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Six INI Students Receive Conference Scholarships

September 24, 2013

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The 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing takes place October 2-5 in Minneapolis. First organized in 1994, the annual conference is "designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront." It has grown to be one of the largest events of its kind.

Each year, the keynote and plenary speakers are respected visionaries and pacesetters. The conference offers discussions, workshops, break-out sessions and a career fair. From Cisco and Google to Google and Microsoft, some of the biggest names in the industry will fill the booths.

As a gold-level sponsor of the conference, the INI sponsors students annually through Women@INI conference scholarships, which cover registration and travel expenses. An essay contest is held in August in order to select the attendees. Students who are interested need to submit essays that described their decisions to pursue career paths in technology along with some of their most influential experiences.

This year, the INI awarded conference scholarships to six students:

  • Samantha Allen, MSISTM (MS25)
  • Maria Carrion, MSIT-MOB (MS25)
  • Neha Kapoor, MSIN (MS24)
  • Meghna Lav, MSIN (MS24)
  • Swati Singh, MSIT-SM (MS24)
  • Yiqi Wu, MSIN (MS25)

The event is a favorite among the INI students and alumni who have attended it in the past. INI student Lynn Yao (MS24) attended in 2012 after winning the essay contest.

"I enjoyed meeting all the people from different companies and universities. It was a great atmosphere that was very diverse," she said. Yao also enjoyed the career fair and said she received several interview requests from potential employers based on her submission to the conference's resume book.

"Think Big, Drive Forward" is the theme of this year's event. The conference will feature compelling speakers who include Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org; Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College; Telle Whitney, president and chief executive officer of Anita Borg Institute; Ana Gabriela Pinczuk (CIT, 2010), senior vice president of services transformation for Cisco Systems; and Arati Prabhakar, director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

For a few days each year, the most ambitious women in tech gather in one place to share wisdom and secrets of the trade. The Grace Hopper Celebration offers more than just a hiatus from the daily grind; it fills up the reserves of inspiration and energy for women for the year ahead.

Pictured above, left to right: Maria Carrion, Yiqi Wu, Meghna Lav and Neha Kapoor attended the INI Boat Cruise, where the essay contest winners were announced.

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