Rebecca Benefiel, associate professor of classics at Washington and Lee University, and Sara Sprenkle, assistant professor of computer science at W&L, will present their prototype of a new web application involving the ancient graffiti of Pompeii at the Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI) later this month
Six students and one faculty member represented Washington and Lee at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Baltimore, MD. The student-focused conference features both technical and professional development sessions.
Alicia Bargar ’13, Samantha O’Dell ’15, and Cory Walker ’15 were awarded ultra-competitive scholarships to attend. Having three scholarship winners from W&L–out of 300 scholarships awarded and many, many more applicants–is quite impressive! Haley Archer-McClellan ’15, Deirdre Tobin ’15, and Wenda Tu ’14 were generously supported by the Provost’s Office.
All students agreed the conference was an inspiring and motivating experience and the career fair opened their eyes to a lot of opportunities.
Cory won a Ninja Coder t-shirt from Amazon for programming the Fibonacci sequence in Python
Wenda met an executive from GE and had an enlightening conversation that covered some diverse topics, including material for Wenda’s Feminist Social and Political Philosophy course.
Professor Sprenkle attended the conference as a representative of the GHC Academic Advisory Board, helped lead the Faculty Speed Networking session, helped organize the Faculty Lightning Talks, and served as a judge of the undergraduate student research competition.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Are We There Yet?” While the answer seems to clearly be “no”, W&L is definitely making strides in the right direction.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will be held in nearby Atlanta, September 28 – October 2, 2010. The theme of the conference is “Collaborating Across Boundaries”. The conference is a great opportunity for students to network with employers for jobs and internships as well as with students and faculty from other schools.
If you are interested in attending the conference, you should apply for a scholarship. Scholarships cover conference registration (which includes most meals), lodging, and travel. Applications are due May 14.
Camille Cobb ’12 presented a research poster at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The poster entitled “Exploring Data Models for Automatically Generating Tests for Web Applications” is co-authored with Carrie Hopkins ’12 and Professor Sara Sprenkle as well as Katie Baldwin ’10 and Professor Lori Pollock from the University of Delaware.
Many people came to talk to Camille and Katie about their poster, including alumna Anne Van Devender ’09 and the CTO of Amazon Werner Vogels, who especially encouraged them to continue their research.