Pass-It-On Awards Program: Spring 2011 Systers Pass-It-On Award Winners
Alexandra is a doctoral candidate in computer engineering at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research is on game-based learning about childbirth to improve birth outcomes, teaching childbirth mechanics and support strategies to expectant fathers. The project will create a multimedia interactive simulation for training birth partners in best practices in supporting a mother in labor using a participatory design methodology in which expectant mothers, birth partners, nurses in advanced practice, and computer scientists and engineers work together to develop iterations of the system prototypes.
Beatrice is a student at the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon and her project consists of training courses in computer software specific to social sciences, buying an up-to-date computer equipped with a printer, SPSS and Office software. A monthly training session will then be organized for 50 girls to pass on the knowledge learned from the original training courses. These additional sessions will be held on campus with support from the Sociology Department.
B. Devi of Chennai, Tamil Nadu in India is working towards obtaining a Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) from Sri Muthukumaran Institute of Technology. She received a PIO award Fall 2009 to begin her studies and her Spring 2011 award will be used to finish her college studies. She is the first in her family and her community to receive a college education.
Nur Aini R.
Nur Aini, the mother of one baby girl, the founder of the Indonesia Linux Women Group (known as KLUWEK) and is pursuing a PhD at DERI Galway. She is also developing Keyrani, an Android application for baby monitoring such as immunization, pregnancy and baby weight, and writes an IT column in Indonesian Women Magazine monthly. Her project consists of conducting workshops focused on encouraging women to use the Internet, including protecting children on the Internet, blogging, how to monetize (selling products, advertising online, etc), learning through search engines (e.g., getting food recipes), etc. Eight offline workshops will be held throughout Indonesia.
Polyxeni is a new Computer Science faculty member at Jacksonville University (JU). She completed her Ph.D. at North Carolina State University and previously worked as a Software Performance Engineer at IBM, Research Triangle Park. The mission of her project is to attract young women to studies in computer science and engineering fields through a mentoring network with a pyramid structure. Faculty at JU will form a computer science organization for college women teaching how to program with Alice, design a website using Microsoft Word and WebDwarf, and build and program robots with Lego MindStorms. The college women will pass the experience gained with these applications on to high school girls, through quarterly workshops at JU computer labs.
Victoria is a sophomore in Columbia Engineering studying Applied Mathematics. As a Google Anita Borg Scholar, she was a computer science apprentice at Google headquarters. Her project, The Digital STEM, hopes to bridge the digital divide between technology and disadvantaged young people who lack even basic access to computers or the Internet. The project will teach girls ages 10-14 how to refurbish used computers, develop a basic website, utilize academic software, and become leaders in their own schools and communities. At the end of the semester, each girl involved in The Digital STEM will receive the computer that she refurbishes. As the cohorts of the program advance in their skills, they learn how to teach and tutor the incoming students.