NCAR Promotes Diversity in Computing

By Staff
05/12/2011 - 12:00am
Matthew Woitaszek discusses internship programs with student participants during a networking session at the Tapia 2011 conference in San Francisco.

At the 2011 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, CISL staff showcased NCAR and the roles of computational science and computing in scientific discovery. Over 500 attendees participated in the tenth anniversary event, about 75 percent of whom were students: more than 50 percent of all participants were women, and more than 70 percent were from other under-represented groups including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and Latinos.

Tapia 2011 included a series of presentations by distinguished speakers from industry and academia. The conference program also featured professional development sessions, panel discussions, a student research poster session, a daylong Doctoral Consortium, and opportunities for students to learn about career options.

CISL’s Matthew Woitaszek and Marijke Unger staffed an NCAR table, and talked with an estimated 180 students and several professors over the course of three days, providing information about CISL's and NCAR's internship and career development opportunities like SIParCS and SOARS.

NCAR supported Tapia 2011 by providing two student scholarships. The Tapia Conference Scholarship Program facilitates attendance of those individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend.  The scholarships cover travel, hotel, and conference registration.  Preference is given to students and mentors who present posters, panels, or BoFs. 

NCAR received a plaque in recognition of its contribution to the conference, which was held in San Francisco during the first week of April.