IEEE TryComputing Web site

The IEEE has a new Web site about computing as a career. It is targeted at pre-university students.

I like the career discovery page.

A HUGE list of opportunities for students, including scholarships

Some good lessons

IEEE Spark


IEEE Spark is an online publication intended to inspire students ages 14-18 to learn more about engineering, technology, and computing, and raise excitement about careers in these disciplines. IEEE Spark features articles on technological innovation, university preparation tips, professional career profiles, at-home activities, comics, and more! IEEE Spark is brought to you by IEEE with generous funding from the IEEE New Initiatives Committee

Facebook Message: Girls, Too, Can Do Computers

From the Seattle Times (03/11/12) Brier Dudley

Facebook is working to draw more women into the information technology industry. “I am quite hopeful that Facebook can do something to turn the tide–that we have enough cultural influence at this point that we can influence the next generation of teenage girls to consider computer science,” says Facebook’s Jocelyn Goldfein, who is working on features such as news feeds and photo and video services. Goldfein says she is an example of what women can achieve in today’s tech industry, being one of about a dozen directors, including two women, who collectively handle engineering for Facebook. “I think the biggest thing you need to do for all girls … is have role models out there,” she says. “Teenage girls are using Facebook, and so I think it’s meaningful for them to hear about women engineers working at Facebook.” Although Goldfein says it could take generations for women to make up 50 percent of computer science majors, it is possible. “Considering that women are 60 percent of undergrad degrees these days, I’m really looking for a 60-40 representation to be proportional,” she says

Confidence boosting activities for females interested in computing

Some young women who are interested in computers and engineering were having confidence issues. I asked a very successful female software engineer if she could offer some advice. Here is her reply.

‘Also, the College of Wooster hosts a cool summer camp called B-WISER (Buckeye Women In Science, Engineering, and Research Institute) every year: Although it sounds like the girls don’t fit the age for this camp, the site might provide other resources for them. And another thing to consider… maybe they could volunteer to help be advisors at the camp?! I can say from personal experience that it has helped build my confidence that women CAN do engineering (perhaps even a bit subconsciously), by helping young women realize this. I was a camp advisor during the summer after my first year in college, and it was a lot of fun! I would highly recommend this experience. Another similar camp is called Women in Science, hosted by BGSU. Our Camp Aerospace team participated by hosting an activity station at this one-day field trip camp in 2010. Again, they don’t fit the age requirement, but perhaps could volunteer to help at the camp? Another good experience. If they want additional information about the WIS camp, they can contact Kelly Cusack ( “

Hottest Major on Campus? Computer Science

Elite technology schools are receiving increasing numbers of applications from students wanting to pursue a computer science degree. Admissions officers and computer science professors expect to set a record for undergraduate applications this year, surpassing marks set more than a decade ago. “Most of the U.S. economy is stagnant, but computer science grads are getting hired and at pretty good salaries,” says Carnegie Mellon University’s Mark Stehlik. Enrollment in U.S. undergraduate computer science programs has been rising for the last three years, according to the most recent Taulbee Survey, which is conducted by the Computing Research Association. “Our computer science program has had such an incredible amount of publicity lately,” says Harvey Mudd University’s Thyra Briggs. “Also, the increased presence of women in that department is affecting our applications.” Stanford University has seen its computer science majors increase by 83 percent in the last three years. “Our enrollment was up 30 percent this fall over last fall, and we expect to see continued growth on an annual basis,” says Stanford professor Mehran Sahami. In addition, 90 percent of Stanford’s nearly 7,000 undergraduates are currently taking at least one computer science course even though it is not required to graduate