The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) awarded BISV students Shreya K., Eva P., Shreya S., and Sara S., the 2017 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.
“I’m very proud of our students who won the awards, they worked tirelessly and did innovative work that benefitted fellow students and the community-at-large,” said Ms. Swetha Bhattacharya, Shreya S. and Sara S.'s computer science teacher.
Each year, U.S. high school girls in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to receive recognition for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. This year, 50 winners and 350 honorable mentions were selected from more than 3,500 amazing, talented young women.
Shreya S. said that she was thrilled when she heard that she was selected. She said “I want to use my computer skills to aid medical research and solve medical problems, so people can lead better quality lives.”
“I’m very excited and honored to be recognized by NCWIT,” said Sara S. “I’m currently doing an internship at the Stanford School of Medicine working on stem cell research. My background in Computer Science will help me tremendously in my research at Stanford.”
Charlie McDowell, Professor of Computer Science UC Santa Cruz, for the Bay Area NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Team said all four girls did amazing work and the selection process was rigorous,. He said this recognition “is a real testament to the work they have put into learning about computing.”
Eva P. is the Head of Programming for FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5905 and founder of the Girls in Tech Club at BISV. She has also participated and mentored in the Technovation Challenge during 2015-16 season. “I love teaching coding to other girls,” said Eva, “currently I’m organizing PixelHacks, an all-girls high school hackathon.”
Ms. Visa Thiagarajan, Shreya K. and Eva P.'s computer science teacher, said “Shreya’s eyes light up when she talks about Computer Science. There is no doubt that she will make a great impact on the world. Eva’s enthusiasm has no bounds. She is very determined and such a positive role model for younger students.”
Shreya K., says that she intends to pursue a career in computer science in the future and to use computing and technology as a means of enhancing the quality of living and education. In addition to her outstanding work as a robotics team member, she also teaches younger girls to code through the organization Girls Who Code.
Read more about the student’s accomplishments and NCWIT at: https://www.aspirations.org
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