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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

One-week session in spring 2017.


There is a $150 registration fee 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

Applications are typically accepted from mid-January to mid-March. Applicants write a short essay explaining why they would be a good candidate. They must also have a teacher fill out a reference form on their behalf. Sign up to receive the 2017 workshop information flyer next winter.

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 have been notified whether or not they were selected and a waiting list has already been selected.

Pictures from Previous Workshops

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


For more information, please contact us.