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2012.10.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Stacie Petter - College of IS&T
phone: 402.554.2077 - email: spetter@unomaha.edu

College of IS&T Seeking High School Women for National Award

Omaha - As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) are seeking applications from young women in Nebraska with outstanding achievements and aspirations in computing and technology for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

The award is open to any U.S. high school female in grades nine through 12. Award winners will be selected for their aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

Each national award winner will receive:

• $500 in cash
• A laptop computer to enhance their future in technology
• An engraved award for both the student and the student’s school
• A trip to the National Award Ceremony for the award recipient and a paren or guardian.

NCWIT’s Nebraska Affiliate is also offering an Affiliate Award. Applicants can enter both the affiliate and national award competitions. Affiliate award winners will be honored at an April 5, 2013 banquet in Omaha hosted by the College of IS&T.

To apply, visit http://www.ncwit.org/award. Online applications must be submitted by 10:59 PM CST on Oct. 31, 2012.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to acknowledge the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits.

“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Stacie Petter, associate professor of information systems in IS&T.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is sponsored by the Bank of America. The Affiliate Award is sponsored by Microsoft, Motorola and Google.


2011 Winners of the NCWIT Awards

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