INI Student Tyelisa Shields: Grace Hopper Conference "Very Strong Influence"

April 12, 2010

INI student Tyelisa Shields was a two-time recipient of conference scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing during both years of her graduate school career. As she looks toward graduation next month and an exciting new job ahead, hear her thoughts on the experience of attending the conferences and how the people she met enriched her professional perspective and career path, as written in her article for the Grace Hopper Celebration Newsletter.

The following excerpts are from Tyelisa's article:

"In August, 2008, as a first year graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Networking Institute, I had the opportunity to apply for Carnegie Mellon’s Academic Underwriter scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC). Fortunately, my essay was amongst the winners, thus I was able to attend my first GHC. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect of an all women’s conference; nevertheless I was willing to explore, and am delighted that I did! Actually, I enjoyed GHC 2008 so much that I applied and received a scholarship to attend GHC 2009 as well."

"...For those who are considering applying for a scholarship to attend GHC, I highly recommend that you do so. My experience at Grace Hopper enhanced my academic career at Carnegie Mellon by allowing me to understand different cultures and how to deal with tough situations. It is comforting to know that problems you may have are not yours alone; others have encountered the same obstacles and have persevered. Over the past two years, I have grown personally, professionally, and have become aware of the challenges that technical women face. The Grace Hopper Conference has had a very strong influence on my present success and has built a strong foundation for the destined greatness ahead."

Read the full article.


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