W&L Faculty to Present Collaborative Project at LAWDI Institute

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



W&L at Grace Hopper: Are We There Yet?

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.

Haley, Sam, Cory, and Deirdre at the entryway for the conference

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.

Some highlights:

  • 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.
Haley, Alicia, and Deirdre at the Inner Harbor. The RockIT Science and Systers 25th Anniversary Celebration was held at the Maryland Science Center.

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.

W&L Computer Science Featured on WVTF

Sandy Hausman from WVTF reported a story about women in computer science at Washington and Lee.  The story features Professor Sara Sprenkle and students Camille Cobb ’12 and Cory Walker ’15.

Women in Computer Science at W&L

Sophomore journalism and computer science double major Shannon McGovern created a feature about women in computer science at W&L for a journalism course.

Professor Sprenkle at GHC


Professor Sara Sprenkle attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Atlanta, GA from September 29-October 2.  The conference brings together women in computing from all over the world, highlights women’s technical achievements, and promotes women’s career interests.

2010’s conference is the 10th in the series and the fourth one Professor Sprenkle has attended.   This year’s conference broke records with a turnout of 2147 attendees representing 29 countries.

Professor Sprenkle served as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee and the Workshop and Panels Selection Committee.  She also moderated a panel called Getting Off to a Great Start in Academia: Advice from the Other Side of the Tenure Track, which attracted about 100 attendees.

prof sprenkle at ghc
Professor Sprenkle takes notes during the Thursday morning keynote.

Scholarships to Attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

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 Presents Research at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Camille Cobb '12 (right) with co-author Katie Baldwin
Camille Cobb '12 (right) with co-author Katie Baldwin

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.

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