Penn Engineering Receives Honorable Mention for 2017 NEXT Award

Penn Engineering's Department of Computer and Information Science has received an honorable mention for the National
Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) award. The NEXT award celebrates excellence in recruiting and retaining women in computing education.

Penn Engineering's Department of Computer and Information Science is being recognized for sustaining above-average recruitment, retention, and graduation rates for women over the past decade. The department's potential for improving performance is enhanced by providing multiple curricular options for entering computing, offering two tracks for Intro Programming (experienced and no prior experience), supporting student development with money earmarked for research experiences for undergraduates (REUs), increasing hires of female faculty, and broadening institutional responsibility and support for gender diversity.

As part of this honorable mention, the department will receive a $10,000 gift and be honored at an awards ceremony on May 23rd, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona at the NCWIT Summit.

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