A group of Lewis Computer Science students, faculty and alumna attended the Chicago Women in Computing Conference Oct. 26 and 27. Lewis students Lacey Bersano of Shorewood, Jessica Dreher of Justice and Samantha Payne of Romeoville joined alumni Trina McNamara and Dana Dominiak at the conference, which explored ways to attract more young women to the field of computer science.
CHIWIC brings together professionals in the computer science field and brainstorm on new ideas for improving the field and attracting more young women to the field. “Computer Science is an area in which the pay difference between men and women is smallest, but it also is the field in which the percentage of women is among the least. Conferences, such as the CHIWIC, emphasize the need to change that,” said Dr. Cindy Kersey, assistant professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, who attended the conference as well. CHIWIC also provided Lewis students the opportunity to learn more about the computer science field and develop new ideas that will help them succeed in their careers.
“The Lewis Department of Mathematics and Computer Science department has experienced impressive growth in the number of female Computer Science majors over the past few years, but we are looking for ways to continue and accelerate that trend. We will continue participating and hopefully leading efforts like this in the future,” added Kersey.
Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science as well as minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It also co-manages a Master of Science in Information Security, which includes an innovative fast-track program that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive plenty of real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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