Scott McCrickard

Scott McCrickard

Scott McCrickard
Blacksburg, Virginia


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NCWIT Pacesetters VA Tech - Scott McCrickard Scott McCrickard: My name is Scott McCrickard, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. At Virginia Tech we are reaching out to women and girls in high school and middle school. Featured in these visits are women from our current under-graduate program, in particular the women in our Association for Women in Computing. We are also engaged in in-reach to women who already are at Virginia Tech, who are not computer science majors. We are doing that through talks during first year courses, pre-freshmen programs, as well as visits to our female residential community. Finally, we are introducing some “designer minors.” Those are computer science minors that combine with other fields, like business, math and psychology, that traditionally have more women than computer science and other engineering fields. We expect that these programs will help us to increase the number and percentage of females that are engaged in computer science at Virginia Tech, leading to a larger and more impactful population in computing. Transcription by CastingWords

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In October 2011, I sat to share that we've seen a 56% increase in the number of female high school students who have met with the school and show interest. We send visiting teams of CS faculty, advisors and students to interact with them as mentors and peers, including female role models from our undergraduate population. We also connect with uncommitted first-year College of Engineering students, with a focus on female students, through face-to-face programs in the first-year classes, during pre-freshman summer programs and at our on-campus engineering women’s dorm, Hypatia. We also created "designer minors" that combine CS with other disciplines (ex. business, math, psych, bioinformatics), drawing on populations with higher female/male ratios than engineering. Our overall goal for Pacesetters will be attained when we double the number of women CS graduates at Virginia Tech from a baseline of our 2009 graduating class. We also have annual goals of visiting between 20-50 high school girls and graduating 10 women with CS minors. Go Hokies!