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Binghamton University's Watson College

Credit: Binghamton University

Diversifying Coding, or D-Coding, is the latest Watson College program designed to encourage women, underrepresented minorities, and students from low-income backgrounds to pursue a STEM education.

Among the benefits for undergraduates in the program are digital badges in technical courses, a stipend of $1,000 per semester for two semesters, an internship, near-peer mentoring, and paid travel to a professional conference.

D-Coding started in fall 2020 thanks to a donation from Jim Bankoski, a distinguished engineer at Google and a Binghamton University alumnus.

Encouraging and cultivating the next generation of programmers also serves a practical purpose.

"We have trouble getting enough high-tech software engineers in our industry," Bankoski says. "There's also a whole segment of people who get turned off by computer science long before they get to this level. I want to help resolve that issue."

From Binghamton University
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