The Fifth Grace Hopper Celebration: Making History, celebrating the impact of
women past, present, and future on computing.
Women@IT: Graduate Education, The Next Big Thing
Anastassia Ailamaki, Lenore Blum, M. Bernardine Dias, Carol Frieze, Manuela Veloso, and
PhD Students from Robotics, Language Technologies and Computer Science
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
The next generation of IT professionals will be drawn from the upcoming generations of IT
students. The future of this field, including its potential to transform society, will be shaped by
these students. Thus, it is critical to attract and promote students who will be future leaders and
visionaries and bring diverse perspectives to the table. The theme of our proposed session is:
increasing the pool of women students in graduate CS/IT programs and positioning them to
become future university CS/IT faculty and leaders in the field.
Top tier schools of computer science have undergraduate populations hovering in the range of
10% to 20% for women. At the graduate level, data gathered by the Taulbee Survey (2000-2001)
from 173 Ph.D. granting departments show women represent 19% of students in computer
science and computer engineering (16% graduate with PhDs). At the faculty level, only 15% of
the new tenure-track faculty are female and at the full professor level, only 8% are female.
In this three part panel session, we plan to present a program of strategies for recruitment,