The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is awarding a $10,000 cash prize to up to six college women. The NCWIT Collegiate Award, sponsored by HP and Qualcomm, honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of college women of any year of study. The award recognizes technical projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential societal impact.
Last year's winners include a University of Texas student who created a mobile app to help people connect to social services in their area.
Another winner from Michigan State University developed a mobile app to help Android users discover use patterns that affect their device's battery life.
A student from Southwestern University created a data visualization tool for researchers to analyze body image hashtags on Instagram.
Applications are now open. Collegiates may apply online, and the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 25, 2016. Winners will receive the cash prize, an engraved trophy and a trip to the annual NCWIT Summit on Women and IT for recognition at an awards ceremony and reception.
NCWIT wants to identify and support talented, passionate college women in computing. If you know a student who should apply for the NCWIT Collegiate Award, encourage her to apply. Immediate Family (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren and persons residing in the same household) of employees, extended staff, contractors or board members of NCWIT are prohibited from receiving the award.