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MinneWIC 2017

Picture from MinneWIC 2017: Left to Right: Huyen Le (Computer Science PhD Candidate), Mina Rao (Computer Science), Kyle Rector (CS Assistant Professor), Rachel Bartlett (Informatics/Psychology), Olivia Nauman (Biology/Informatics), Hyo Kyung Kang (Computer Science/Mathematics), Xiaoxuan Zhang (Computer Science PhD Candidate), Momina Tabish (Computer Science PhD Candidate)

Eight members of the UI Computer Science Department  Undergraduates: three Computer Science, two Informatics; three PhD candidates; and Assistant Professor Kyle Rector — travelled to Minneapolis, MN to attend MinneWIC 2017 "the ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing for the Upper MidWest" February 17 and 18.

According to the event website "this regional meeting bring[s] together students, faculty, and computing professionals from across Minnesota and neighboring states to share experiences and strategies for recruiting and retaining women in computing fields, and explore issues common to women working in these fields. Specifically, the goal is to provide an opportunity for young women to explore career opportunities in computing, and to network with women from academia, industry and government. This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of women choosing computer science professions."

On the program were keynotes, poster sessions, talks, career/academia panels, as well as a career fair.

Per attendee Olivia Nauman (Biology/Informatics Major): "It is so wonderful to be able to network with other women in technology and to feel the support towards your success from your peers. The keynotes were inspiring and well-versed on their topics of expertise. I have nothing but positive feedback on my experience with this conference;" adding that she is "thankful [...] to both the MinneWIC coordinators and the University of Iowa Computer Science Department for making this experience possible."

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