Dr. Brenda Wilson with her crew of volunteers from Women in Computing at the Tent City - 2011 Homecoming

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MSU Women In Computing Win Award

Women in Computing - 2011 The National Council for Women in Technology (NCWIT) has selected Murray State University’s Women in Computing club to receive the Return Path Student Seed Fund grant for 2011-12.

Dr. Brenda Wilson, adviser to the Murray Club, realizing that women needed a place and an organization to meet and discuss matters of interest to them started the club in Spring 2008 with Xinia Munoz as the first President. Since then, Dr. Wilson and the students have been busy with workshops, conferences and numerous other activities to get young women to get comfortable with technology and be able to discuss career opportunities and projects of interest to them.

Dr. Brenda Wilson with her crew of volunteers from Women in Computing at the Tent City - 2011 Homecoming
(l to r) Jessica Lott (Vice President), Kathy Garland, Dr. Brenda Wilson (Adviser), Christina Peach (President), Tamela Hayton (Outstanding CSIS Administrative Assistant)

The group will soon be hosting the second "Kentucky Celebration of Women in Computing" conference in the Kentucky Dam Village Resort in February 2012. The first conference was held in 2010 and was a huge success. The group has been extremely busy raising funds through very creative means so that the participants can attend the conference paying little or no money at all.

The Return Path Student Seed Fund grant is a very timely award and will certainly go towards reaching more and more young women interested in technology - perhaps even in the area middle and high schools.

Since 1999, Return Path has helped some of the world’s most successful companies use email more effectively. They have donated funds to seed programs and initiatives for student organizations that promote increased women in computing and IT programs on NCWIT's Academic Alliance member campuses. 

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