, professors, and industry professionals in attendance from around the state of Michigan. For many, it was their first experience with Lean In Circles, and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback.
In addition to supporting women and underrepresented groups interested in computing at the college level, many MSU WIC members also participated in K-12 outreach programs. For our IgniteCS program, 17 MSU WIC members went to 5 different area schools to run after-school coding camps. The program involved about 75 secondary students from elementary to high school. Not only were younger students exposed to computing topics, but MSU WIC members learned how to convey computer science topics in a comprehensible manner by planning and executing lessons and activities. Many MSU WIC members also served as volunteers for recruiting and outreach events hosted by the University.
MSU WIC partnered with the following technology leaders in offering these opportunities to students:
Platinum: General Motors
Gold: Target | Vertafore | Whirlpool
Silver: Crowe Horwath | Union Pacific
On behalf of MSU WIC, I would like to express our gratitude to all of our industry partners, the Computer Science and Engineering Department, and the College of Engineering for their continued support this year. There are not enough words to express how much their support impacts and improves all of the programs and opportunities that MSU WIC offers its members. I would also like to thank our alumni for helping WIC become what it is today. For our current and future members, I hope WIC continues to be as significant to you as it was to me during my four years of college: a source of friendship, support, and countless memories.
2016-2017 MSU WIC President