It is no secret that computer science needs more women. Historically, women have been woefully underrepresented in the field, and Microsoft Research, among others, is committed to helping encourage and support women interested in pursuing a career in computing.
Thus, we are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2011 Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarships. Recipients of this honor represent institutions of higher learning from coast to coast, and each has displayed a sincere passion for technology that has the potential to transform our future. This year’s recipients:
These 10 women have been selected from the many applicants for this year’s scholarships, a one-year program—organized by Jane Prey, Microsoft Research senior research program manager—for outstanding women graduate students. The program, which supports women in the second year of their graduate studies, is designed specifically to help increase the number of women pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science.
“Microsoft Research understands the value of diversity of thought in producing high-quality research,” Prey said upon the announcement of the recipients of this year’s scholarships, which were inaugurated in 2009. “We want to be part of the solution that brings more gender diversity to the community. Enabling early-career graduate women to focus on research earlier can not only benefit them, but benefit all of us.
Scholarship recipients, who must apply during the first year of their graduate studies, are awarded $15,000, which is applied toward their graduate programming for the 2011-’12 academic year, and a $2,000 allowance to be applied to conference fees and travel.