Welcome to CSE 190a! Here, you will find resources for weekly topics, assignment information, and upcoming events.
This 1-credit seminar offers a variety of opportunities for pre-major women to explore technology-related majors and careers. We'll learn about women leaders in the field, discover 'real world' applications of CSE, and connect with other students interested in computing and currently taking 142.
Every week, we will be exploring a different topic related to women in technology, ranging in discussions exploring how gender currently plays a role in this field, discussions of the different technology-related majors and courses offered at UW, student and alumni panels, research demos, and field trips at both established technology companies (e.g., Microsoft, Google, Facebook) and some of the newer companies here in Seattle's growing start-up community.
Assignments include weekly readings, participation in weekly class discussions, and informal presentations. This class is not designed to be a heavy workload (it's only one credit) but it requires consistent participation. You can find more information about grading and participation in the course syllabus.
Why do we offer a seminar on women in CSE?
You may notice that your Intro Programming courses have more men than women. The same gender gap exists in the computer science industry.
This gender gap has nothing to do with skills. There's no difference in technical abilities between men and women. Women earn the same grades men do, and perform just as well in programming and other technology-related jobs. But fewer women go into the CS and engineering fields because fewer women are exposed them, fewer may find enough interest in them, and those who are interested may anticipate challenges in getting hired in a male-dominated field.
This gender gap limits progress in the industry and it limits progress in equality for women. Companies today have significant need for skilled, hard-working computer scientists to solve big problems, and they need a diverse workforce with individuals offering various perspectives (of course, gender is just one type of diversity - while other types are also important, they aren't the foucs of this seminar). Additionally, all people should have the opportunity to learn about this exciting and lucrative field regardless of gender. When we leave women out of technology, we limit their opportunities.
So, about 15 years ago, a CSE student and some advisers created this seminar to show more women that CS and other areas of technology are not only possible pursuits, but exciting and rewarding ones. If you're interested in these issues, or if you just want to see inside a tech company or talk to some software developers, 190a is a great opportunity!
Sections will be held every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:20PM in MGH 295.
Resources for exploring computing within and outside of your coursework. Let Maggie or Melissa know if you would like additional resources featured here!
STEM Majors Info Sessions
Undergraduate Research Info Sessions
Designed for undergraduates who have yet to begin research, these sessions provide research resources, information on funding, and suggestions for approaching faculty in departments across campus. Additionally, the sessions are highly student-driven, with an emphasis on student questions and concerns, so come prepared!
View schedule and register here.
Computer Science and Engineering Info Sessions
A general information session (no registration required) that covers topics such as admissions, curriculum, research opportunities, etc.
View schedule and register here.
Electrical Engineering Info Sesssions
If you would like to learn more about Electrical Engineering, visit one of the monthly information sessions where advisors provide information on electrical engineering as a major, a profession, the admissions process, etc.
You can find the dates for these info sessions on the EE event calendar here.
Human-Centered Design & Engineering Info Sessions
Interested in learning more about the Human Centered Design & Engineering undergraduate program? Led by HCDE advisors, these sessions provide an overview of the HCDE Bachelor of Science degree, including curriculum, admissions requirements, and application deadlines.
You can find the dates for these info sessions on the HCDE event calendar here. Also, feel free to ask Melissa about her experience in the HCDE major if you're interested in HCDE!
Informatics Info Sessions
Is the Informatics program a good fit for you? With a curriculum driven by innovation and the intersection of technology and human values, Informatics offers students opportunities for analyzing and solving problems while developing skills and experience in the design and creation of information systems, user interfaces, mobile technologies and social media.
Find out more about the program and curriculum during one of the info sessions in this schedule.
Facebook Internship for College Underclassmen
Paid, 8 week program designed to provide mobile development experience to students who are historically under-represented in computer science. Find out more here!
Google Internship for College Underclassmen
The Engineering Practicum program is a 12-week developmental opportunity for first and second-year undergraduate students with a passion for technology -- especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field. Find out more here!
Intel Internship for College Underclassmen
Find out more about Intel's Early Internship for Software Engineering (IRISE) here!
Microsoft Internship for College Underclassmen
Paid, 12 week summer internship program specifically designed for college underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) and offers a rotational experience that enables you to gain experience in our different software engineering roles. Find out more here!
Articles, blogs, and other online resources to explore various topics related to technology and women in computing.
Amazon is donating $10 million toward the cost of a new computer science and engineering building on the UW’s Seattle campus. CSE's Ed Lazowska is quoted.
A new University of Washington study is among the first to address that question by comparing gender disparities across STEM fields.
The University of Washington is featured in this article discussing the recent growth in women enrollment in STEM among other top colleges.
UWToday discusses a new University of Washington study assessing how accurate gender representations are in online image search results for 45 different occupations.
The University of Washington is featured in the Washington Post for its role in having the largest share of women in computer science among the nation's public universities.
A UW team of electrical engineers and computer scientists has created a way for implanted medical devices to easily send vital health data to a smartphone while using very little power. EE doctoral student Vikram Iyer and CSE/EE associate professor Joshua Smith are quoted in this featured Seattle Times article.
Big data is hardly new at this point - nor has it wrought anywhere near its potential effects on many companies and institutions insulated by inertia and red tape. A summer program at the UW called Data Science for Good shows that fresh eyes and good code can make more in 10 weeks than some have done in as many years.
October 2015: A story of Tessa Hurr faced challenges in the male-dominated CS program and how Lean In organization had helped her to find the support and feel more important in her work.
Debbie Sterling is an engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. Watch her interesting story.
September 2015: A startup company Tune operates an 8 bedrooms house for 8 UW women studying in Computer Science. Find out what motivates them to start this project.
April 2015: How Saloni Parikh took her passion for global health and her knack for computer science halfway across the world, playing a key role in HIV-fighting research.
In the quarterly magazine of the Oceanography Society, Micaela Parker and Sarah Stone of UW's eScience Institute talk about what inspired them to jointly apply to the program manager position, in which they share responsibility for day-to-day operations of the institute and serve as the primary point of contact for campus and external partners and the public.
Interesting Technology Websites and Blogs
Most Significant Bits (MSB) is the newsletter of UW Computer Science and Engineering. Published semiannually, MSB reports news and information about the department, including the undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and the alumni.
A pretty neat blog authored by one of our alumni panelists.