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Workshop in Computer Science for Young Women

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The CEMC Workshop in Computer Science for Young Women was designed to encourage young women considering computer science as a career for the first time. It is a unique opportunity designed to ignite enthusiasm for computer science in interested female students from across Canada who have had little or no previous exposure to computer science. The young women invited learn that computer science is about much more than using and programming computers. Through lectures, labs and hands-on activities, the workshop explores the foundations and applications of computer science that have a profound effect on the world today. Lasting friendships develop as participants stay in on-campus residences for one week and enjoy many social events.

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Intended Audience

Female grade 9 and 10 students with an aptitude for mathematics attending a Canadian high school or middle school. Participants should not have attended any similiar workshop.

Dates and Location

Saturday, May 13 to Saturday May 20, 2017 at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

Cost

There is a $150 registration fee, including applicable taxes, to be paid after invited applicants have received their confirmation package.

  • Accommodations, meals and other expenses for the week are included at no extra cost.
  • Air fare expenses will also be paid by the CEMC.

Applying to Attend

Applicants write a short essay explaining why they would be a good candidate. They must also have a Math, Science or Computing teacher fill out a reference form on their behalf. We are looking for participants with an aptitude in mathematics but little or no previous exposure to computer science. All applications must be completed by February 23, 2017. Applicants will be notified about acceptance around March 23, 2017.

2017 workshop information flyer

The application deadline has passed.

Who is selected?

We receive many applications for this workshop. We typically receive more qualified applicants than spots available, and we use lotteries to select among similarly qualified applicants. We are looking for participants with an aptitude in mathematics but little or no previous exposure to computer science. Applicants will be notified about acceptance around March 23, 2017.

Pictures from Previous Workshops

Browse a small sampling of the many photos taken in past years.

Why Is This Workshop for Women?

One of the initiatives of the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing is to encourage more females to consider computer science, in the hopes of increasing their representation in this field. See https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/wics/resources-and-information/statistics to compare the recent ratio of females to males in computer science. Workshop attendees stay in residence and are typically paired with a room-mate. Few rooms have private washrooms; most attendees use a washroom and shower facility that is shared by everyone on the all-female floor.

Questions?

For more information, please contact us.